Since eight-year-old Relisha Rudd has been missing, the concentration of her environment in a homeless shelter, her missing absences from school, and her mother has been the focus in the news. Rightly so, since Relisha needs to be found and issues that have surrounded her needs to be addressed and corrected.
Now the father of Relisha, Irving Rudd, is highlighted in the news. Rudd, 43, wants custody of Relisha’s three brothers. One of the boys is his biological son, the oldest, aged 7. The other two boys are from Shamika Young’s boyfriend, Antonio Wheeler, according to the Washington Post. Young is Relisha Rudd's mother.
But difficulty lies ahead for the father due to a problematic situation in which Rudd himself served time in prison due to a 1992 incident. Rollingout.com gives the reason why –
But why would the courts deny a stable father custody over a homeless, drug-addicted mom? Simple, because Irving Rudd murdered one of his daughters 20 years ago.
Rudd was 23 in 1992 when he killed 17-month old Tarricka Rudd. Two witnesses testified that Rudd grabbed the child by the neck and threw her against the wall because the toddler would not stop crying. After further abusing Tarricka, she arrived at Children’s Hospital with a split lip, a fractured skull and bruises all over her body, and she eventually died.
Rudd was charged with involuntary manslaughter for his crime and served 10 years of a possible 15-year sentence.
This difficult and upsetting situation can only be blamed on the parents; both have created a terrible environment for their children. D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Janet Albert will open the case in June to decide if the father is stable enough to care for the boys, or go back to a mother who has already neglected them, or to foster care where the boys have been since March.
More on this stiory from the Washington Post can be read below.