Friday, June 22, 2012

Kids in high-profile custody case no longer with dad; dad "suspected" of murdering their mother (Salt Lake City, Utah)

If we have learned anything from killer dads like JOSH POWELL, it is this: children are NOT safe with a parent who is "suspected" of deliberately murdering and/or "diappearing" the other parent.

Hopefully the children of dad JOHN BRICKMAN WALL will be kept safe. Unfortunately, we see many cases where the kids are turned over to the father under very similar circumstances.

Children in high-profile custody case no longer with father
Decision reached on protection and safety for three children.

By cimaron neugebauer
The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jun 20 2012 08:14 pm • Last Updated Jun 21 2012 08:14 am

An agreement was reached Wednesday morning on custody for the children of Uta von Schwedler, who died under suspicious circumstances last September, and John Brickman Wall.

The high-profile child custody battle that began in 2006 when the Sugar House couple divorced took a unique turn after their eldest son petitioned in April for removal of his younger siblings from the father’s custody. Pelle von Schwedler Wall, 18, who moved out of his father’s house in January, told The Salt Lake Tribune previously that he believes his father killed his mother.

Living situations and other matters regarding the Wall children — ages 16, 13 and 11 — "have been resolved under terms negotiated by the parties and approved by 3rd District Juvenile Court," the court stated in Wednesday’s news release.

A trial on von Schwedler Wall’s petition had been scheduled for Wednesday to Friday. The petition asked the court to take his siblings out of his father’s custody at least until the investigation into how his mother died was concluded.

Salt Lake City police have called her death "suspicious," although the medical examiner has not determined if it was a homicide or suicide.

Wall, a 48-year-old pediatrician, is accused in the petition of failing to properly care for the children, as well as inflicting "non-accidental harm, threatened harm and emotional damage."

A follow up hearing on the custody issue is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Information about who has the children or their location were not disclosed by the court. Although, neighbors living in the area of Wall said they have not seen the children at Wall’s home since the time the hearings began.

"I haven’t seen the children since the second of May," said Bob Hopkins, a neighbor. "There is no activity over there except him. It seems he is there by himself."

The court statement went on to say,"all parties and the court agree the Wall children are safe and protected under the terms of the agreement."