Foster parents denied custody of 9-year-old girl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has blocked an attempt by Middle Tennessee foster parents to get back physical custody of the child they raised for eight years.

In court on Friday, Dickson County Juvenile Court Judge Andrew Jackson said 9-year-old Sonya McCaul will remain with her father in Omaha, Nebraska, for now.

The child’s court-appointed guardian, Hilary Duke, said Sonya is doing well. Duke blamed David and Kimberly Hodgin for blocking the state’s earlier attempts to place Sonya with relatives. She also claimed the Hodgins have endangered Sonya by making the custody case public. After the hearing, David Hodgin told reporters the family will never give up trying to get Sonya back.