Mary Winkler Custody Battle Begins Today

Huntingdon (AP) - The custody battle over the Mary Winkler children is scheduled to be heard today in Huntingdon.

Winkler seeks to regain custody of her three young daughters even though she was convicted of killing their father.

The daughters, 10, 8 and 2-years-old, are living with their father's parents in Carroll County who are trying to adopt them over Winkler's objections.

Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in April for killing husband Matthew Winkler, a Church of Christ minister in Selmer.

She is on probation from a three-year prison sentence after serving about seven months in custody.

The children's grandparents also have filed a $2 million wrongful death suit against Winkler.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Larry on Sep 21, 2007 at 02:03 PM
    OMG!!!!! THE WOMEN BLACKED OUT AND KILLED SOMEONE!!!!! What part of that is safe for a CHILD to be around? Obviously she doesnt know how to handle stress and you want to put 2 CHILDREN (kids can be frustrating you know) back in her custody? You people are flat out insane. I still want to to know what proof made him and his family so evil that they deserve worse then she got? Because the murderer said he was evil?? Come on people, common sense.. Everytime some tragedy happens we hear all about well gee if only their was some sign something was wrong, Well you had your sign and your ready to throw the kids right back to the murderer.
  • by Jamie Location: Tennessee on Sep 20, 2007 at 09:21 PM
    I think she should have her children. She has not shown any signs of wanting to harm the children. If she did anything by killing the father it was to keep the children from proably being abused. If the grandparents can file such a suit she ought to be able to file one against them for raising him to treat her that way.
  • by Lucille Location: Knoxville on Sep 20, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    In Tennessee grandparents have no rights so why should she not now have the girls back. The 2 Million will never replace the son. Why do the think they should make money from the death? But if his behavior was as told his next acts could have been on one of the girls. What is the true charater of the grandfather or grandmother? Every mother needs at least a second chance, the courts are giving her one so she should have one with her children. No child wants to not have at least one parent.
  • by Larry on Sep 20, 2007 at 12:31 AM
    Your kidding right? "She has never, from any records, shown to be an unfit mother." I'm coming to the conclusion that their is no such thing as common sense left in America. Just because she BLACKED OUT and killed someone doesn't mean shes a bad mother or that it could happen again when she gets miffed at the kids.... good grief it no wonder some people need the government to regulate every aspect of their life, obviously they arent smart enough to do it themselves.
  • by I support her Location: Oak Ridge on Sep 19, 2007 at 09:40 PM
    Mary was brave to put up with that crap for so long. She deserves a metal for living with that creep! I hope she gets her kids back and is able to live a normal life, and as for that $2million that the grandparents are asking for,they should be ashamed to have raised such an abusive man...I wonder...did the apple fall far from the tree???
  • by Julie Location: Tn on Sep 19, 2007 at 09:24 PM
    I hope they award her custody of her children. The girls need to be raised by their mom and she needs her childred as well.
  • by Calvin Location: Knoxville on Sep 19, 2007 at 07:07 AM
    Hope the court will award her custody of her children. This part has nothing to do with the killing of her husband. She has never, from any records, shown to be an unfit mother. As far as the other, sure she should have not killed Matthew but that has been settled already.
  • by Chris Location: home on Sep 19, 2007 at 06:15 AM
    Why can't the parties involved get into mediation for solution best suited for the little girls? Much better than drag all into the legal system. My opinion of the system is not positive.


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