Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Custody Disputes Marked Jordan's Life Murder Suspect's Father Won the Case

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Custody Disputes Marked Jordan's Life Murder Suspect's Father Won the Case

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From his birth, officials have struggled over where Jordan Brown should stay.

As an infant, Jordan's parents each fought for custody of the boy, beginning when his father, fearing the boy's mother would put him up for adoption, asked a Lawrence County judge for "the chance to raise" him, according to court records.

Now 11 and charged with two counts of homicide in the shooting death of his father's fiancee and her unborn child, Jordan's accommodations are again uncertain.

Jordan was moved from the Lawrence County Jail to the Allencrest Juvenile Detention Center in Beaver County on Wednesday, but officials said yesterday he might not stay at the youth facility because of the cost. A judge ordered the change because the county lockup wasn't properly equipped to handle a juvenile.

But the cost of his stay at Allencrest will be about $4,500 a week because of the need for around-the-clock security from sheriff's deputies, according to Beaver County solicitor Myron Sainovich. Lawrence County must cover the costs. Mr. Sainovich was asked to review the costs and other possible options when Jordan was moved from the county jail.

The Beaver County Jail could hold Jordan for about $1,400 a week in an isolation cell with glass windows, not bars, Mr. Sainovich said. Two to three guards are always stationed nearby. The jail has held juveniles before, Mr. Sainovich said. Lawrence County President Judge Dominick Motto would have to issue a new order before another move could happen.

The judge involved in Jordan's case now is the same one who dealt with the boy's custody issues even in infancy. Lawrence County court records show that his parents, Chris Brown and Mildred Krause, struggled in court over who should raise the boy.

Five months before Jordan's birth, Ms. Krause had filed a protection from abuse order against Mr. Brown, writing that "He showed me his gun permit and told me that if I ever break up with him, he would kill me," according to court records. "At the time, I laughed, but now I know he is serious." Ms. Krause also writes in the petition, granted by Judge Motto, that Mr. Brown "has such a temper," "carries a gun" and had threatened to hurt her, her friends and family. …

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