The woman smiled as if finally they were getting somewhere.
“I’m not an attorney, Mr. Lipson. But I would suggest that Mr. Norsen speak with an attorney. We will be happy to support the best interest of the children.”
“And the best interest of the children right now is…?” Jacob asked.
“They have no contact with their mother at this time,” the woman said.
“And their father will become their sole custodian? Is that correct?” Jacob asked.
“Yes, sir,” the woman said. “I cannot speak to the legalities but our recommendations are that the children live with their father in his home.”
Jacob laughed and clapped Aden on the back. Aden looked at Jacob then shook his head.
“That’s not all of it,” Aden said.
“It’s our understanding that the Denver Police are not pursuing a case against Mr. Norsen,” the woman said. “In order to support his sole custody, Social Services has a few requirements.”
“See,” Aden said.
The woman glared Aden into silence.
“Ma’am, what are the requirements?” Jacob asked.
“We require Mr. Norsen’s sobriety. We require that the children remain in therapy. We require that their father maintain a stable residence, school and social life,” the woman said.
“What documentation will be required?” Blane asked.
“Random drug testing and regular reports from the therapist,” the investigator said.
“Oh,” Aden stammered. “Oh. Well that’s…”
“Outside of the drug testing, you are saying he must keep everything the same as it is right now. Is that correct?” Jacob asked.
“Yes Mr. Marlowe, that’s correct.” Smiling, the woman nodded. “Is he always like this?”
“Just as far as his kids are concerned,” Jacob replied.
“May I have a copy of the report?” Blane asked. “Would you mind helping me find the forms Aden will need…”
“Of course, if you will come with me…”
The woman stood. She held her hand out to Aden. Aden looked at her hand then, jumping to his feet, he impulsively hugged her. The woman laughed.
“Thanks,” Aden said.
“The man you should thank is Detective O’Malley down at DPD. He’s did most of the criminal investigation on you. Usually we wait for months for these things, but he completed it in less than a week. He recommended not pursuing a case against you. That’s was your last hold up for sole custody.”
“Well, thank you for all your work,” Aden said.
“You’re welcome. You need to speak with an attorney. We’ll be happy to provide our reports to assist you.”
“Thank you. I… Thanks,” Aden said.
The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…
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