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Slain woman's husband, sister to share custody of child

Posted February 6, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— The husband and sister of a slain Wake County woman will share custody of her young daughter under an agreement reached Friday.

Michelle Young was found beaten to death inside her Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006. Her daughter, Cassidy, then 2, was found in the same room unharmed, authorities have said.

Home Video Still of Michelle Young With Daughter Cassidy Custody of Young child to be shared

Michelle Young's mother, Linda Fisher, of Sayville, N.Y., filed for custody in December, saying her son-in-law has not provided a stable living environment for his now-4-year-old daughter since his wife's death and that he relies primarily on family members to care for her.

Under the child custody consent order filed late Friday afternoon, Linda Fisher's daughter, Meredith Fisher, who lives in Wake County, will have primary custody of the child after an initial five-month transition period, which ends at noon on Aug. 1.

During the transition period, Cassidy will remain in her father's custody with the exception of six visitations with her aunt totaling 37 days.

Jason Young will then have visitation every other weekend, certain times during the holidays, birthdays and summers.

After his wife's death, Jason Young and Cassidy moved to western North Carolina, where his family lives. He told Wake County sheriff's investigators that he was out of town on business when his wife was killed.

Authorities have not made an arrest in the case, but Detective Richard Spivey, the lead investigator on the case, recently stated in an affidavit that he believes Jason Young killed his wife.

In December, a judge ruled in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Linda Fisher that Jason Young was responsible for his wife's death. Young missed a deadline to respond to that lawsuit.

Legal experts say the ruling has nothing to do with guilt or innocence, but it means Young won't be able to collect benefits from his wife's life insurance policy.

Neither party could be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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  • mommy2caroline Feb 6, 2009

    Assuming this is just a transition time for the child so when Daddy egts arrested she will be with someone familiar who didn't kill her mother...

  • valleyGirl Feb 6, 2009

    I suspect this man has a difficult time dealing with his guilt. Human's do, even if they are considered a self-absorbed personality, as he has displayed the traits..But what allows people who do such horrible things to be able to live among us, communicate with us, live a life of freedom, but the innocent would never do such an unthinkable act yet he retains the same rights and freedoms. Let justice prevail.

  • smeade1 Feb 6, 2009

    Exactly, Anastasia! He did it, he knows the law knows he did it, and if he has to answer questions, the truth will come out. My heart goes out to Cassidy. My faith tells me he will get his eventually. Give 'em enough rope and they'll hang themselves!

  • anastasia Feb 6, 2009

    The way I read this article, the judge didn't make *any* ruling. This was an agreed upon custody arrangement *filed* with the judge. That would mean the two sides came to agreement on this matter and the judge signed the order enacting it. Much like with the civil suit, Jason Young doesn't want to have to answer any questions under oath. The judge in the civil matter found against jason young *because* he didn't show up for the hearing. It was by default. Jason Young can not collect his wifes life insurance because he was found liable in the civil judgement. No one can benefit financially by taking the life of another. that is illegal. Jason Young refused to defend himself in both the civil hearing and the custody hearing. It obvious, Jason Young does not want to answer ANY questions under oath about anything to do with his wife, daughter, etc.

  • geraniumposey Feb 6, 2009

    By his own admission, he is obsessed with sex AND he is the prime suspect in the murder of the child's mother. Not a good custody choice, Judge.

  • geraniumposey Feb 6, 2009

    Appalling life for this child.

  • geraniumposey Feb 6, 2009

    Gatekeeper--you are exceeding your authority.

  • geraniumposey Feb 6, 2009

    Poor child has to live with the prime suspect in her mother's murder. What was the judge thinking?

  • didyouhearme Feb 6, 2009

    He's going to run. He did before. He will take that child and go. I certainly hope the child doesn't have so much as a hair moved on her head by this man. I may not know who is guilty and you may not know either, but more importantly the judge doesn't know either. Odds are, he did it. The judge should have made a conditional release to him on the grounds that he help the police with every piece of information he knows so his innocence is protected as well as the Childs. this is ridiculous. I wouldn't trust him to walk my child across the street and now he will have custody. Can you imagine that poor grandmother? Oh my gosh! HE left without his child and this is an innocent man? OMG...doesn't it make you wonder? what sort of person sends a child off with that? sorry, but if the police ask you a question, you need to answer.

  • java323 Feb 6, 2009

    I guess Jason would rather give up his daughter than fight this battle in court - still doesn't want to have to talk, I guess. Are these the actions of an innocent man? Absolutely not!

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