Dallas Morning News publishes our story: ‘Dallas boy who fended for himself in vacant home to live with grandmother in Amarillo’
We were excited to see that The Dallas Morning News published our story today, reporting that the 13-year-old boy who was abandoned by his mother and boyfriend will now go to live with his grandmother, after she was awarded custody with the help of one of our legal experts.
Below is the complete story:
Dallas boy who fended for himself in vacant home to live with grandmother in Amarillo
Matt Peterson, Breaking News/Justice Editor
Staff writer Alyssa Parish reports
The custody of a 13-year-old boy left to live in a vacant Dallas home last year has been awarded to his maternal grandmother.
Jennifer Yanke, 30, and her boyfriend, Stephan Alcox, 32, were arrested in November on child abandonment charges. Police received a call about a boy living alone in a home on Ferguson Road without running water or heat. At the time, Yanke and Alcox were living in a nearby hotel.
Yanke’s mother, Irene Yanke, was given custody of the boy this week after Child Protective Services suggested that the boy live with Alcox’s parents.
“There’s always going to be a richer or better parent out there, but placement needs to be with a relative,” said Julie Lucio, Irene Yanke’s attorney.
Irene Yanke called police about her grandson after learning that he was living alone, homeschooling himself and surviving on a diet of cereal and dry pasta. Yanke had called CPS on her daughter in the past.
“When what you see is wrong you have to do something,” Yanke said.
Yanke said her grandson will fly Thursday to Amarillo, where he will be enrolled in school, attend counseling and church on Sundays. He told Yanke he would like to play football and soccer and run track.
“He’s excited to come, and we’re happy to have him,” Yanke said. “He asked me to send him pictures of his bed and his room.”
The criminal cases against Alcox and Jennifer Yanke are still pending in Dallas County court.