Saturday 17 March 2018

Corbett children due home this weekend

Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The family of the children caught up in a custody battle in North Carolina have said they are delighted that Jack and Sarah Corbett will fly home to Ireland at the weekend.

A gathering of close family members and friends in Limerick waited patiently yesterday for the news that the children were free to leave the US with their aunt, Tracey Lynch.

As their step-mother Molly Martens Corbett left the court in tears after the ruling, there was relief in Ireland at the judge's decision.

Their uncle, John Corbett, told the Irish Independent that they were all delighted with the news.

"It is wonderful, after all that we have been through, that we can put this sorry saga behind us," he said.

"All we want to do now is get them home and bury our brother next week."

Jack (10) and eight-year-old Sarah are expected to arrive home tomorrow.

The clerk of Davidson County Superior Court, Brian Shipwash, awarded guardianship of the two children to Jason Corbett's sister, Ms Lynch, and her husband, David.

Their lawyer, Kim Bonuomo, said they were relieved that they can return home with their niece and nephew.

"Our clients are happy to go home to Ireland and grieve with their family," she said.

"They're relieved to take the children with them so they can love them and help them process their grief."

The Department of Social Services in the US had originally put the children in the care of their stepmother, Ms Martens Corbett.

Police have described her as "a person of interest" after the children's father was found dead at their home earlier this month.

Ms Martens' father, Thomas, is the other suspect after Mr Corbett was bludgeoned with a baseball bat.

Mr Corbett's first wife and the mother of the children, Mags Corbett, died in 2006 after suffering an asthma attack .

Irish Independent

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