'Toddlers & Tiaras' star in middle of bitter custody battle
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 5:51
- Date Aug 17, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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-- sort of -- -- session on the docket today at the child custody battle raging right now.
Today a judge is expected to decide which parent will be granted custody of this young beauty queen.
Madison mad -- -- sparked a controversy when she appeared on TLC's reality show toddlers and TR as recently.
In -- Dolly Parton costume complete with the added curse.
Critics slammed her mother for sexual rising young girl and now -- he's father.
Has petitioned the court for full custody.
-- -- mother claims that her ex husband is unfairly using that he's participation in the pageant to his advantage.
And at the center of it all as the question of what is best for this child.
Joining me now former prosecutor now defense attorney John a -- more former prosecutor now defense -- Joey Jackson.
So little Matty has been participating in pageants since she was thirteen months old and now be estranged.
Has come forward after seeing her in toddlers in -- as with the Dolly Parton gear on to say.
My ex wife is sexually exploiting her and I should be given full custody.
-- is -- right.
You know let the estranged father stepped up to the plate he's absolutely.
Right -- and it's beyond creepy to put your little kid.
It in -- and but it just really -- I'm glad that bother stepping up because you said it back at the heart of the matter is what in the best interest of this child.
No pretty big -- that yet let family court judge get involved and figure that out for a.
Now the mother is claiming Joey that the father is a convicted felon we have not been able to verify that that's what she claims.
She claims he's on probation for -- and child endangerment.
And she says look all I've done is admiral -- -- beauty pageant.
-- -- Well listen before we get to trashing a father which I'm glad to and I will shortly OK I just want to point out a couple of things the first thing.
-- that tape again no independent verification of those charges now not not yet apparently she has no but first we have to look at it while it may not be my first choice if I was blessed and fortunate to have adored it to subjected to this.
This is a totally acceptable form of entertainment and of showcasing your child.
Nothing improper inappropriate or illegal about it that's number one step number two ways -- whereas the father -- After all the she's been doing this that is the mother and the child since her birth is the father now just using this conveniently regain custody did he interfere at the outset and say I don't want my door to involve.
Or is he catching -- on public opinion and seizing upon public opinion who says this is wrong this is centralizing the child but he's using that his benefit to gain custody I say nonsense furthermore -- you have to look at custody.
As the totality of the circumstances maybe is this one thing we don't like that what the mother is doing but on -- she may be a terrific I want.
She is at issue is he upset about beauty pageants or as he upset about the Dolly Parton -- John.
She did with other big any.
-- so I you know not he's coming -- -- -- Among I've talked to these children to say this really -- you wanna do what -- little if any know.
Does that the and the mother speaks for all of these kids and they show when nobody really know what on that.
Let's watch let's watch a little of the interaction between this mother and her daughter as the Dolly Parton costume goes on.
Yeah myth that the the wind she wears a -- -- nothing but it's just like at Cincinnati you know -- about it then it's really funny when she handed out on stage and everybody thinks it's just -- Because they all the sudden realize that not only is she Dolly she had the enhancement just like Dolly yeah.
Turnaround -- again.
Play very damp leaves tennis court really well -- -- all the way around from most everybody knew you know we think.
And still -- this.
Hillary and -- he is -- -- yeah.
-- This is a fun loving beautiful girl he's not pulling away she's not saying Bobby what to do this she's having a great time and after what -- what do you not want children -- how does -- time fives -- young.
So how -- he is -- she was -- the video but John you tell me is it is that.
Grounds for losing your child well it that -- grounds for examining what kind of emotional impact you are having on a child.
This shot just -- but help -- haven't got a part -- it you don't even know what actually putting not.
Isn't all about mothers doing the mother is putting this on the child physically and emotionally and somebody should investigate and at the very pretty by the -- filing this petition.
A judge is going to get in -- -- -- good friends around you know Halloween costumes that may be.
You know age inappropriate for young girls but that parents put their kids in every October jelly.
Two things that -- say is the girl happy issue well adjusted she seemingly a wonderful child she's not being forced or coerced into this the mother is also said she looks so forward to these pageants he gets -- upset when their over.
Why not let the child have fun we may all have strong opinions about what's -- -- child's best interest but if the child is happy he's well they're cute he's developed he's doing a great job to -- finalized letter go with.
Develop -- meaning and still a you know.
I just thought I get the last word on his Jonathan.
It's creepy it's sick and it's probably unhealthy for the child this is not about mom.
This is about these little girls I -- to probably put an end to it all together but thankfully it judge to get involved in this case but -- -- for the loss of your child -- and John I know I guess he got a bachelor's.
It's getting a -- and laid out.
I can't -- it -- -- event but.