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    Cousin makes case for raising Haylee
    January 8, 2010
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    Loretta Means thought she and her husband were going to raise Haylee Donathan.

    Means testified Thursday on the fourth day of the 5-year-old's custody hearing in Richland County Juvenile Court. Her husband Ken is Haylee's third cousin on the maternal side.

    A nursing assistant at an Ashland nursing home, Means said a Children Services employee told her she and Ken would get Haylee if they had a clean criminal background and no previous dealings with the agency. A tearful Means said she later discovered Haylee was in foster care from reading the News Journal. Haylee has been with a foster family since July 22, when she was returned from San Diego.

    Means and her husband met later with a Children Services supervisor, who told them they were turned down for temporary placement because they had little to no prior relationship with Haylee. Loretta has never met Haylee. Ken later testified he has seen her twice, spending about two hours with her.

    When court adjourned, Children Services spokesman Carl Hunnell elaborated.

    "The Means were conditionally approved in an agency home study, but such an approval does not mean the child's placement is certain," Hunnell said. "We felt it was in the best interests of the child to be placed in this therapeutic foster home. We stand behind that decision today."

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    Testimony ends; Haylee decision expected Monday
    January 8, 2010
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    Richland County Juvenile Court Judge Ron Spon listened to five attorneys and two grandmothers and said he would announce his decision Monday.

    Spon will be ruling on two issues. He must decide whether to terminate parental rights — as Children Services has requested — and who gets custody of Haylee.

    Prior to the parties making their appeals before Spon, Haylee’s appointed court advocate made his recommendation. Dupree Taylor said he thinks Haylee should remain in the custody of Children Services for the time being but ultimately should go to Ken and Loretta Means, Haylee’s third cousins on the maternal side.

    Taylor said he based his recommendation on the Means’ relationship.

    “They’re very warm and loving. To me, their bond is extraordinary,” he said. “I got the feeling they would provide love and affection to any child.”

    Under questioning from attorney Phil Naumoff, representing Haylee’s father, Taylor said the foster parents asked him about his recommendation. The advocate said he told them it was subject to change. Taylor said the foster mother became angry and the parents didn’t cooperate with him afterward.


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    Haylee Donathan Custody Trial
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    Decision In Haylee Donathan Case Could Come Monday
    1/8/2010 5:39:04 PM
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    Richland County Children Services placement program supervisor Lori Feeney and Court Appointed Special Advocate Depree Taylor testified about the placement of Haylee with her foster family over the Means.

    Feeney said the goal was to place Haylee in a trained and certified foster home. She said the Means were not trained and had no prior relationship with Haylee.

    The Means testified Thursday they had very little contact with Haylee but, were told by an intake investigator that Haylee would placed in their home. The Means also said they would be willing to take whatever training was required to get Haylee during their home visit with the intake investigator.

    Feeney said if the Means would have had a relationship with Haylee she would have looked at their case differently. Taylor said he recommended that Haylee remain in the temporary custody of Richland County Children Services and later be placed with Ken and Loretta Means.

    Spon is expected to announce his decision on Monday.


    Video - Decision In Haylee Donathan Case Could Come Monday
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    Judge will determine custody Monday
    January 9, 2010
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    A judge will announce his decision in the Haylee Donathan custody case at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

    Children Services attorney Edith Gilliland said Haylee has been through enough.

    "It's time to provide a sense of stability, a sense of safety and a sense of well-being so that she can move forward," Gilliland said. "We can only come to one conclusion: The child deserves this finality."

    The foster parents, who are not a party in the case, have said they would like to raise Haylee. Children Services would make that determination if awarded permanent custody.

    Ken and Loretta Means, Haylee's third cousins on the maternal side, also are seeking custody. Some of the attorneys representing other family members said if their clients didn't get Haylee, they hoped she would go to the Means family.

    Phil Naumoff, who represents Haylee's father James, was one of them.

    "Parental rights should not be severed," Naumoff said. "We would ask that legal custody be given to the Means. Let's show this young girl that she can be loved within that bloodline.

    "She deserves that."

    After the hearing, Children Services spokesman Carl Hunnell said the claim the agency wants to avoid suitable family members and place children in foster care is incorrect.

    "Despite testimony introduced in court, our policy is to always look for a suitable relative first when it comes to placement of a child," he said.

    As of Friday afternoon, Hunnell said, 79 percent of the 211 children the agency has placed are with relatives.

    "We have just 43 children in foster care homes at this time, and we have 168 living with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. Compare that 43 number to 1999 when we had 288 children in foster care homes," Hunnell said. "When we don't place a child with a family member, there are valid reasons. Foster homes are the exception, not the rule."

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    Breaking News: Judge Spon rules on Haylee's custody
    January 11, 2010
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    Richland County Juvenile Court Judge Ron Spon ruled Monday to terminate parental rights and to allow Childrens Services to retain custody of Haylee Donathan.

