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Kelly Rutherford Cries On ‘The View’: My Kids Could Disappear

Thu, September 13, 2012 1:06pm EDT by 5 Comments
Kelly Rutherford custody battle
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Poor Kelly Rutherford. She recently lost residential custody of her two small children, and now her daughter is begging to come home. Watch the emotional clip.

Kelly Rutherford was devastated after a Los Angeles judge ruled in August that the best interest of her two young kids Hermes, 5, and Helena, 3, would be to live with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch in France. Although they have joint custody, Daniel cannot return to the US due to a revoked visa. An emotional Kelly visited The View on Sept. 13 to tell her side of the custody battle, and why she fears for the safety of her kids.

The custody dispute began when Kelly left Daniel, and she said he immediately went on the defensive.

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“I left when I was three months pregant, because I was pretty scared about what I was finding out about him, and strange things happening,” she said on The View. 

But since Daniel cannot travel to the United States, and Kelly can only see her kids when she visits them in Monoco. She saw them about a week ago, and said her kids are begging to come home to New York, although she believes her son is being brainwashed.

“I dont think he would intentionally harm the children or I couldn’t live with myself right now, but I do think that they are at risk,” she said.

“I was the primary parent, and now I’m the visitor, and there are a lot of things being said every day that we all hear, and they aren’t things that kids need to hear,” she added.

But her worst nightmare is that she could lose her kids forever.

“My fear is that he could dissappear tomorrow and I don’t know where to look. There’s no way to trace him. There’s no bank account numbers there’s no taxes, there’s nothing.”

When asked how she plans to win back custody, she said she’s not quite sure, but that she’s working hard to appeal the ruling. “I’ve been through pretty much everything,” she said.

During the Aug. 28 case, Judge Teresa Beaudet defended her decision, calling both parents, “exceptional,” and “excellent.”

“The relocation decision this court makes today, is without doubt one of the hardest decisions this Court has had to make in its nearly three years in family law,” she stated in court documents, according to E! Online.

“The best interest of the children will be served because the relocation plan for France is the only plan that offers the possibility of nearly equal parenting time while Daniel cannot return to the US,” the judge said. “Once Daniel can return to the US, the parties have agreed to equal parenting time.”

Check out the clip below:

How tragic. We hope everything works out for Kelly and her children.

What do YOU think of the custody dispute HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

More Kelly Rutherford news:

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  2. Kelly Rutherford Appealing Custody Ruling Forcing Her Children To Live Abroad
  3. ‘Gossip Girl’ Kelly Rutherford Sued For Spying On Her Ex Daniel Giersch