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Baker County Family Court Meets Again in Miranda Wilkerson Case

11:23 PM, Jul 14, 2011   |    comments
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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. --Little Miranda Wilkerson was at the center of another court hearing Thursday afternoon in Baker County.

The meeting happened 24 hours after the 3-year-old was taken away from the only family she's known and given to a registered sex offender, who also has a violent criminal history.

It's unclear what exactly happened at the hearing. First Coast News cameras were not allowed inside.

Sheriff's deputies also tried to move us in the courthouse hallway.  A First Coast News attorney who was on hand also tried to get us inside, but she too was turned away.

After the hearing, no one was talking, including Miranda's family who told us they couldn't talk to us anymore.

Little Miranda, who will turn 4 in a couple of days, is now grabbing the attention of local lawmakers.

"I was absolutely appalled. Very concerned for the well-being of this little girl," said State Representative Janet Adkins.

Adkins told us she is shocked to hear what happened to Miranda is all legal.

It all started in 2007.  When Miranda's mom, Trista Crews, died one month after Miranda was born, she was still married to that registered sex offender, Donald Coleman.

Coleman filed for divorce right before Trista died, even noting in the petition she was pregnant with another man's child.

But because the two were still legally married at the time of Miranda's birth, Coleman, who may not be Miranda's biological father, is considered her legal father.

"I find it absolutely incredible that the law would say you are going to take a child out of a family, the only family this child has ever known, and to put this person with a complete stranger who is not any relation, I find that just appalling," said Adkins.

The lawmaker, who represents Baker County, said she is working with DCF to see what can be done.

She also said it's time to look at the law and close loopholes so what happened to Miranda doesn't happen to another child.  "My biggest concern is for that child's safety."
















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