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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- An assistant Utah attorney general said she intends to begin proceedings to terminate the parental rights of Heidi Mattingly and John Daniel Kingston.
Attorney Carolyn Nichols made the announcement today during a scheduled review hearing in the protracted child custody case.
She said she plans to file the motion Monday.
However, the new judge hearing the case, Elizabeth Lindsley, said both the parents and children deserve a review hearing on any progress being made in reuniting the children with their mother.
She set that hearing over a three-day period, starting July 18th.
Lindsley is the third judge to hear the case. The original judge, Andrew Valdez, had earlier ruled the children should be returned to their mother.
He recused himself, however, after his son got into an altercation with other Kingston children outside the courthouse. The judge chosen to replace him last week also recused himself because he had earlier prosecuted members of the Kingston clan.
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