Things didn't end well when Casey Caswell put her son Ricky in foster care years ago. He was killed by his foster parents, Tim and Lisa Holland, back in 2006.
On Tuesday morning, Casey and her husband, Matthew Caswell listened to their history as it was discussed at the Ingham County Courthouse, including his criminal sexual conduct, admitted drug use, and her carelessness with the six children she doesn't have custody of.
Child Protective services Bob Siegel described their situation when he visited them in February: "They are still in a sense homeless, they are renting out a living room in a friend's home, they were both unemployed, and they had no income except Mrs. Caswell was receiving benefits from DHS."
The two youngest of the six kids are Matthew's. Their first was a daughter they gave up for adoption a few years ago, but they want to keep their youngest, 5-month-old Mathew II.
"They have the opportunity to go out and make the effort to show that they really, really want this child," said Judge George Economy.
The Judge and lawyers agreed to postpone a final decision on the couple's parental rights until September; giving them a chance to make good on promises to find jobs and a permanent place to live.
"If they demonstrate to me that they aren't able to reunite, then I have to make the very hard decision of saying, well, the child can't wait. I have to terminate your rights," continued Economy.
The next court date is set for September 18, when a final decision should be made.