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Child Custody

A seven-year-old boy was at the centre of a Newcastle courtroom drama when he challenged a court order over who should have custody of him.

The boy had a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her.

When the judge then suggested that he lived with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him

After two recesses to check legal references and to confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to Sunderland Football Club, whom the boy firmly believes are incapable of beating anyone.

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