Relatives of the four children in the Amazon rainforest in Colombia after their plane crashed are now locked in a custody battle for the siblings.
The kids’ grandfather, Narciso Mucutuy, is looking to take custody of the siblings after accusing the father of two of them, Manuel Ranoque, of abusing their mother, local BLU Radio reports.
Astrid Caceres, director of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, told the Bogota-based radio station Monday that the agency is interviewing those vying for custody and has yet to rule out the claims that and her kids suffered domestic abuse at the hands of Ranoque.
“We are going to talk, investigate, learn a little about the situation,” Caceres said.
“The most important thing at this moment is the children’s health, which is not only physical but also emotional.”
When grilled by reporters following news of the allegations on Sunday, Ranoque said his arguments with his wife were a “private matter” and not “gossip for the world.”