New Custody Option for Youngest Child of Ricky Holland's Mom

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

Terrified the future could repeat itself: "Casey doesn't get up any morning without wondering, why did this happen?" said Casey and Matthew Caswell's attorney William Campbell.

Campbell says they're doing everything they can to make sure their 7-month-old son Matthew Caswell II stays out of the foster care system which led to Ricky Holland's murder: "They live in an apartment now. Matthew has a part-time job. He's looking for full-time employment."

But keeping the baby out of the same system Casey's five older children were involved in may still mean giving up their parental rights.

"The prosecutor presented an option for a relative adoption. Apparently this relative came from out of the blue."

Court was quickly adjourned because the Caswells and DHS representatives want more time to consider an offer made by a distant cousin for an open adoption.

"The possible outcomes are, the parents would release their parental rights, or they can sit there and say, we chose not to release our rights, and we would like to have this matter schedule for a full hearing," said Judge George Economy.

"The Caswells are going to work with their counselors and ministers to determine not only what is in their best interest, but more importantly, what is in Matthew's best interest."


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  • by Ashley Location: Location on Sep 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    The reason it seems this cousin appeared out of no where is because they did! Caswell's and this cousin do not even know each other and have never met until today! Apparently it is more important to place the little guy with a relative that they don't know at all then to place him with his sibling who has been adopted for several years and is doing wonderfully and very well loved :( This is a perfect example of just how broken our system really is!!!!!!
  • by Tory Location: mason on Sep 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    when is she going to be required to have her tubes tied????? look at all the damage she is doing to these children. beside being a drain on society!!!!!!!!!
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