Why Was A Murder Suspect Allowed Visitation With His Children?
The case of murder suspect Joaquin Rams is making headlines again after his request for bond was recently denied. Prince William County prosecutors indicted Rams in January 2013 in the drowning death of his 15-month-old son while the child was in his custody in Manassas City, Virginia.
Although technically Rams did not have custody rights at the time of the alleged murder, he was granted visitation to both the victim and other child. Prince William prosecutors allege Rams killed the young boy in 2012 to collect on a $540,000 life insurance policy.
However, the arc of this story began years earlier, when Rams was a suspect in the shooting death of the mother of his other son in 2003. Not only that, but Rams was also as suspect in the death of his own mother in 2008 and once accused of child abuse against his other son.
Rams was even a suspect in the brutal rape of the boy’s aunt. However, charges against Rams were eventually dropped and police even charged the presumed rape victim with filing a false complaint and mother of Ram’s youngest son with obstruction of justice for corroborating her story.
Judge granted unsupervised visits
After the rape charges against Rams were dropped in 2011, a judge granted Rams unsupervised visitation of his infant son. All of these events compel parties involved to ask how a man twice accused of murder, a count of rape, and charges of child abuse would be allowed any unsupervised visitation with his children?
During a custody hearing over the infant child, proceedings found Rams lied about his employment history, age, and even his real name. Journalists investigating the story draw the conclusion the obstruction charges against the boy’s mother ultimately aided in Rams being awarded visitation of the child by tarnishing the mother’s image.
The importance of family attorneys in child custody hearings
It is unclear whether Ram’s ex-girlfriend retained a family attorney during the custody hearings over the young victim in this case. However, it none the less exemplifies the tragic consequences that may happen when otherwise fit parents do not have proper legal advocacy at custody hearings.
Often times, one parent may allege the other to be unfit or dishonest in their petitions to revoke custody or visitation from a violent or abusive party. While the stakes may not always be as high as this tragic case, parents should always strongly consider the aid of a qualified and experienced family attorney to protect their children.
Leesburg Child Custody Attorneys
As a law firm with years of experience helping parents on both sides of child custody battles, the Leesburg child custody attorneys of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, PC know the challenges parents may face. Our attorneys have the legal training and resources necessary to properly advocate for the legal rights of parents.
If you face a child custody hearing with the parent or family of your child, contact our law firm for a consultation about your case. Our attorneys serve clients throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties.