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Kids to stay with Beresford-Redman's parents

July 12, 2010 5:36:25 PM PDT
The guardianship battle over the children of murder suspect Bruce Beresford-Redman continued in court Monday. The maternal aunts of 5-year-old Camilla and 3-year-old Alec asked the judge to grant them overnight visitation rights, but that request was denied. The children will remain with their paternal grandparents for the time being.

Beresford-Redmond was in court Monday but he had no comment on the custody case or the murder charge and arrest warrant in Mexico.

Beresford-Redman is accused of killing his wife Monica in Cancun, Mexico where the couple was vacationing with their kids. Monica's body was found in the sewer in the Moon Palace Resort on April 8. She had been hit in the head and her body showed signs of asphyxiation.

As Beresford-Redman fights extradition to Mexico, his family is fighting with Monica's family over the couple's kids, who are currently living with their paternal grandparents.

Monica's sisters have been very vocal about their suspicions of Beresford-Redman and his alleged involvement in their sister's murder and do not want their niece and nephew to be near him.

The sisters said Monday that they're concerned about the living situation that the children are currently in, as they're living in their father's house with their grandparents.

"It's very frustrating. I think it's traumatizing everybody, because the kids are living with a person who has been charged with first-degree murder of their mother, so it's traumatic," said Monica's sister Jeane Burgos.

Monica's other sister, Carla Burgos, said in court that the two children are unhappy living with their grandparents. Still, the judged ruled that the guardianship will remain as is until full legal custody is determined at trial in November.

The judge in the case has previously refused to give Beresford-Redman custody of his two kids because of the pending murder charge.

He has granted the maternal aunts visitation rights while the kids stay with Beresford-Redman's parents, but the judge also said the constant custody tug-of-war is not beneficial to the children as they try to cope with the loss of their mother.

"Everything that's happening right now is just the consequences of his actions," said Jeane Burgos. "And everybody is paying a really high price for that."

Another matter discussed during Monday's hearing pertained to the possible sale of a cabin in Big Bear that belonged to the Beresford-Redmans. That issue has been continued and will be taken up on another day.


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