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Burned woman regains custody of daughter

Posted November 5, 2009

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— A woman who was severely burned two months ago regained custody of her 8-month-old daughter Thursday from the family of her alleged assailant.

Shyona Perry was set on fire on Sept. 11. Roderick Sanders, 24, is charged with attempted murder and is being held at the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond.

Perry and Sanders have an 8-month-old daughter, and while Perry was hospitalized and recovering from her injuries, the Department of Social Services placed the infant in the custody of Sanders' parents.

The move upset Perry, and she pushed to regain custody upon her release from the hospital. During a closed session in Wake County District Court on Thursday, she was again granted custody of the child, according to her sister.

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  • mtngirldcm Nov 5, 2009

    WOW-this guy sets her on fire-and the courts do not have the COMMON SENSE to issue a restraining order against the father? Bad enough that they handed the child to the monsters parents, but to allow unlimited access to the baby----heinous and insulting and this woman deserves better.Ugh.

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 5, 2009

    i am so glad to hear that the mother was able to re-gain custody of the baby...I hope they have a long and happy life together and never have to worry about being separated by that monster again.

  • countess Nov 5, 2009

    So happy to hear this. I was hoping for this outcome. I saw the interview last night and knew she would get the baby back. I shudder to think that the man who did this to her had access to the baby all that time. He could have done the same to the baby. Thank GOD everything worked out..

  • freedomrings Nov 5, 2009

    Something WRAL is not reporting, but it was reported on the local news last night when this young woman was interviewed : The accused had access to the child as the she was in the care of his parents.

    Congratulations to you momma and you keep standing tall! Bless you many times over.

  • fairyswearboots2 Nov 5, 2009

    AS it should be Congrats on your daughter I'm happy for you !