Murdered Kinston Woman's Father Files For Custody Of Grandsons

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The father of a Kinston woman whose dismembered body was found in Texas says he has filed for custody of his two grandsons.

WRAL reports Rodger Ackerson said the two children need to be protected and taken care of. The boys are now in the care of the mother of the man accused of killing and dismembering 27-year-old Laura Ackerson.

Authorities have charged 32-year-old Grant Hayes and 39-year-old Amanda Hayes of Raleigh in the death of Ackerson, who was the mother of Grant Hayes' children.

Ackerson's body was positively identified last month from remains found in a creek in Fort Bend County, Texas. Investigators said they believe Ackerson was slain in North Carolina before her killers hauled her dismembered body in coolers to Texas for disposal.


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  • by david Location: jurgens on Aug 2, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    I do no know what to say, I knew Amanda Perry for along time(I lived on St. John for 10 years) she worked at a very popular bar called the Beach Bar. I remeber when Grant moved to St. John, we became friends quickly as he moved there to be with a friend of mine named Kristen. Shortly after though another woman(Laura) showed up on St. John and she turned out to be his wife which was pregnant at the time with thier second child. Laura was such a sweetheart. She was a trooper, she kept her head up and stood by Grant despite the entire island gossiping about Grant's infedelity and drug use. I would have never imagined that one day I would see Amanda and Grant together, and then see that Amanda was foolish enough to be involved with this man and this situation. Grant always came off to me as dishonest and a hustler(but never thought capable of something like this) I am very sad that such a man has darkened my life with his presence, but I keep in mind the good times that I and others on St. John shared with Laura.
  • by Anonymous2 on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    In hoping Laura's Father gets custody of the boys... be careful what you wish for...
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    I agree with "just saying" those children probably only know the grandmother, why take them from her, they already lost both parents and I'm sure they know there mom's father, but probably not as well as their father's mother, i think the boys should stay with grandma and there grandfather should have visitation as much as he wants. i don't think they should be taken from someone that they always known
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    I feel it wrong to attribute Grant's actions and his wife's solely to his parents. While I feel that the maternal grandparents should have custody of the children, you must realize that the maternal grandparents had never really been there for the children the way the paternal ones were. Are there any motives behind taking the kids. Also what will happen to the child of Grant and his wife? Poor baby is just a few months old, but let's not throw him to the lions just b/c two murderer's are the parents which is the tone that many are giving off if they assert that parents are completely responsible for actions of their children.
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      by Barbara on Aug 2, 2011 at 03:55 AM in reply to
      I mostly agree with you, Anonymous. I think that Ms. Ackerson's family should probably have custody of her two children, while Grant Hayes' family should retain custody of his child with Amanda Hayes. Parents are most certainly NOT completely responsible for the actions of their children. Every one has free will and they are responsible for their own actions, regardless of their upbringing. As an aside, I have seen the video where Grant Hayes' mother was interviewed prior to Ms. Ackerson being found murdered. I thought her behavior and comments were a little odd during the interview. I won't go so far as to say that I believe that she knew anything about Ms. Ackerson's death, but I think that she may have had some questions in her own mind about whether or not her son was involved with Ms. Ackerson's disappearance. She seemed on edge and defensive during the interview to me.
  • by Just sayin on Aug 1, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    I believe both set of grandparents should have custody wether its joint or what!! She raised her son the best way she could,the route he chose after that she should not be the blame for at all!! No I dont think he should be able to visit the boys but lets not punish grandma!! Their mother is already gone,they dont need anyone else taken away from them!!
  • by Sandra Location: Millennium, NC on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    She raised one with issues! Why should she get the opportunity to raise two more?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 07:06 PM in reply to Sandra
      serious issues
  • by Ann Location: Kinston on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    Let's pray that the judicial system gets it right THIS time and gives this man custody of his grandbabies. The Lenoir County system sure dropped the ball when they gave Grant custody. Grant's parents have already raised one murderer-- they don't deserve Laura's babies!
  • by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Need to make sure the father never gets any visitation of the children. Let the maternal family have the children to help make sure this happens.
  • by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    Need to make sure he does not get any visitaion of the kids. He forfeitted that
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    That is the right thing to do and hopefully Grant's parents will hand them over as they should without causing more problems! Good Grandfather.
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