Jenelle and David Eason were reunited with their children in court today during a hearing. The parents had not seen their children since CPS removed them last week. The couple attended the hearing together and continue to remain united despite the court’s concern that David is a threat to the children.
On May 10, 2019, CPS approved the removal of Jenelle’s four-year-0ld son Kaiser. The following Monday a judge signed off on an emergency request by CPS to remove the couple’s two daughter’s Ensley and Maryssa. The couple lost custody of their children after David brutally killed their French Bulldog Nugget in April.
Since the removal of the children, Jenelle and David have been to court on multiple occasions. Last week a judge gave temporary custody of Kaiser to his father, Nathan Griffith. Additionally, The Ashley reported that the couple’s two-year-old daughter Ensley was placed with Jenelle’s mother, Barbara Evans. Ensley will be reunited with her older brother Jace who is also in Barbara’s care.
Despite the numerous court hearings, Jenelle has been completely tight-lipped about the status of her children. However, Nathan Griffith shared photos on Twitter, showing Kaiser with him and his girlfriend, Ashley. In the pictures, Kaiser appears happy and healthy.
Regarding David’s daughter Maryssa, The Ashley reported that the court placed her with her maternal grandmother. Rumors swirled last week that David’s mother had custody of Maryssa. However, The Ashley maintained the stories circulating were incorrect. Instead, the court favored placing Maryssa away from anyone associated with David.
Since the children’s removal, there have been multiple court hearings. The court is handling each child’s case independently. Therefore, the final placement of the children could take time.
According to TMZ, Jenelle and Nathan Griffith are fighting over the custody of Kaiser. Nathan Griffith is requesting the court grant him full custody because he believes that David has mistreated Kaiser.
For her part, Jenelle requested the judge place Kaiser with a friend rather than with Nathan. TMZ states a source told them the judge denied Jenelle’s request and Kaiser would remain with his father.
Multiple outlets have all reported the same story that the court has given Jenelle a choice. She either stays with David and loses custody or leaves her husband and her children will be returned.
Given Jenelle’s long history or picking men over her children, there is a slim chance she will leave her husband. She posted a meme on Facebook alluding to her commitment to her marriage.
For now, the children remain out of reach for Jenelle and David. David’s long history of violence and threats on social media make him a danger to his children. Unless Jenelle wises up, there is a real possibility she may never regain custody of her children.
Sadly, the losers in the situation are the children. Even though the court has removed them, they are forced to deal with the fallout. Having their lives uprooted is not easy. Additionally, Ensley, Kaiser, and Maryssa are all living in separate homes.
Jenelle continues to prove her inability to make good choices. Her children deserve so much better than what she has given them. Maybe the children can finally develop a sense of security in homes away from David.
The story continues to develop.
For a deeper dive into the case, watch my latest video on Jenelle.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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