Custody Battle for Jeremy Irwin’s Son Moves Forward

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since October 4, Jeremy Irwin’s life has been in the spotlight as investigators search for his missing baby girl, Lisa. Among those caught in the glare of media coverage is his eight-year-old son, Lisa’s half-brother.

The boy’s biological mother, Rasleen Raim, has gone to court, saying she’s concerned for her son’s safety, comfort and peace of mind. She’s asked the court to give her custody of the child. Irwin’s attorney says, that would be a difficult case to make.

“They have to prove that there are changed circumstances of a continuing and substantial nature,” John Picerno says.

Picerno says the boy and his other half brother have been kept out of the spotlight, and he says Deborah and Jeremy are good parents, the only strike against them he says was October 4.

“The one night where someone came into the home, and the baby was kidnapped, Jeremy and Debbie, according to the KCPD and the FBI are not suspects,” Picerno explains.

Picerno adds history is in Jeremy Irwin’s favor.

“We’re in a situation where Jeremy’s raised this boy the whole time,” Picerno said. “She’s been gone since the boy was two. He’s now eight. She has not seen him other, with one exception, the chance meeting that they ran into each other when Jeremy was out and about with the boy.”

Picerno says he questions why Raim is making the move now for custody after all these years. Still, a judge has the final say on December 7 in a Clay County courtroom.

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