California child custody case sets legal precedent

A seven-year old boy found himself at the center of a Alameda County
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 California child
custody laws and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained
to the highest degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he revealed 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 child
welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Oakland
Raiders, whom the boy firmly believes are incapable of beating anyone.