Bit­ter bat­tle pre­ceded Am­ber Alert ab­duc­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Stock­ton Record

Court doc­u­ments re­veal a bit­ter child cus­tody bat­tle be­tween 2-year-old John Weir's par­ents, Steven and Sarah Weir, be­fore his fa­ther al­legedly ab­ducted him over the week­end, spark­ing an Am­ber Alert search.

Two bod­ies were found Mon­day in­side a car con­nected to the Am­ber Alert, which was can­celed. Author­i­ties sus­pect the bod­ies are that of John and Steven, al­though the Tuolumne County Coro­ner's Of­fice on Tues­day had yet to con­firm the cause of death.

Tuolumne County author­i­ties haven't re­leased new in­for­ma­tion on the al­leged ab­duc­tion and bod­ies found in Steven Weir's ve­hi­cle.

Sarah Weir told the SunS­tar on Tues­day that she wasn’t ready to dis­cuss the tragedy pub­licly.

Steven and Sarah Weir's bat­tle for cus­tody of John started in April, ac­cord­ing to Merced County Su­pe­rior Court records.

Both par­ents fought for sole cus­tody of the child. Sarah Weir’s pe­ti­tion noted that John had missed a med­i­cal ap­point­ment. But both pe­ti­tions were de­nied.

The cou­ple was or­dered to seek a res­o­lu­tion through me­di­a­tion.

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