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A child support hearing was held in Atlanta Georgia in late January, in the wake of the brutal murder of the child’s mother in the spring of 2009, said a New York Family Lawyer with knowledge of the case.

The boy’s parents, who the New York Family Lawyer said were involved in a protracted custody dispute, were making a routine custody exchange in the parking lot of a Target chain store in Snellville, Georgia in April of 2009 when the murder occurred. Investigators said that the boy was present at the scene, and hid in his mother’s parked car at the time of the incident.

Present at the child support hearing, which took place on Monday, January the 31st, were the child’s father, as well as the parents of the child’s deceased mother. This hearing comes close on the heels of a custody trial for the boy, which took place in June of 2010 and awarded custody of the boy to the mother’s parents. It is not known why custody was not awarded to the father. In Manhattan and Queens, the mother is usually awarded custody.

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