Terri Horman agrees to limited evaluation for parenting time with daughter

Terri Moulton Horman agrees with her estranged husband’s request that an expert should evaluate whether she should have any parenting time with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Kiara, court papers say.

But Horman, who has been a focus of the criminal investigation into the June 2010 disappearance of her stepson, Kyron, would seek limits on such an evaluation, her attorney Peter Bunch wrote in a filing earlier this month in the Hormans’ divorce case.

Police have not provided Terri Horman with information about their investigation, Bunch wrote, and she should not have to answer questions that could affect her constitutional rights.

Still, she supports the idea of reviewing possible ways she could see her daughter, the filing states. Kiara has been living exclusively with her father, Kaine Horman, for the past three years. “Husband took it upon himself to essentially terminate Wife’s primary parental role with Kiara Horman,” the filing states. “Wife anticipates that an evaluation will support her contention that Husband’s actions were not in Kiara’s best interests.”

The filing comes about two weeks after Kaine Horman submitted his request asking the court to order an evaluation that investigates “the character, family relations and past conduct” of the two parents and for a mental health and psychological evaluation of Terri Horman.

“So far she has chosen her privilege against self-incrimination over a relationship with her daughter,” Kaine Horman’s lawyer, Brett Engel, wrote. “It is anticipated she will now seek to establish a relationship with Kiara. The risk of physical and/or emotional harm to Kiara is high.”

Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline Elementary School in June 2010. Terri Horman had brought him to school early that day to attend a science fair. Kyron, a 7-year-old second-grader, never made it back to his regular class but was not reported missing until later that afternoon when he didn’t return home by school bus.

Despite the state’s largest search-and-rescue operation for the missing child, he has not been located. No arrests have been made, but a criminal investigation into his disappearance continues.

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