This is a sad statement about what our society has become.


Miami..AP - A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Miami courtroom
drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have
custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the
judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody
law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest
degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more
than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge
then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said
that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate
family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life
among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to
propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child
welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Miami
Dolphins, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.