Mich. judge to deployed sailor: Appear in court or lose custody of daughter

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

A father and U.S. Navy sailor could lose custody of his child because his military obligations are preventing him from appearing in court.

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ADRIAN, Mich. -- A father and U.S. Navy sailor could lose custody of his child because his military obligations are preventing him from appearing in court.

Matthew Hindes was given custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after child services determined her mother was neglecting her.

Now, a Michigan judge is ordering Hindes to appear in court or he could lose his daughter, and be arrested for contempt.

The only problem is that Hindes is on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean and can't make it back in time.

The Service Members Civil Relief Act allows courts to give service members 90 days to make it back for court hearings. But the judge won't do it, because he says Hindes should have left the 6-year-old child with her mother while he was overseas.

KOMO News reports that Kaylee has been staying with her step-mother in Washington state.

There are several online petitions urging the judge to delay the hearing, and military lawyers are also involved.

But so far, the judge is not budging.

Protests are planned for Monday outside the courthouse in Adrian, Michigan.


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