A child custody battle involving a 3-year-old Parker County boy who medical records show has repeatedly tested positive for methamphetamine and hydrocodone this year is expected to go to a jury.
Judge Graham Quisenberry Wednesday morning OKed a jury trial at the request of Glenn Pattillo, who is seeking custody of his son, Warren.
Pattillo told the Democrat earlier in the year that he believes authorities should be doing more to protect his son after they were notified of allegations that the boy was exposed to methamphetamine.
The boy remains with his mother, who has declined to speak with the Democrat and, shortly after being contacted by the Democrat in June and July, requested that the judge order the boy’s father not to discuss the case.
During an April hearing, Quisenberry, who did not allow drug test results for the boy to be considered as evidence, found that there was evidence of drug use by the boy’s mother but no evidence of impact on the child.
Following coverage of the case by the Weatherford Democrat in July, Quisenberry sealed the court records making it difficult to follow the ongoing case.
An attorney appointed to represent the boy has also been removed by the judge.
In court filings submitted in June, the boy’s mother accused Pattillo, who has a visitation arrangement, of unspecified child neglect.
Child Protective Services personnel unsuccessfully attempted to intervene in the custody dispute earlier in the year, telling the court that the boy’s mother failed to cooperate with drug testing requested by CPS, that both the boy and mother failed a drug test and that the mother failed to produce a valid hydrocodone prescription for the boy.
The boy’s pediatrician told authorities that he had not prescribed hydrocodone for the boy and was unaware of any medical history that would lead to a prescription.
The mother’s uncle, as well as another witness, have provided statements that they saw the boy’s mother smoke methamphetamine around the child, according to court records.
Documents provided to the Democrat earlier this year show that hair follicle tests for Warren were performed in February, March, April and May and that levels of methamphetamine and hydrocodone increased after CPS began investigating and the court was notified.
In May, the boy tested negative for methamphetamine but was still testing positive for hydrocodone, according to Cook Children’s Medical Center records.
Pattillo and his wife have passed drug tests, according to Pattillo and CPS records.