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State District Judge Mike Schneider agreed with a Child Protective Services recommendation that 8-year-old Miguel Morin should remain in the state’s care at least until a May 16 hearing. The judge also signed off on a child-services recommendation that Miguel and his parents, Auboni Champion-Morin and Fernando Morin, undergo therapy separately to see when the boy might be ready for a reunion.

The parents, who live in Houston and are both 29. They have four other children, ages 7 to 14, who are living with another couple under an agreement between the two couples. Child welfare officials can’t discuss the reasons the children aren’t living with their parents owing to confidentiality issues.


Debris blamed for deadly Marine chopper crash

CAMP PENDLETON An internal investigation says a deadly Marine helicopter crash in Southern California last year was likely caused by debris that hit the tail rotor, along with a design flaw and pilot error.

A San Diego newspaper obtained documents on the investigation into the July crash at Camp Pendleton that killed one Marine and injured five others.

The Marines found that debris such as a stray bolt damaged the tail rotor and the chopper’s drive train was destroyed, causing a loss of tail-rotor thrust. The pilot aggravated the situation by trying to move forward instead of reducing the throttle.

The investigation says that was a training problem and that no administration action was recommended against the crew. It says the helicopter lacked protective barriers that might have prevented the debris damage.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports