Ex-wife of murder suspect seeking custody of daughter - FOX 13 News

Ex-wife of murder suspect seeking custody of daughter

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Nearly the moment Tracey Lohoski heard what her ex-husband admitted to, she says she came from Maryland to get her daughter back.

"I miss my daughter, she needs me and I need her," she said today during a press conference.

She hasn't seen or spoken to her since the killing, since her ex-husband Matthew Lohoski allegedly beat his own mother, the girl's grandmother, to death in the other room.

The girl's caretaker is now dead, and her father, who shared custody, is in jail.

A judge placed her with a family friend.

"I want my daughter with me right now. I understand it's a process," Tracey Lohoski said.

DCF says that process, in general, includes looking at a person's past before they award custody, even if it's to a parent.

Though they aren't allowed to say much about the Lohoski situation, they can confirm they've previously investigated Tracey Lohoski.

She was asked about that today.

"I have no idea what they're referring to," she responded.

Court papers show in 2013 the girl's grandmother tried to get full custody of her on grounds Tracey was not keeping up communication or paying child support.

"I have read some of the things that some of you have posted, and I have been in my daughter's life since the day she was born," Lohoski said.

She says that before the murder, she spoke to her daughter every day and visited every other month.

She argued in court last year that because she is enrolled in online classes, she would be able to be an attentive mother.

"I don't see why I wouldn't (get custody of her)," she said. "They have a job to do, and so do I as a mother."

Matthew Lohoski is being held without bond.

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