Mom challenges grandma for custody of Rainn Peterson

Branii Peterson - mom of missing Trumbull County toddler Rainn Peterson

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A custody battle is brewing in Trumbull County Family Court over who will take Rainn Peterson home from the hospital when she is released Thursday.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, Brandi Peterson and her grandmother, Dora Peterson, are both seeking custody of the 2-year-old girl.

The 2-year-old is being treated at St. Joe’s in Warren and is expected to be released Thursday.

While she’s being cared for at the hospital, the little girl is in the care of Trumbull County Children Services Board, which is procedural in a missing children’s case, according to the board.

Victor Sutton found Peterson in a field Sunday evening in North Bloomfield. She had been missing for two days from her Route 45 home she shared with her great-grandparents and two siblings.

Brandi Peterson said the children were temporarily living with her grandparents.

The investigation into the child’s disappearance continues.

In a WKBN 27 First News interview over the weekend, Brandi Peterson said she was frustrated with how law enforcement was questioning her.

“They were trying to accuse me instead of listen to me and find my daughter,” Peterson said. “It is a very frustrating time right now. I understand they are trying to do their jobs, but they are just looking at the wrong person.”

Investigators confirmed that they gave polygraph tests to the family members and that the tests raised no red flags.

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