Child taken from Trinity amid custody battle

Published 12:08 am Friday, August 29, 2008

NATCHEZ — Natchez Police were called to Trinity Episcopal Day School Wednesday morning when a custody dispute led to a child being taken from the school.

At 8 a.m., the mother of an 8-year-old child in second grade came by the school to pick her up, Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

The child’s aunt notified the police about what the mother was doing and indicated there was a custody dispute between the mother and the child’s grandparents.

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Mullins said the police were also notified that the mother was headed for Ocean Springs.

“We got the tag number of the vehicle and contacted the Ocean Springs police,” Mullins said.

The police department also contacted the Adams County Chancery Court to see how to proceed and the chancery court advised the department it was a civil matter.

The complainants — the grandparents — were advised to pursue the issue through chancery court, Mullins said.

“There was not a criminal charge,” he said. “This child is safe, and it’s a custody dispute between the mother and the grandparents.”