ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Kenneth White’s father says he still hopes to get custody of his two daughters, but today two more family members attempted to do just that.
Kenneth’s father, Jayson White, already withdrew his petition for custody as family members attempt to gain custody of the five-year-old’s two sisters who are currently in foster care.
“Well, I’m the one that found [the bruising] the day that Kenneth’s murder, and I’m the one that put in the report on that,” White said. “You know, marks that should not have been on any child at all.”
Jayson White’s mother, Marty Rotgers, lives in California. She filed for custody but was denied. The court cited her history with Child Protective Services. Rotgers said she doesn’t recall that history and explained why she wants the girls with her in California.
“They’d have three meals a day,” she said. “A clean place; baths; something that they never got.”
Kenneth also had two other siblings; a brother and a sister. They lived in Massachusetts with Jayson White, but they were recently removed from his home and placed into foster care.
“Now those are all gone,” Rotgers said. “Kenneth is gone. I can’t bring Kenneth back. I can’t bring any of my grandchildren back.”
But at Tuesday’s hearing, it was revealed both Jayson White and Kenneth’s mother had missed recent visitation with the two girls.
“It’s been difficult getting from there to here on visitation days, but I will be making it up to my little girls,” Jayson said. “I always do.”
Despite Sweet being denied, county officials have been meeting with Sweet and believe she could be capable of caring for the girls. Sweet said over the phone she has already gone through a lengthy background check.