Colorado Mother Accused of Killing Children Engaged in Lengthy Child Custody Battle with Children’s Father Before Their Deaths, Reports Indicate
As the 2023 holidays kicked into high gear, the devastating news of the deaths of two young children and the wounding of their sibling in Colorado hit the front pages of newspapers across the United States. The underlying custody battle between the parents of the two deceased children and the injured third child is now being revealed as the investigation into the horrific event unfolds.
According to national news reports, on December 19, 2023, police responded to an emergency call at 35-year-old Kimberlee Singler’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When police arrived on the scene, however, they reportedly found an 11-year-old girl injured, and both a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy dead. The children were those of Kimberlee Singler and her ex-husband, who are now said to have been engaging in a heated and intense custody battle over the three young children. The burglary allegation by Singler is said to have been unfounded, and Singler absconded to the United Kingdom, where she was later apprehended by police.
The history of Singler and her ex-husbands heated child custody may shed light into Singler’s twisted motivations for killing and injuring her children. According to local news reports, Singler and her ex-husband had been fighting over child custody issues for the past four years, after the couple divorced in 2018. After much volleying back and forth over child custody issues throughout 2019 and 2020, Singler filed a motion with the court to move the three children to Florida in 2021, and asked the court for “immediate sole and temporary parental responsibility” over them. Singler’s ex-husband opposed the request, and in October, 2022, filed an emergency motion with the court to prevent a potential child abduction by Singler. Singler also filed motions to restrict the children’s time with their father, which was granted by the court on September 29, 2023, pending an investigation into a domestic violence incident by Singler’s ex-husband. However, the court ultimately found that Singler’s ex-husband was not a danger to the children, and ordered Singler to bring the children to their father for a scheduled visitation on December 16. On December 17, Singler’s ex-husband filed an emergency motion to enforce the child custody agreement that was in place, but, unfortunately, the next time that the children were located was the day that they were found deceased and injured.
When Child Custody Issues Escalate, Seek Legal Help Immediately
As the case against Kimberlee Singler demonstrates, child custody issues can escalate quickly, and child abductions can lead to not only missing children, but also serious injury and even murder. In addition, a child abduction may take on international rescue efforts if the child is taken overseas. If you believe that your child may be abducted by a non-custodial parent overseas, or your child is already missing, it is important to act immediately. Contact the experienced Chicago international family law Hague Convention lawyers at the law firm Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC, and speak to an experienced child custody and child abduction lawyer about your case today.