Oct 24, 2015

Family court hearing held for children from Word of Life church

October 23, 2015


An Oneida County Family Court hearing was held Friday regarding several children who were removed from Word of Life Christian Church in Chadwicks last week and placed with Child Protective Services after police searched the building.

Six members of the church were arrested after Lucas Leonard, 19, and his brother Christopher Leonard, 17, were allegedly beaten inside the building over the course of more than 12 hours starting Sunday, Oct. 18. Lucas Leonard later died of his injuries.

Friday's Family Court proceedings were closed to the media, and attorney Devin Garramone, who is representing defendant Deborah Leonard in the beating case, said he was not at liberty to say much about the proceedings.

He did say, however, that the court is arranging placement for the children.

The next Family Court appearance will be on Thursday, Nov. 19.


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