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Guatemalan couple's Dalton custody case drags on

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DALTON, GA (Times Free Press) -- A local attorney plans to appeal a judge's decision to deny a motion for a new trial for a Guatemalan couple who lost custody of their children almost four years ago.

"We just have to hope for the best," said Richard Murray, who is representing Ovidio and Domitina Mendez, who have five children ages 3 to 6. All of the children have severe physical disabilities.

Whitfield County Judge Connie Blaylock denied a motion to reconsider terminating the Mendezes' parental rights.

"It's just sad," said Ovidio Mendez when reached by phone Thursday night. "But we will keep fighting."

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