Grandfather Lost Son, Now He Is Fighting for His Grandson

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Madison: A man who lost his son in a triple murder nearly two years ago is now in danger of losing his grandson.

Robert McGuigan looks like any other proud grandfather, showing off pictures of his grandson Isaiah. But Robert fears he's about to lose Isaiah, because he's in foster care in Vernon County and could soon be legally adopted. "The county and the state are moving toward termination of parental rights of the mother."

Robert's son is Jason McGuigan. Jason was killed in June of 2003 in the high profile Verona triple murder. The prime suspect was Meng Ju Wu. Wu committed suicide in jail before he could be brought to trial.

Robert says Meng Ju Wu left two children fatherless that night. "There were two fathers that were killed in that same murder, both of the children by the same mother."

Isaiah's mother was Lessa Meboe. According to Robert, she lost custody of the baby to Jason.

Later, Lessa began dating another of the murder victims–Dustin Wilson–and Dustin met Jason McGuigan while Lessa was visiting her son.
"At the time of the murders she was pregnant with Dustin's child," says Robert.

After the murders Robert says Lessa took Isaiah and moved back to Vernon County to live with her mother. Dustin Wilson Jr. was born in early 2004.
Robert says she lost custody of both boys not much later. Robert says she needed more help in dealing with the situation. "She's been emotionally stressed out by this whole turn of events. I don't think she's really had the proper help in that respect."

The two boys have been living with separate foster families for the last year. Robert says he hoped Lessa could regain custody, but that now seems unlikely. So he feels he has to act.

"I'll be darned if I'm going to lose my grandson. That's all I have left."

Robert says he can support Isaiah, but he doesn't have the money to hire a lawyer to fight for custody.

He's hoping someone will do pro bono work to help him. He says he can be contacted at 608 244 7575

The Director of Child Services in Vernon County could not comment on this case, but he did say it's not uncommon for grandparents to win custody if the parents aren't suitable.

The Grandparents of Dustin Wilson Jr. live in Iowa. They say they plan on fighting to keep their grandson out of foster care as well.

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