US couple recover custody of twins held in France

4th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

MONTPELLIER, France, Jan 4 (AFP) - A US couple who had their twins placed in the care of a Paris hospital against their will, have recovered custody of the children after a ruling by a French appeals court, they and their lawyer said Wednesday.

MONTPELLIER, France, Jan 4 (AFP) -  A US couple who had their twins placed  in the care of a Paris hospital against their will, have recovered custody of  the children after a ruling by a French appeals court, they and their lawyer said Wednesday.

"We're overjoyed and we're leaving right away for Paris to get our children," the mother, Viginia Reed, told AFP.

She and her husband Richard Reed -- both of whom live near Montpellier in southern France -- lost custody of their 12-year-old twins Zoe and Ross in a November 24 court decision.

The French judge, after hearing allegations that parents might have mistreated the children by giving the daughter unprescribed medicine, ordered the children into the care of La Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.

The children both suffer from a juvenile bi-polar state marked by extreme temper tantrums and suicidal tendencies.

But the appeals court Wednesday ruled that the custody order should have been limited to two weeks, and because no renewal was made, the children should automatically return to the care of their parents.

The matter of the alleged mistreatment of the children is to be examined in detail in a separate court proceeding on January 13.

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Subject: French news

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