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Custodial father facing criminal charges for death of daughter

According to recent media reports, a 31-year-old father who was awarded full legal and physical custody of his daughter has been charged with murdering her nearly three years later. The girl was four years old. The father was married to the mother of his child, but they had a falling out and were divorced in 2012.

At the time of the divorce, the couple had two daughters together. Although the reason for the divorce is not known, a document was uncovered that listed a partial reason by the father for the divorce, i.e. that the wife not willing to salvage the marriage. After the couple separated and eventually divorced, they went their separate ways.

The court awarded full child custody of both the couple's daughters to their father about three years ago. Shortly thereafter, the man remarried. The newly married couple eventually had another baby together and all five of them lived together in an apartment home. Three years later, the youngest daughter was found dead and police have now criminally charged the 31-year-old father and the stepmother of beating the little girl to death with a piece of wood. He is facing murder and aggravated child abuse charges. All other children are now in protective custody and the Florida Department of Children and Families has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the four-year-old girl.

The tragic circumstances surrounding this case are unfathomable. But, generally, matters of divorce, child custody and parental involvement can get complicated and emotional. It is imperative to consider seeking legal representation to help navigate the intricacies of family law cases. Florida courts apply the best interest of the child standard when determining child custody arrangements. Occasionally, such cases can get convoluted. In other cases, filing for modification of child custody may become necessary due to a substantial change in the custodial parent's circumstances.

Source: CBS WJAX-TV Action News, "Father accused of killing 4-year-old awarded full custody of child 3 years ago," Lorena Inclan, Feb. 4, 2015

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