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Vt. judge: Child custody is tough to legislate

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The case of a murdered toddler hassome Vermont lawmakers questioning if child protection hearings should be opento the public. That might provide additional scrutiny over decisions aboutwhether to return children to troubled homes.

State senators began looking intochild protection services after prosecutors charged 2-year-old DeziraeSheldon's stepfather with her death. Social workers previously pulled the childfrom her mother's care following a child abuse conviction.

Vermont Chief Administrative Judge AmyDavenport says the cases are complicated, and law changes won't necessarilymake their decisions easier.

"You want to keep achild safe, you want to try to minimize the trauma and you're constantlybalancing all of those things in trying to get to the right decision,"Davenport said.

Those custody cases arenot currently open to the public, but are handled in secret in family court.

But Senator Dick Searssays he's interested in exploring that option, which has been pioneered byother states.

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