Child cus­tody or­der put on hold

FATHER IS A CON­VICTED SEX OF­FENDER

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — DETROIT

A spokesman says a Michi­gan judge wasn’t aware of a sex of­fender’s crim­i­nal back­ground when he granted the man joint le­gal cus­tody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12.

Michi­gan Supreme Court spokesman John Nevin told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wednesday that Sani­lac County Judge Gre­gory Ross didn’t know 27-year-old Christo­pher Mi­ra­solo had two crim­i­nal sex­ual con­duct con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing one con­cern­ing the woman.

Nevin says the judge put the or­der on hold Tues­day after learn­ing of Mi­ra­solo’s crim­i­nal past.

The case started when the 21-year-old mother sought state as­sis­tance for her eight-year-old son.

Ross is­sued an or­der last month grant­ing the woman sole phys­i­cal cus­tody and Mi­ra­solo joint le­gal cus­tody after DNA tests showed he was the child’s bi­o­log­i­cal father. Mi­ra­solo’s lawyer says Mi­ra­solo never sought the or­der.

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