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August 2, 2005

Deaf couple face difficult custody case

From: Science Daily (press release) - USA - Aug 2, 2005

HASTINGS, Neb., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A deaf couple involved in a complicated custody case is accused of violating a court order by taking their son from Nebraska to Wyoming.

Eric and Vicki Neuman appeared in court Monday on the misdemeanor criminal charge, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star reported.

The couple is accused of taking their 6-year-old son Matthew to their home in Wyoming after a scheduled visitation at the home of Matthew's aunt and uncle, who were granted temporary legal guardianship in 2003.

Ron and Dena Hohlen allege the Neumans are unfit parents. The Neumans say their child was taken away because they are deaf and Matthew can hear.

The case has been complicated by technical issues, including which state has jurisdiction.

A Wyoming district court last month gave another couple, Steve and Leslie Shelton, permanent guardianship over Matthew. The child is now living with the Neumans.

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