Murder By Parent Terminates Parental Rights
A bill heading to Gov. Mike Easley's desk for signature would lay out how someone's parental rights could be terminated if a parent kills his/her child's other parent. State law now allows terminating parental rights for someone who kills a child, but not for killing the other parent. The bill, House Bill 97, would allow survivors, including a victim's grandparents or siblings, to petition to end the parental rights of a parent who has committed murder or voluntary manslaughter of the other parent. The Senate unanimously approved the bill Monday night.