Sex offender Donald Coleman has custody of 4-year-old Miranda Wilkerson
BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- Friends of Miranda Wilkerson are planning to protest a judge's decision to turn over custody of the almost four-year-old to a sex offender.
The transfer happened on Wednesday in Baker County. Miranda, who turns four on July 24, is in the middle of a legal mess. Her mother, Trista Crews, died one month after she was born.
Crews was married at the time to a registered sex offender, Donald Coleman.
Coleman has a violent criminal history involving domestic violence and aggravated assault. Coleman pleaded guilty to a sex crime involving a child back in 1997.
Miranda's family says Coleman is not her biological father. In fact, divorce papers filed by Coleman note that he knew Crews was pregnant with another man's child. Miranda was that child.
Because Crews and Coleman were still married at the time of Miranda's birth, he is considered her legal father.
Miranda's biological dad as well as other family members are fighting to get her back.
They are planning to protest the judge's decision in front of the Baker County Courthouse this afternoon.
First Coast News