I hate blogging about child custody issues. Most of them are muddled messes of "he said/she said", with no clear-cut hero or villain. (Gee, sounds a lot like…life.) And in cases where there’s clear-cut good and evil, it’s often the father who ends up being the dickweed. As a dad, there’s only so many such cases I can cover before I become disillusioned with my gender.
By all appearances, however, the Rachel Marran case is different. Marran was four when courts awarded joint custody of her to her father, Michael, and her mother, Claudia Librett. Librett had accused her former partner (the two never married) of molesting their daughter, a claim which the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania DA – along with local detective, state child welfare advocates, and local, state and federal courts – say was fabricated by The Ex-Girlfriend from Hell. (And the woman still got joint custody? Um…) Frustrated by her inability to pop a judicial cap in dad’s ass, millionaire mom Librett went into hiding with the girl in Canada, preventing Marran from seeing his daughter even once over the past three years.
Recently, however, the noose tightened on Librett’s vindictive bitch self. With authorities closing in on her, mom turned herself in. Now, Michael Marran has what it sounds like he deserved all along: custody of Rachel. The Montgomery County courts expedited the custody ruling for Marran, shortening a seven-day waiting period by four days and delivering a ruling in what Marran’s attorney calls "unprecedented" time. Rachel will return to school next week, after she’s had some time to adjust to life with the father she hasn’t seen in 36 months – and after authorities have time to prepare security, to prevent Rachel from being abducted by Librett’s "supporters". (Egads.)
I was going to run a photo of Claudia Librett with this story, but it seems much more fitting to run this touching pic of Michael Marran and Rachel, which is obviously old. I have no doubt Marran is busy capturing more happy memories now that he and Rachel are reunited.
As for mom? She’s awaiting extradition in Canada. Hopefully she didn’t squander all of her funds on the luxury condo she rented in Niagara Falls, and has some couch change left over for a wicked good defense lawyer. If you couldn’t prove abuse allegations a few months after they allegedly happened, there’s no hope in hell of anyone buying your bullshit three years later.