Family Court ruling in child custody case

A family member reports a judge’s ruling in Oconee County in a child custody case over a 10-month old girl. Lynne Delph, a former Oconee County resident now living in Horry County, tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS that 10th Circuit Family Court Judge Edgar Long yesterday terminated the mother’s rights. Delph says she and her husband, Grant, are licensed to adopt and have completed foster care training. Though their financial resources have been drained, the Delphs are hopeful of raising enough money for a lawyer to file papers to allow them to adopt their great granddaughter, Vivian. The Delphs’ position is that their granddaughter will be better off with blood relatives, in place of foster care parents. Lynne Delph and others who support the Delphs staged a public demonstration late last year in Walhalla, across the street from the offices of the Oconee Department of Social Services. According to Judge Long’s ruling, custody has now been taken away from Tiffany, mother of Vivian. According to Lynne Delph, Tiffany’s mother is now deceased.