A mother who wanted to bring her terminally ill 3-year-old daughter home to die got a judge's order granting her custody and read it aloud in the child's hospital room.
But little Candice Dutchak never made it home. She died five minutes later."It was almost like she was waiting for me to hand that order to her parents," said Sara Rahdert, an attorney who helped Cheryl Dutchak win back her daughter from state custody. "I know that sounds strange, but that was what it was like,"
Dutchak spent nearly a year fighting to bring Candice home to die. A judge signed the order Monday in Clearwater and Rahdert rushed it to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, about 25 miles away. Candice suffered health problems caused by a loss of amniotic fluid during her mother's pregnancy.