'Our lives do not matter in the eyes of the law' - Jason Corbett's estranged wife Molly 'heartbroken' following failed custody appeal
The wife of Jason Corbett, who was killed in the US earlier this year, has launched a scathing attack on the US legal system following her failed appeal in the custody battle over his children.
Yesterday, Molly Martens Corbett lost her appeal to gain custody of Jack (10) and Sarah (8) at a North Carolina Superior Court.
"Our lives do not matter in the eyes of the law," she wrote in a moving Facebook post.
"A will made when you were "infants," and before I came into your lives is what matters."
Molly and her father Thomas Martens (65), a former FBI agent, are two ‘persons of interest' in the killing of Mr Corbett.
Limerick man Mr Corbett (39) died on August 2 in his home in North Carolina during a 'domestic disturbance'.
In August, a US judge ruled that Jack and Sarah should return to Ireland in the care of Jason's family.
The children were removed from Molly’s care but her family have previously insisted that she had not lost faith that the children would be returned to her.
After her appeal was denied, Molly turned to social media to voice how "heartbroken" she is at the decision.
"I am heartbroken, and devastatingly sorry. Our lives together may not have mattered in the eyes of the Law, but they are what matters most to me," she wrote.
Jason's sister Tracey and her husband David reportedly travelled to the US for the hearing.
Full statement from Molly:
""It's not about the best interest of the child. It's about the law."
Our lives do not matter in the eyes of the law. A Will made when you were "infants," and before I came into your lives is what matters. It does not matter that clear decisions were made after this short document- moving across the ocean to another country, a marriage... It does not matter that I took you to every doctor or dentist appointment. It does not matter that I signed every parent form you ever had at school from age four up.
It does not matter what you wanted. Nor does it matter what your teachers, coaches and friends witnessed in regard to our relationship.
It does not matter that I kissed you goodnight and tucked you in every night. It does not matter that I held you as you got your vaccinations or helped you with your homework or read you stories.
It does not matter that you have given me Mother's Day cards every year.
"She is not even a real parent. She is not even blood related."
What matters, in the eyes of the law, is that I do not share your blood and I am not listed as your guardian on a document created before I met you.
I am heartbroken, and devastatingly sorry.
Our lives together may not have mattered in the eyes of the Law, but they are what matters most to me.
Jack and Sarah- I love you and will always be your mommy."