Newaygo father awarded custody of surviving child, sons' bodies after crash

A Florida judge has awarded a Newaygo County man custody of his injured daughter and the remains of his two sons, who were killed in a crash last week.

NASSAU COUNTY, FLA. - A Florida judge has awarded the father of three kids involved in a deadly crash temporary custody of the one surviving child.

Andrew Bird, a Newaygo County, Mich., firefighter, sought custody in a hearing held yesterday, but the judge made his decision Wednesday, Oct. 26.The children's mother, 33-year-old Tonya Capallia-Eason, was driving seven children from a Halloween party during the weekend when she was involved in the crash.

Two boys were killed in the accident: 9-year-old Nicholai and 8-year-old Nehemiah. Their 7-year-old sister, Nina, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Bird was awarded temporary custody of the girl and his son's bodies.

Investigators say Capallia-Eason admitted to having two drinks, two shots and three or four pudding shots before the crash, according to WZZM 13 affiliate WTLV.

"We just want to thank everybody back home for their support -- it's unimaginable, its impossible for us to express our gratitude," said an emotional Bird following the decision.

At least $8,000 has been raised for the family on their GoFundMe page since the tragedy.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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