grandmother of Jeffersonville assumes guardianship of 2 year old grandson | News

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JEFFERSONVILLE – After raising her two children, Shelley Krininger is now raising her 2-year-old grandson, Leo Lawton, at his Jeffersonville home.

Shelley has been working hard to take care of her grandson since her mother, Shelley’s daughter, was jailed.

“He’s my special little guy, so I do whatever I can when I can,” Shelley said.

With Leo running into the living room, full of energy, Shelley said fondly how friendly and independent he was.

“He was just in love with all the kids he met. It was fun watching it, ”Shelley recalls on one of their trips to the public library. She remembered how he patted the heads of every other kid he met.

For most of her life, Shelley worked as a paralegal, then worked for the census bureau and took a second job as a cashier at Kroger. But after two strokes in early 2017, she gradually stopped working.

“One day I’m actually on the phone with someone and suddenly I couldn’t write. I couldn’t understand what I was writing and it was just weird, it was hieroglyphics, ”she said, recalling her experience returning to work after being released from the hospital.

“It was more terrifying than anything else because that’s how I made my living, to be able to read, understand and write. It was gone, just gone, ”she said.

Now Shelley is able to write better, but she still has memory and speech problems.

“I had to face a lot of things,” she said.

Since quitting work, Shelley said she received financial assistance to pay the rent, but also spent a lot of money looking after her daughter, which seemed to cancel the plan. silver.

Shelley said she knew she was going to have to apply for Leo’s guardianship after about six months because she couldn’t rely on her daughter to look after him.

“She’s always loved Leo, and when she’s here she plays with him, takes care of him and that sort of thing, but as far as being a responsible party goes [she was] not quite filling the bill, ”Shelley said.

Shelley was able to receive Leo’s guardianship a few months ago, although she said it was difficult and time-consuming to complete the paperwork, but she received help from New Hope Services.

“I received really good help,” said Shelley, “I am very lucky to have a lot of good people around me to help me and take care of Leo.”

Shelley said she counts her blessings in the things people do; “You see God at work through other people”.

Although Shelley has said that while not having a family other than her kids and Leo could be seen as a downside, she believes it will at least allow her grandson to be stronger and more autonomous.

“You can already see it in a lot of things. He wants to do everything himself, ”she said.

Shelley and Leo are part of the New Hope Services wish book program, hoping to receive donations during the holidays. Shelley is asking for more service-related donations that would help around the house.

One request is for a housekeeping service to help clean and organize the house. She would also like help with yard work, including mowing the lawn and cleaning the gutters.

Shelley also has issues with her car that she would like to sort out, including new brakes, repairing the driver’s side window, and fixing a problem with the throttle.

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