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    http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/...12/1002/NEWS01

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Who Cares View Post
    Breaking News: Judge Spon rules on Haylee's custody
    January 11, 2010
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    Richland County Juvenile Court Judge Ron Spon ruled Monday to terminate parental rights and to allow Childrens Services to retain custody of Haylee Donathan.

    Article:
    http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/...12/1002/NEWS01

    I don't know if I understand what this ruling means. Right now if Children's Services is retaining custody of Haylee, does it rule out the chance of her later being sent to a relative in the future?

    I read the parent's rights have been terminated, they can't get custody again, is that right? Or can they petition to have their rights restored in the future?

    Do these type of foster placements get reviewed every so often to decide if they're still the best place for the child to be?

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    The 2nd article here is a little clearer for everyone!

    Mary Watson: Son's punishment unfair
    January 11, 2010
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    Mary Watson said if her son’s case weren’t so high profile, Cyle Watson would not have been sentenced so severely on Monday.

    Haylee Donathan’s maternal uncle was handed three years of community control upon his release from prison. Now incarcerated at Ross Correctional Institution, Watson was sentenced last summer to eight years for a probation violation unrelated to the Haylee case.

    Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese told Watson, 22, that if he violates his new probation terms, he could receive up to five more years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

    Upon release, Cyle must get and keep a full-time job, beginning at the Volunteers of America in Mansfield. He will also be subject to a substance abuse evaluation, may not live with any girlfriends and must have no contact with anyone involved in the Haylee incident.

    Cyle Watson, charged with complicity to escape, was solemn as he listened to his fate Monday.

    When asked if he wanted to make a statement, he looked down at his feet and replied, “No, sir.”

    Mary fears her own fate.

    “I’m high profile, too, so they’re probably going to slam it to me, too,” she said.


    “Praying isn’t helping. I know God’s out there, but our prayers aren’t working.”


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    Children Services Gets Permanent Custody Of Haylee Donathan
    1/11/2010 3:40:12 PM
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    Judge Ron Spon ruled to terminate parental rights and allow Richland County Children Services to retain custody of Haylee. The ruling also denies custody to, or contact with, Haylee's maternal grandmother Mary Watson, paternal grandmother Connie Donathan, and cousins Ken and Loretta Means.

    Following testimony last week from the parties seeking custody, social workers and psychologists, Spon said his ruling was based on the best interest of Haylee.

    Children services communication supervisor Carl Hunnell said this decision by Judge Spon is a victory for the future of Haylee. He said the nightmare for Haylee is finally over and now she will be able to stay in the same and stable home of her foster family. Hunnell said the agency will now move ahead with the process of determining a permanent and adopted home for Haylee.

    Hunnell said its time for Haylee's name and face to fade away from the media. He said its time for her to be a little girl and this decision makes it possible.


    Video - Children Services Gets Permanent Custody Of Haylee Donathan
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    SLIDESHOW:Children Services Retains Custody
    http://www.wmfd.com/slideshow/slides...wname=Children Services Retains Custody&slideshow=011110f&count=15&slide=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyz_Mum View Post
    Poor little Haylee. My heart just breaks when I think of this little girl having so much 'stuff' going on in her life when the biggest worry should be about which toy to play with.

    I pray that custody is resolved quickly and that Haylee is able to have a whole new life filled with love and comfort.

    JMO.

    So in agreement with your words/prayer, Boyz_Mum.......am just catching up on Haylee's situation and my head is spinning what with all the custody seekers.

    Thank you to those posting updates etc.

  7. #1942
    I couldn't find or get to any video of the judge's decision, but I did update with all the photos.

    I think this is the best for Haylee, but unfortunately the parents can appeal.
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    Judge's decision was the correct one
    January 17, 2010
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    Taking a child away from parents and other kin is a decision that should never be taken lightly, and there is no reason to suspect Richland County Juvenile Court Judge Ron Spon took it lightly in the case of Haylee Donathan.

    Haylee has been in the custody of Richland County Children Services for several months and, after Spon's decision Monday, will remain so.

    Spon clearly explained his reasoning to those in his courtroom. One by one he listed the family members who wanted custody of Haylee, then he explained why giving them custody would be unwise.

    After he checked off each name, Children Services became the only remaining option.

    Haylee's best chance of having a loving home rests, sadly, outside her own family. She will stay with foster parents and may eventually be adopted.

    Yet when circumstances force government officials like Judge Spon to make a decision, that decision will sometimes take children away from blood relatives for their own good, as happened in the Haylee Donathan case.

    It's a sad situation, but in this case, one that gives one little girl her best chance at happiness.


    Article:
    http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/...NION01/1170305

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    Grandmother pleads guilty to drug charges
    February 2, 2010
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    Haylee Donathan's grandmother pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of drug trafficking.

