The stepmother of Sarah Corbett has posted a heart-wrenching birthday post as the girl turns nine today.
Sarah and her 10-year-old brother, Jack, returned to Limerick almost two weeks ago following a protracted legal battle to keep them in North Carolina where they had lived for the last four years.
Last month, their father Jason was found with fatal head injuries at a home he shared in the US with his second wife, Molly Martens Corbett, and his two children from a first marriage.
A domestic disturbance had occurred at his Wallburg home in North Carolina on August 2. Molly and her father Tom, a retired FBI agent, are persons of interest in the case. No arrests have yet been made and the police investigation is ongoing.
Following two weeks of uncertainty, a US court-appointed lawyer granted guardianship of the Limerick-born children to Jason’s sister Tracey Lynch and her husband David. The couple were named legal guardians to Jack and Sarah in their father’s will following the death of his first wife Mags Corbett in 2006.
On the eve of Sarah’s birthday and in the latest of Facebook postings and photographs to the children Molly says: “My birthday princess. Today is your birthday eve and you would get to open one small birthday eve present tonight.
“Your last night as an eight year old... As per tradition, tonight I would hug you tight and say goodbye to eight year old Sarah. In the morning you’ll be nine year old Sarah and I would say, Happy Birthday and nice to meet you nine year old Sarah.
“It is impossible to not think of you, my children, every moment. I hope, and pray, and wish with all that I have that you are relying on the strength and courage I brought you up to have.”
Molly has lodged an appeal against the court’s decision to appoint guardianship to the Lynchs.
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