A June trial date was set Monday in the legal battle over custody of the three children of a still-missing Chula Vista woman and her husband, who is suspected of killing her.
The guardianship of the Millete children, ages 12, 11 and 6, remains in question as their mother, May “Maya” Millete, has been missing since January 2021, and their father, Larry Millete, remains jailed without bond for murder. for the past year.
Both Larry Millete’s parents and May Millete’s sister are seeking guardianship of the children.
Kelley James, the court-appointed guardian ad litem, requested at a hearing on Monday that an expert conduct what is called a 730 custody assessment before trial.
James said she thought it was important for the court to hear from someone “with experience in trauma investigations” during the trial because “these children suffered a significant amount of trauma.”
James said the three children are ‘doing remarkably well’ despite the circumstances, but said she was worried about how the various ‘unknowns’ might affect them in the future, particularly if their mother is found and the outcome of their father’s criminal case.
His request was for “a professional with a background in psychology, and specifically trauma” to assess both parties on how they will handle these issues for children as they arise.
James also noted that the maternal side of the family demands additional visits with the children, who have remained with their grandparents since their mother’s disappearance.
Although James said she was not aware of any issues preventing more visitation, she noted that ‘these children strongly believe that their maternal family caused (their) father’s incarceration and that hurts them. comfortable with that side of the family. I don’t know why they believe that, but they do.
Prosecutors allege Larry Millete killed his wife after she filed for divorce. She has not been seen or heard from since January 7, 2021.
Criminal proceedings were recently reinstated in the Millete murder case. His defense attorney had previously declared doubt about his ability to stand trial, but he was later found competent following an assessment by a doctor.
Millete is due to pass a preliminary hearing in the murder case in January, which would be the first time much of the evidence in the criminal case has been made public.
City News Service contributed to this article.