    Mary Watson, 47, could receive up to 3 - 1ľ & 2 years in prison at her March 15 sentencing. She sold morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam in three separate incidents. The METRICH Enforcement Unit handled the investigation and arrested Watson on Sept. 1.

    Prosecutors amended the original charge regarding the sale of morphine, ruling Watson did not sell the drug within the vicinity of a school. They reduced the charge from a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to a fourth-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months.

    "I'm just glad it got bumped down to a (felony) four," Watson said. "I was worried about it." Defense attorney Lore Whitney deferred comment until sentencing.

    Richland County Assistant Prosecutor Gary Bishop said his office would not make a sentencing recommendation. Watson could receive a fine of up to $10,000 and have her driver's license suspended for five years.

    METRICH, which began its investigation of Mary Watson before her daughter ran off with Potter, wanted Juvenile Court Judge Ron Spon to have the information before he decided custody.


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    A drug trafficking Granny is pretty sad, IMO. All I can say for MW is that I'm glad she had the good sense to report Haylee missing and brought attention to the case. It's obviously better that Haylee isn't with MW but I feel like MW must have loved Haylee a lot to have called LE to file a missing persons report? (jmo)

    Praying that Haylee is with people who can help her through all this and I pray she is able to stay far and away from the lifestyle that's been modeled for her by her family. (jmo)


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    I wanted to post this. This is from Haylee's uncle from Virgina:

    Children Services has put its own financial interests ahead of children's welfare
    February 19, 2010


    There have been a lot of views of what has been happening in the Haylee Donathan case. She is the 5-year-old who has been placed in foster care.

    I am Haylee's uncle from Virginia and have been in contact with Richland County Children Services before she was found. Our dealing with Children Services has been an uphill battle, and after we requested custody of her under the Kinship Care Program, they refused.

    Children Services and Judge Ron Spon could not find one derogatory thing against us. His concern was to keep family away from her. The best way to keep family from her is distance; we live 650 miles away and have not had any contact with this side of the family in more than 10 years.

    The CASA report also stated that Haylee should be with family. Her aunt is a stay-at-home grandmother. We have the ways, means and ability to raise her, along with the support of family and friends. There is not one reason why Haylee should not be under our care, and if she needs specialized programs, our health insurance and military support programs can provide them

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    Haylee's grandma gets 6 months for selling drugs
    March 15, 2010
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    Haylee Donathan’s grandmother was sentenced this afternoon to six months in prison for selling drugs.

    Mary Watson, 48, of 271 S. Main St. could have received up to three and a half years for selling morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam in three separate incidents last spring and summer. The METRICH Enforcement Unit handled the investigation and arrested Watson on Sept. 1. She pleaded guilty last month to three counts of drug trafficking.


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    Haylee's grandma sent away for 6 months
    March 16, 2010
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    Haylee Donathan's grandmother told a judge Monday she didn't know what she was doing when she sold drugs.

    DeWeese sentenced Mary Watson, 48, of 271 S. Main St., to six months in prison for one count of drug trafficking. He gave her two years probation for two other counts of drug trafficking. Watson, who could have received up to three-and-a-half years in prison, sold morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam in three incidents last spring and summer. She was arrested Sept. 1 and pleaded guilty last month.

    Wearing a pink pantsuit and carrying an oxygen tank, Watson told DeWeese she wasn't herself when she sold the prescription medication. She blamed part of her problems on stress, including not knowing the whereabouts of her daughter and Haylee. Watson also cared for her ailing mother.

    "Does your stress cause you to sell drugs?" DeWeese said.

    Watson said she sought help at the Center for Individual and Family Services. Defense attorney Lore Whitney asked DeWeese to consider probation because Watson took care of her mother and was not in good health.

    In sentencing Watson to prison, DeWeese pointed to her previous record, which included drug trafficking. "It's pretty hard to believe you didn't know what you were doing," the judge said. "It's consistent with your past behavior."

    Whitney asked DeWeese if Watson could have a day to get her affairs in order, but the judge refused the request, saying Watson had six weeks to do that between her plea and sentencing.


    Mary Watson is handcuffed by corrections officer Jessica Cole after being sentenced to six months in prison Monday.


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    Mary Watson Sentenced To Prison For Drug Trafficking
    3/16/2010 8:38:00 AM
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    Haylee Donathan's grandmother, Mary Watson, 48, was sentenced Monday in Richland County Common Pleas Court. Watson plead guilty in February to three counts of drug trafficking. Watson could have received three years in prison for selling alprazolam, morphine an hydrocodone. The METRICH Enforcement Unit conducted the investigation and arrested Watson on Sept. 1.

    Video - Mary Watson Sentenced To Prison For Drug Trafficking
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