Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boy, 11, Ordered to Live with Half Sister

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boy, 11, Ordered to Live with Half Sister

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The boy orphaned in a murder-suicide at a Jacksonville hospital last month will live with his half sister for now, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Circuit Judge Peter Dearing said Kai Prindle, 11, shouldn't be uprooted from the city where he has lived for the past three years and established relationships with schoolmates and health-care providers.

Regardless of the reason why Kai was in Jacksonville, Dearing said it would cause even more disruption in the boy's life to move to Maryland with his maternal aunt, who is also seeking custody.

In the meantime, Dearing ordered that the boy should have "full and frequent" visitation with his aunt, Desiree Farve. Farve's lawyers argued that Kai's mother, Denise Farve, designated Desiree as her desired guardian in her will. They said Kai has been in Jacksonville because his father was keeping him from his mother and mother's family against the order of a Louisiana court order in an ongoing custody dispute.

Kai will be in the care of Twyla Prindle, 35, while the court makes a final decision about who should have custody. Kai's father, Jesse Prindle, shot him and the boy's mother before turning the gun on himself in the parking lot of Baptist Medical Center on June 19.

A final decision will come after an in-depth home study and could take four months or more.

Deirdre Conner


A woman was shot and killed inside a Jacksonville home Tuesday, police said.

Sgt. Thomas Waters of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said authorities responded to the 3000 block of West First Street, which is near the Jacksonville Kennel Club, in response to shots fired shortly before 3 p.m.

Officers found an unresponsive woman who was later pronounced dead.

Neighbors told police they saw a blue, late-model Buick with dark-tinted windows driving through the neighborhood before shots were fired. …

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