Minn. inmate who killed daughter's mother seeks parental rights

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A Twin Cities man in prison for killing the mother of his daughter wants to keep his parental rights, and has now held up adoption proceedings for the child's grandmother.

Tyler Wicklund is serving a life sentence for slitting the throat of Jessica Buboltz nearly three years ago in their Kasota apartment. She was 20-years-old, reports KEYC-TV. Authorities say their then one-year-old daughter was inside the apartment building when the incident happened.

Buboltz's mother Dawn Buboltz is now raising the girl and wants to adopt her, according to the Associated Press.

WCCO-TV has the story of how Dawn Buboltz, Jessica's mother, fought Wicklund’s mother for two and a half years for full legal custody of Emma. Now, Wicklund himself is holding up the next step. His parental rights were only recently terminated and Tyler has appealed that from prison.

Wicklund’s attorney argues his actions don’t make him an unfit parent and says he wants to remain in her life. according to the AP. WCCO says Wicklund wants the freedom to send Emma letters and talk to her on the phone from behind bars.

A judge is expected to make a decision in September. Wicklund could be eligible for parole in 30 years.

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