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Deployed sailor facing contempt of court

Bremerton, W.A. Matthew Hindes, a Navy submariner, has been ordered to appear in court for a custody case Monday or face contempt.

The only problem is that he is currently out to sea.

Hindes and his ex-wife Angela are in court fighting for custody of their daughter, 6-year-old Kaylee, who has been in the care of Hindes current wife, Benita-Lynn Hindes.

Circuit court judge Margaret Noe in Michigan has denied Hines the protection of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which says that a court must grant a minimum of 90 day stay in proceedings if the defendant is in military service.

The judge has said that Kaylee must be in custody of her mother if she is not in the care of her father.

According to Hindes, Kaylee was taken from her mother 4 years ago because of neglect.

Hindes wife, Benita-Lynn, is flying back to Michigan with Kaylee in order to appear in court, which may result in the mother getting temporary custody of Kaylee.

Military lawyers are now getting involved in the case while Hindes is deployed.

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Washington Times