Trumbull County Children Services lawyer says Loretta Banks of Warren, the grandmother of a child reportedly raped during a visit at the agency’s offices, doesn’t meet the requirements to have a say in any decisions involving the child.
Susan Collins told Judge David Stuckey, a retired Stark County judge, that Banks visited the child for seven hours over the course of several visits at the agency’s offices on Reeves Road.
She made the arguments Wednesday in Trumbull County Family Court, where Loretta Banks and her attorney, David Engler, argued that Loretta Banks should gain some legal standing in the child’s life.
Loretta Banks also wants a Children Services agency in another county to oversee supervision of the child, who was 9 months old in April when reportedly raped by her biological mother and father, Felicia Banks Beemer and Cody Beemer, who face charges.
The only visits Loretta Banks had with the girl took place at the agency because the child was taken into Children Services’ custody right after her birth, Collins said.
Loretta Banks is not a suitable guardian for the child because of her own history with the agency dating back to 1987, when she was raising her own children, Collins said.
Engler said Banks established a relationship with the child during visits, but those visits were eliminated at the same time Felicia Banks Beemer’s visits were ended by her arrest, Engler said.
“She just wants to visit the child,” Engler said.
Collins said she doesn’t think Loretta Banks wants a relationship with the child as much as she wants the standing to file a lawsuit against Children Services over the reported rape.
Judge Stuckey is expected to rule on the matter at a 9 a.m. March 7 hearing.