Phoenix, AZ — A 12-year-old girl successfully divorced her parents on Monday after receiving a Christmas present that was not on her wish list.
Steve Middleton from Middleton and Associates who represented the girl, told reporters outside the Phoenix Municipal Court that he was pleased with the judges decision. “This was a clear case of child abuse and neglect,” Middleton said. “Once I saw that broken iPad, my heart just went out to her. I knew it was up to me to get her out of that dangerous situation.”
35-year-old Paul Horner told CNN he does not agree with the judge’s ruling but is hopeful for his daughter’s future. “My wife and I will miss our little girl so much,” Horner said. “We tried to give her everything she wanted, but sometimes she would just get so angry with us. Hopefully the state can provide her with better care than we did.”
“This sends a clear message to all of the parents around the world,” Middleton told reporters. “No more half-assing it when it comes to Christmas time. If a parent wants to be a parent, then they have to step up and be a parent. No one is going to be a parent for these parents anymore, except when you lose the right to be a parent, like the Horner family has. Now the state will be her parents and fulfill all her parenting needs.”