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Kontz's Family Seeks to Reinstate Visitation Rights

Posted July 23, 2007

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— The parents of an AIDS researcher who was fatally poisoned by his wife plan to go to court Tuesday to keep their granddaughter from seeing her mother.

Eric Miller was killed in December 2000 after ingesting arsenic. Ann Miller Kontz pleaded guilty in 2005 to killing him and is now serving a 25-year prison sentence.

District Judge Phyllis Gorham in February ordered Kontz' sister and brother-in-law, Dan and Danielle Wilson, who are the legal guardians of 7-year-old Clare Miller, not to take the child to see Kontz in prison.

Verus and Doris Miller, Eric Miller's parents, share custody of Clare with the Wilsons and sought the court order to block Kontz's visitation rights. The couple, who frequently travel from their Indiana home to Wilmington to see their granddaughter, said they don't think it's in Clare's best interest to see Kontz in prison.

Kontz, who hasn't seen her daughter since last year, is still allowed to speak with Clare on the phone.

Gorham left open the possibility that her decision could be revisited, and the Wilsons are again seeking more discretion in taking Clare to see her mother.

The Wilsons are also petitioning the court to have Clare's last name changed to Wilson, saying they want her to share their name so she fits in completely with their family.

The Millers said they want the child to keep her name as legacy to her father.

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  • Ladybug1 Jul 25, 2007

    Why isn't this woman on death row? She watched him die a slow and painful death. If she had regrets she certainly would have stopped giving him the poison. What is wrong with our legal system. I say feed her arsenic and let her die a slow painful death on death row.

  • duke1man2002 Jul 24, 2007

    VERY SIMPLE, THE PARENTS OF ERIC MILLER SHOULD BE ABLE TO "KEEP" THAT LITTLE ONE AWAY FROM THIS LYING, NO-GOOD, CHEATING THING. I HOPE THAT THE JUDGE WILL NOT ALLOW VISITATION RIGHTS TO THIS BAD PERSON. SHE HAD A LOVING HUSBAND TO BEGIN WITH BUT SHE COULDN'T KEEP HER HANDS OFF OF ANOTHER MAN!!!!!

  • houndie Jul 24, 2007

    Look at the type of enviroment the child is being exposed to; going for visits to see her mother...Ann should have considered this before going about her EVIL ways...........

  • shep8851 Jul 24, 2007

    Protected?? denying this child some contact with her mother is protecting her? Grandparents and in-laws raising a child is one thing. Depriving a child of contact with her mother is not protecting her---the child is being punished for the sins of the mother.

  • richard2 Jul 24, 2007

    Always keep the best interest of the child in front before all else.

  • minginindustria Jul 24, 2007

    The child is not being punished. Shes being protected!!!!!!!!!

  • shep8851 Jul 24, 2007

    The conversations thus far center on punishing Ann Miller Kontz further by denying her access to her daughter. A desire for revenge and punishment is understandable. However, how fair is it to have the child be punished by not being allowed contact with her mother? What is/are the emotional consequences to the child of being denied access to her mother? Who will bear the onus for that? For one crime, we have 2 people being punished-Ann Miller Kontz properly so, but what justification can exist for punishing the child as well?

  • Steve Crisp Jul 24, 2007

    I'm not even sure why Ann Kontz is still alive. She pleaded guilty to murder. She should have gotten the death penalty. Swift. Sure. Effective. And no more bodies left in her wake except for her own.

  • Pippy999 Jul 23, 2007

    I think it's very selfish of the Wilson's to take away part of what little the grandparents have left of their son.

  • houndie Jul 23, 2007

    Ann Miller should have considered her parental rights BEFORE she had her affairs and BEFORE feeding her husband arsenic poison. Too late now...the childs LOVING father is dead and Ann Miller should lose all parental rights.

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