This refers to a murder by serial killers Lake and Ng
-very sick people. Not for the weak of heart.
In this article (Ed's note: no article link could be found), the serial killer picked off a young family of three -mother, father, and infant child. The father was killed, deemed useless by the killer. The mother was kept for a time as a sex slave, then later killed. But the infant was "adopted" (not legally) by the killer's brother, who was told it was abandoned on the killer's doorstep. This was all the information in the article on this family.
So I was left wondering what was to happen to the child?
Obviously, the child grew up with the killer's brother, never knowing his or her real family was killed.
But for the sake of my question, let's assume the child is around seven years old. The murder is discovered and tried, etc. Also assuming (for the sake of argument) that the murdered parent's parents are still alive. Who should get the child?
The child and brother already have a bond. The child is attached to him, and he is understandable attached to the child. The brother didn't knowingly do anything wrong (other than fail to contact authorities about the mysterious child).
However, the grandparents are biologically related. They probably knew and loved the child as a baby. They more than likely despaired over his/her disappearance. Can they really be denied the rights to their own flesh and blood?
Who do you think should get custody of the child (assuming also that there's not laws about this, I don't have a deep knowledge of the law honestly)?