A Michigan judge who granted a rapist joint custody of a child born from an alleged assault apparently had no idea of the man’s criminal history, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Judge Gregory Ross stayed the grant Tuesday upon learning of the man’s past criminal convictions, which included the alleged rape of a woman when she was 12, after which she birthed an 8-year-old son.
A spokesman for the Michigan Supreme Court told the AP that Ross didn’t know of Christopher Mirasolo’s past when he granted him joint custody after a DNA test confirmed his paternity. The court gave the rape victim’s address to Mirasolo and his name was ordered to be on the child’s birth certificate, according to CBS News.
“I don’t understand why they thought they needed to give him joint legal custody,” Tiffany, the victim, told CBS This Morning Wednesday. “He was my rapist.”
“I was kidnapped for two days. I didn’t know if I was ever going to go home. He threatened to kill me and my best friend if we told anyone,” she said.
The woman’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, acknowledged that the judge may not have known about the criminal convictions, but alleged that the Sanilac County prosecutor, James V. Young, did.
“There’s nothing to suggest that the judge knew this involved a child molester,” Kiessling told a local Detroit outlet. “But I’ll tell you, the prosecutor’s office knew.”
“I’m hoping that the judge takes the opportunity to really chastise the prosecutor for how this was handled,” Kiessling said.
The judge set a date for a new hearing on Oct. 17.