The stepmother of Jack and Sarah Corbett, who were brought home to Ireland after their father’s violent death in the US, has stepped up her social media campaign to speak to the children.
In her latest Facebook posting, Molly Martens Corbet, pleads with the Corbett and Fitzpatrick families to be allowed to communicate with the children, who are now living in Limerick with their aunt and uncle, Tracey and David Lynch.
She has not had any contact with them since they were brought back to Ireland almost three weeks ago.
Sarah, who turned nine last week, returned to Limerick along with her brother Jack, following a protracted legal battle to keep them in North Carolina in the US 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 Ms Martens Corbett, his second wife, and his two children from his first marriage. His first wife, Mags Corbett, died in 2006 after an asthma attack.
A domestic disturbance had occurred at his Wallburg home in North Carolina on August 2. Ms Martens Corbett and her father Tom, a retired FBI agent, are persons of interest in the case.
No arrests have yet been made. However, a police investigation is due be completed within the coming week.
In one of her Facebook posts, the American woman pleads: “Please, please let me speak to Jack and Sarah. It could be on speaker, you could state the conditions... Please let me tell them I love them.” Her posts are interspersed with photographs of her with the children.
Her post has received scores of likes and comments by the public asking for her to be given the chance to speak with the children.
Following several 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 as legal guardians to Jack and Sarah in their father’s will following the death of his first wife.
An uncle of Ms Martens Corbett, Michael Earnest, a special agent fraud investigator with the Federal Law Enforcement agency claims that a report was prepared by Tusla regarding the Lynch home and was provided to the Guardianship Court.
“We are only hoping that state agencies similar to the Department of Social Security are conducting, post guardianship evaluations of the new domicile the court has placed the children in,” he said.
“This would include one-on-one interviews of the children, by social workers trained to conduct such interviews and make the children feel comfortable in opening up.”
In response Tusla said: “We do not comment on individual cases. We have a strict policy of confidentially which precludes us from doing so.”
Mr Earnest added: “Molly is distraught and I’m only thankful that we can try and help her cope with this. All of the family is suffering and trying desperately to keep it together.”
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