WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday, the mother, father and great-grandparents of Rainn Peterson, a Trumbull County two-year-old who went missing for two days and was found after a massive search, agreed that the girl’s great-grandparents would get temporary custody of the girl.
The agreement was reached by all parties at a custody hearing Tuesday afternoon, according to Trumbull County Children Services Executive Director Tim Schaffner.
“Nobody wanted Rainn to go anywhere but to people who loved her, and that’s what drove the common agreement to send her back to the home that she knows,” Schaffner said.
Rainn’s mother, Brandi, declined comment to WKBN Tuesday afternoon, saying only, “It’s aggravating, it’s aggravating,” as she was walking away.
Peterson’s great-grandparents, Richard and Dora Peterson, said before the hearing that they are grateful she was found, with Richard saying that God led the man who found Peterson to the right place.
“We thank everybody that had anything to do with this,” Dora Peterson said. “To find her, we had given up, and it’s just, she’s alive, she’s well, we thank them.”
Rainn will be in the hospital until Wednesday or Thursday and said before the hearing that she would be asking for custody of the girl.
The two-year-old is being treated at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Warren. 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.
The board will come up with a case plan for the family, and more hearings will be scheduled.
“We didn’t file for custody, we were given custody,” Richard Peterson said. “It’s not our choice.”
Victor Sutton found Peterson in a field Sunday evening in North Bloomfield. She had been missing since Friday evening from the Route 45 home where she was living with her great-grandparents and two siblings.
Brandi Peterson said the children were temporarily living with her grandparents.
Police are continuing the investigation into the child’s disappearance.
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.