PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - It could be October before Jim and Denise Wright can fight to get their children back.
The Wrights’ six-year-old daughter Jenise was raped and killed earlier this month.
When she was reported missing, the state’s Child Protective Services took custody of Wright’s three siblings living in the family’s Bremerton home.
Juvenile custody matters are confidential and it is not publicly known why the children were taken.
After police arrested 17-year-old Gabe Gaeta and accused him of killing the girl, her parents figured they would be able to get their children returned.
On Monday in Kitsap County’s Family Court, they had a chance to argue to get the children back, but instead they opted for setting a future trial date.
Outside the courthouse, Jim Wright would not say why the family chose that route.
”I can’t talk about it,” said Jim Wright, “This is a process; we’re cooperating with the process.”
He said he and his wife have been able to visit the children, who are living with their maternal grandparents. But he said it has been difficult not being able to grieve together over the loss of Jenise.
”It’s not happening right now,” said Jim Wright.