CHICAGO (CBS) — Two years after a federal judge ordered her son sent back to Ireland to live with his father, an Orland Park woman is still fighting to get sole custody of the 7-year-old boy and bring him back to Illinois.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports an August court hearing has been scheduled in Mary Redmond’s ongoing legal fight in Cook County Circuit Court. Her legal bills have mounted to nearly $500,000.
In the meantime, Redmond, 36, said she talks to her son just about every day on Skype, calls usually monitored by his father, Derek Redmond.
“To me, he’s just the best little boy in the whole world; and lots of people will agree with me. He’s just such a great person. He has the best heart. He’s so loving and giving,” she said.
Mary is forbidden by court order from bringing up the “what ifs,” however, she said “a few weeks ago, he had a few minutes alone with me, and he actually asked me ‘Mommy, when am I coming back to America?’ And that just lifted my spirits so much, because he still wants to. You know, he still wants to come home, and that meant a lot to me.”