We're feeling for Seattle mom of two, Trisha Conlon, who will have no choice this Sunday but to drop her two sons off at her ex-husband's home for visitation. There they will be living with a woman who killed her own two daughters, back in 1991.
The step-mother, Kristine Cushing, has a loving relationship with Conlon's sons, but a checkered past: she served four years in a mental institution for slaying her own daughters, an act attributed to temporary insanity (a severe reaction to prescription anti-depressants). Several years after her release, she remarried her daughters' father, John P. Cushing, who by this time was divorced from Conlon, his second wife.
Commissioner Leonid Ponomarchuk of King County Superior Court, who ruled against Conlon's bid to change the parenting plan, is quoted by The New York Times as saying, “Would I ever want my children around her? I would say no. But that is an emotional reaction coming from a parent.”
What would you do if you were in Trisha Conlon's shoes?