Missing Mom's Estranged Husband Appealing Guardianship Order

AP
December 27, 2019 - 11:37 am

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The estranged husband of a Connecticut mother of five who has been missing for seven months is appealing a judge's order that granted guardianship of the children to their maternal grandmother, according to a newly filed court motion.

The motion filed Thursday in Stamford Superior Court by Fotis Dulos revealed that a state probate judge on Nov. 25 awarded guardianship of the children to Gloria Farber, of New York City, who previously had temporary custody.

The judge also removed the guardianship rights of Dulos and Jennifer Dulos, who hasn't been seen since she dropped the children off at school in her hometown of New Canaan on May 24. The children were taken to Farber's home after their mother vanished.

Fotis Dulos is appealing the guardianship order to juvenile court in Stamford, where a hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9, according to the motion. The motion filed in family court asks a judge to dismiss the couple's divorce case, citing Jennifer Dulos' disappearance.

Fotis Dulos, 52, of Farmington, and his former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos' disappearance. They have pleaded not guilty. No murder, manslaughter or homicide charges have been filed.

Police allege Fotis Dulos disposed of items containing his estranged wife's blood and took other cover-up steps with Troconis' help.