Jenise Wright’s parents are seeking custody of their three children, after the kids were taken away from their parents when Jenise went missing earlier this month. According to The Canada Journal, Jim and Denise Wright were in court on Monday, asking a judge to grant them custody of their 12-year-old daughter and their two sons, ages 8 and 16. A custody hearing has been set for mid-October, to which the Wright’s agreed.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Jenise Wright’s body was found in a wooded area near her home in East Bremerton, Washington. Police have arrested a neighbor, 17-year-old Gabriel Z. Gaeta, who is being held on “suspicion of sexual assault and murder.” Although he has not formally been charged, Jenise’s parents are seeking to have their other three children back in their home. The three have been staying at their maternal grandparents’ home in Bremerton, not too far away.
Jenise Wright’s parents lost custody of their other three children, likely for protective reasons. However, police have declined to comment on why the three children were taken away from their parents back on August 4. The Wrights have been granted visitation rights, but say that they want to be together as a family, for several reasons. Of course, the Wrights would like to grieve the loss of Jenise together, as a family.
According to The New York Daily News, Jim Wright said that his family could not elaborate on the situation. While he says that he’s thankful that he’s able to see his three children, and he knows that they are safe, it isn’t ideal — it’s not the way that he feels it should be.
“Thank God they’re with family. If they were in a strange home, I would be even more concerned than I am now. We’ve been controlled by what we can say or what we can’t say. There’s still an ongoing investigation so I can’t speak about it.”
Of course, there is the thought that police have not ruled out Jenise’s parents in the case… and until someone is formally charged with the murder of the 6-year-old girl, police are likely just following protocol. That doesn’t make things any easier for the Wright family, who just lost a child.
“Our culture is extremely important to us. As anybody would have religious preference. That’s the basis of our country. Culture is culture.”
Do you think Jenise Wright’s parents should be awarded custody of their other three children, or do you think that there is more going on here that the public doesn’t know about?
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