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Aug 21, 2013 2:08 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Family Members Asking for Custody of Newborn in Abuse Case

CORPUS CHRISTI - Judge Brent Chesney ruled today the parents of a newborn boy will have no contact with him as they await trial on charges of abuse.

Nathan Rittgers, 34, and Glenna Guardado, 28, came under scrutiny when they brought their 5-week old son to Driscoll Children's Hospital with a broken leg, broken arm and brain injuries.

Police arrested the couple at their home the next day. Both face charges of injury to a child.

Today, the newborn's great aunt and uncle informed the judge they would like to take custody. "He's our family. He's a 5 and a half 6 week old baby. He's had a rough time of it. No child should have to endure that... Accident or whatever. None of us knows what happened. That will all come out. We feel we have an environment that is conducive that will give him a chance for what God has planned for him and we want to open those opportunities up for him," said Dara Rittgers, the newborn's great aunt.

A home study will take place to find out if their home is appropriate. Another family member has also asked for custody of the child.

However, there is an older sibling and Judge Chesney would like to keep them together. Complicating matters is the fact that the older sibling's father lives in West Virginia.

Judge Chesney made it clear that Nathan Rittgers and Glenna Guardado need to get their lives in order and show some improvement, or he will terminate their parental rights. Both remain in the Nueces County Jail.


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