In a continuing shocking story that's captured national attention, Jennifer Petkov, the Michigan woman who has admitted taunting the family of a 7-year-old girl dying from Huntington's Disease, had her own parental rights stripped after a Wayne County Probate Court judge ruled on an emergency order. Petkov -- who posted disturbing pictures of the dying girl on her Facebook and parked a coffin on the street in front of the girl's home -- is being forced to relinquish custody of her eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son to their father from a previous relationship until further notice.
According to local news reports, the father of Petkov's children filed for the emergency hearing shortly after the story broke.
In response, the community has come together to support the family of 7-year-old Kathleen Edward, the target of Petkov's harassment. The local West Grange Pharmacy in Trenton, Mich., hosted a fundraiser today for Edward's family, donating 20 percent of all toy and gift purchases at the pharmacy Wednesday.
"People (have) been coming in here today all day long leaving checks, leaving donations and literally crying because they were just so moved by what's going on," pharmacy owner Rich Grossman told WJBK, the local Fox affiliate.
"It was actually kind of a surprise for all of us. We ... got a phone call a few days ago saying ... to come down. They're going to do a benefit here, and we didn't know it was going to be this entailed, but it's great. She's been smiling all day," said Robert Edward, Kathleen's father.