A 5-year-old girl whose parents were both murdered has been the subject of an ongoing Texas child custody case, which was just granted a continuance. It extends the hearing until April 9th. The decision of who should be granted custody of the child at first appeared to be a simple one because the girl's mother was still alive and living with her paternal grandparents; the woman who was killed in the shooting was her stepmother. The girl was taken to their home after the incident occurred.
However, problems cropped up when an investigation showed that there was a loaded revolver on the property, along with a syringe that appeared to have been used for methamphetamine because of the residue also found at the scene. The investigators stated that the child could have gotten her hands on any of these items. Furthermore, they stated that raw sewage was found on the property, raising concerns about the cleanliness of the situation and the sanitation for the young girl. As a result, she was taken from the home and placed in a foster home, where it was determined that she would be safer since it would give her an environment much more catered to the needs of a child.