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Cooper children back in Canada until custody ruling

Posted October 20, 2008 6:43 p.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2008 6:46 p.m. EDT

— The children of Brad and Nancy Cooper have returned with their slain mother's family to Canada until a Wake County District Court judge decides who should care for them.

Last week, Judge Debra Sasser heard arguments from attorneys representing Brad Cooper and Nancy Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz, about who should be rewarded temporary custody of the two young girls.

In July, Nancy Cooper, 34, was likely strangled to death, an autopsy found, and left in an undeveloped subdivision about three miles from her Cary home.

The Rentzes, as well as their daughter, Krista Lister, have filed for temporary custody of the girls, saying Brad Cooper is an unfit father who is mentally unstable.

Police have made no arrests and have not named any suspects in the slaying, but Nancy Cooper's family said during a hearing last week that they believe Brad Cooper was involved.

His attorneys have said that the plaintiffs have not offered any evidence that proves he is an unfit parent or that he killed his wife.

Sasser could rule as early as Tuesday on the matter, although there is no time frame in which she must decide.