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Parents of two-year-old girl want her back after assault charge dismissed

Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2023. 10:19 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A reunited couple are hoping for a happy ending after resolving a court case today.

Adelia Petillo dropped charges of common assault against common-law husband Fedrick Mai in Magistrate’s Court. The two share girls aged eight and two, but while the eight-year-old has been returned to Adelia’s care by the Human Services Department, the younger girl is currently living on Ambergris Caye, still in the care of the State with Mai being denied visitation, he says.

Petillo said she and Mai separated for over a year due to domestic issues and she was unable to care for her children, so handed them over to the Human Services Department. She is now working and has a small space and just got back the eight-year-old, but she says the Department wants to see her in an upgraded living space with a television set, stove and refrigerator in order to release the younger girl and as she put it, she’s not a millionaire.

The couple says they have worked out their differences and want to get back their family together under one roof but Petillo says that because of Mai’s court case he was not even allowed visitation with their daughter and he says authorities have failed to explain exactly why. He promised Petillo and our court reporter on camera to help her support the kids and get a better living space for them both, even offering to marry her.

The family is also seeking legal advice so they can get back custody of their other daughter. Anyone willing to assist the parents can reach the mother, Adelia Petillo, at 622-4927.

 

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