Children of Murdered Officer Separated Temporarily

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(Memphis) Probate Court Judge Robert Benham approved a temporary custody agreement for the four daughters of  Memphis Police officer Martoiya Lang who was shot and killed while on-duty last December.

The agreement will put the girls in three separate homes.

“The two youngest children Naia and Xaria will reside with the maternal grandmother, Dariyn Lang will reside with the paternal uncle, who is a brother of Mr. Darius Lang. And Taylour Lang will remain with her father,” said court appointed Guardian Ad Litem Florida Henderson in court Monday.

Judge Benham signed the order making only a few minor changes.

The order also required both Martoiya Lang’s estranged husband Darius Lang and her mother Vivian Woods Taylor to undergo a psychological exam.

“All of this is temporary until which time we get the results and recommendations from the psychological evaluations,” said Henderson.

Both parties are due back in court in three weeks.

“We feel that it is very important that visitation occur with the parties. That would include the children visiting with each other, with the father and with the maternal grandmother,” added Henderson.

Judge Benham also asked Darius Lang to pay nearly $11,000 in back child support in the next 24 hours.

Benham said if the money is not paid, he will remove Lang as guardian of the estate.

Judge Benham also appointed Judy Self as Guardian Ad Litem of the Estate.

She will appear in court next month to make her recommendations.

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