WORCESTER, MA (WSFA) - Leslie Schuler, the man accused of beating his 7-year-old son into a coma on Father's Day, had begged a judge for visitation rights to the boy.
Relatives say his grandmother was told Schuler had an order giving him custody of Nathaniel for the summer. So, the Eufaula Primary School student was sent north to Massachusetts to fulfill the court order.
The shocking revelation: A judge never ruled on Schuler's request and court officials have no record of a custody order ever being issued.
The boy, Nathaniel Turner, is now in a coma and legally brain dead. He remains on life-support in a Massachusetts hospital as doctors await his mother's word on whether or not to take him off the machines.
The Turner family released a statement Thursday to WSFA 12 News: "We want to express our thanks for the outpouring of support and love we have received during this terrible time. Many people knew and loved Nathaniel, and we know that they grieve with us."
Even though the boy is still on life-support the district attorney over the case has moved ahead with legal proceedings. Schuler's charges have been upgraded from assault and battery to homicide.
WSFA 12 News will continue to follow this story for the latest developments.