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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The judge had decided not to rule whether the biological mother of Ricky Holland will get rights to keep her one-year old son, Matthew.
Two witnesses have taken the stand, including the case manager from Capital Area Michigan Works. That manager said that Casey Caswell would be eligible for cash assistance since she participated in one of the CAMW programs, Path. Both Caswell and her husband, Matthew Caswell Sr. volunteer, work on completing their GED and spend time searching for jobs through the program.
Caswell also took the stand, admitting to homelessness, which she said is from unemployment and lack of education. However, she also said she's now in a better place to parent a child that she loves.
The Caswells do have a home now, but they are not paying rent. Inside that home, they said they've prepared a room for Matthew.
Neither have jobs, but they've said they are looking. Matthew Caswell was employed through a church, but funds ran out to pay him.
Casey kept a detailed record of every visit with Matthew, including all the food and diapers they've purchased. That journal was admitted for evidence.
The judge said he will issue a written opinion at a later date.
The boy is Caswell's sixth biological child. The court took away her five other children because of a history of homelessness and unemployment.
Back in 2005, her oldest child, Ricky, died at the hands of his adoptive parents, Tim and Lisa Holland.