Family advocates in California and across the nation are watching as the maternal grandmother of a 6-year-old girl has filed a petition with the courts seeking child support. A 64-year-old researcher, the child’s father, faces charges for cyanide poisoning in the death of his wife, the girl’s mother. At age 41, she formerly worked as a neurologist. The courts gave custody of the child to the grandmother in early Aug., and she is seekingchild support from the father.
Although all of his assets are frozen, the courts left open one bank account with $280,000 so that he can pay legal expenses, including restitution or other court-ordered costs. In April, his wife became ill and died within 72 hours; a blood test showed that she had been poisoned with cyanide. Her husband was taken into custody when law enforcement personnel discovered that he had bought more than a half-pound of the chemical with a university credit card within 48 hours of the incident. He did not need it for research, say investigators.
Court documents further indicated that the woman may have wanted to become impregnated by the researcher. He suggested that she take creatine, a supplement usually used by bodybuilders. Court information further revealed he may have suspected her of an affair. The courts obtained several search warrants in order to investigate the man. Police further claim that he delayed getting his wife health care and demanded that she be cremated immediately after death.
In this case, the maternal grandmother may have difficulty obtaining child support as the girl’s father is in police custody and his assets are frozen. A lawyer with experience in child support and family law may be a great help to anyone who is seeking child support under such circumstances.
Source: CBS News, “Maternal grandmother seeks child support from Pa. researcher accused in wife’s cyanide killing“, Stephanie Slifer, August 13, 2013