STAMFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — The sister of the woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police following a car chase is looking to get custody of her sister’s 1-year-old daughter.
According to the Stamford Advocate, Valarie Carey, sister of 34-year-old Miriam Carey, filed in a Stamford court Thursday an ex parte application to get temporary custody of 14-month-old Erica Francis. The little girl is currently staying with her father Eric Francis, who is estranged from the Carey family.
“The alleged father has not been present in Erica Francis’ life physically for the past two months nor has he provided financial support. The respondent Eric Francis has not disclosed his home address to the Carey family,” a statement made by Valarie Carey in the court file said, according to the Stamford Advocate. “The respondent is interfering with the established relationship Eric Francis has with her maternal grandmother and aunts in Brooklyn, New York.”
Police found no weapon or apparent evidence of motive while searching Miriam Carey’s car, the woman who was fatally shot by police after trying to ram her vehicle through a White House barrier, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.
Search warrant results show police who inspected a lockbox inside Carey’s black Infiniti found a passport, a plastic bag containing various foreign currency, a driver’s license and social security cards for her and her daughter. Other items include keys, hospital discharge documents, a lease agreement for a New York City apartment and an uncashed check for Carey for nearly $1,800.
Unspecified photographs, projectiles and a “fragment from vehicle” were also found in the car, according to the documents, which don’t reveal the significance of any of the belongings or shed light on why the woman showed up outside the White House with her 1-year-old daughter in the car last week.
Carey was shot after a high-speed police chase Thursday that authorities say began after she tried to drive through a White House barricade and was then pursued toward the U.S. Capitol. Authorities say Carey struck a Secret Service agent with her car at the White House and at one point reversed her vehicle into a police car. Her daughter was inside the vehicle but was not hurt.
Officers from both the Capitol Police and Secret Service fired at the car, police said. Internal affairs investigators from the District of Columbia police department are currently investigating whether the deadly force was appropriate, a standard review for officer-involved shootings.
Carey’s sisters have said their sister did not deserve to die and have suggested she was afraid and fleeing danger. A federal law enforcement official has said that Carey’s mental health deteriorated in the last year and that she had delusions President Barack Obama was in contact with her, but her sisters have challenged officials’ descriptions of her mental state.
A search warrant application shows police thought the lockbox might hold maps, drugs, documents pertaining to the White House, weapons and ammunition or “fruits of other crimes.” But none of that was found inside the box, according to the search warrant results.
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