Couple wins custody of Jenny Hatch
The custody battle of a 29-year-old woman with Down Syndrome came to end Friday afternoon.
Jenny Hatch has been in and out of courtrooms for months, fighting to live with her friends, couple Kelly Morris and Jim Talbert, instead of at a group home. Friday a judge granted that wish and gave the couple custody of Jenny for the next year.
The verdict was revealed in a Newport News courtroom a little before 4 p.m. Full guardianship of Jenny was taken away from her mother, Julia Ross, who wanted Jenny to live in a group home. After a year under the guardianship of Morris and Talbert, Jenny will be able to make her own decisions.
Morris and Talbert have a history of caring for Jenny, and say they will gladly take her in.
WAVY News' Lauren Compton was at the hearing Friday and will give a full report of Jenny's last day in court for this case starting at 5 p.m.