Wellington Man Fights To Get His Children Back

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July 14, 2010

Last August, a 4-year-old boy’s mysterious death led to his father losing custody of his other children. One year later, he’s still fighting for their return, but custody confusion isn’t making that fight any easier.

Matt Reames hasn’t been charged with the death of his son Caden, which leaves him wondering why his family is still split apart. Reames says he’s had three or four of these hearings since the death of Caden last August. It was Reames who called 911 last August to report Caden was unconscious and not breathing.

"Just because of the fact I don't know what happened worries me because it's going to affect us for the rest of our lives," Reames said.

Police, along with the KBI and others, have investigated Caden’s death, but there are no charges to this point close to a year later, which has Reames struggling with the continuing separation from his other two children.

"It makes it hard because I feel like I can't move on with my life until this is done,” Reames said. “It's just hanging over my head."

KAKE News was not allowed inside the disposition hearing in juvenile court, so we can’t report firsthand their reasons for keeping his children in foster care for now, but Reames talks about what the court wants from him.

"Counseling, different kind of therapy and make sure my visits go well and just provide a stable, safe home for them," he explained/ "I've done that, but they still don't want to put my kids back in there."

He’s allowed to visit the children seven hours a week.

"What else am I supposed to do?" Reames said.

For now, Reames says he will do what the court asks him to do in hopes of getting his three year old and seven year old returned to his custody. His next hearing is in December.


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