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Child's name will be 'Messiah' after all

2013 NPT PHOTO BY NELSON MORAIS
TV news crews from Knoxville interview, from right, Kristi Davis, an attorney representing
the child "Messiah"'s mother, Jaleesa Martin; Martin; and the child's father, Jawann
McCullough, following a court rehearing decision in their favor, in the lobby of the
Courthouse, on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Published: 8:05 AM, 09/19/2013 Last updated: 8:06 AM, 09/19/2013
 

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Jaleesa Martin will be able to name her eight-month-old baby "Messiah DeShawn McCullough", after all, Chancellor Judge Telford E. Forgety Jr. ruled in appeal hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Martin, the mother of the baby, appealed a court's decision after a magistrate, Lu Ann Ballew, earlier this year ruled his name be "Martin DeShawn McCullough".

4th Judicial District Child Support Magistrate Ballew, in making her decision to change the baby's first name from "Messiah" to the mother's last name, "Martin", said, "The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ."

For more details, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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