Mother of slain tot seeks custody of her other kids

Associated Press

Thursday, November 4, 2004



BURTON, Mich. - The mother of a 6-year-old girl who was shot to death by a 6-year-old classmate four years ago is seeking to regain custody of her two surviving children, or at least a chance at regular visitation.

Veronica McQueen of Burton filed the custody petition on Monday in Genesee Circuit Court in Flint. She also filed for divorce from her husband, Michael, who was convicted last year of molesting his daughter and Veronica's daughter. McQueen's lawsuit said she has had no contact with her husband.

After the criminal case against him, custody of McQueen's surviving children was awarded to their father, George Allen Jr.

McQueen youngest daughter, Kayla Rolland, was shot to death in February 2000 in the first-grader's classroom at Buell Elementary School in the Beecher School District, north of Flint.

McQueen lawyer Kenneth R. Tucker said she has been visiting her children with their father's consent under a temporary court order early last year.

"She's got to ease back into some type of normal arrangement with the kids," Tucker told the Flint Journal.

In court papers, McQueen says her children, 15 and 14, want to live with their mother.