Filed at 7:00 a.m. EDT July 31, 1998
Filed at 5:26 a.m. EST
By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The maternal grandparents of a 3-year-old girl who was switched
at birth are seeking sole custody in a bid to deny visitation to the child's biological mother, relatives say.
The custody petition filed in juvenile court involves Rebecca Grace Chittum, who was taken home from the University of
Virginia Medical Center and raised by Kevin Chittum and Whitney Rogers.
Two of Chittum's sisters, Roxane Cullen and Pamela Miskovsky, said Wednesday that the petition was filed this week by Tommy
and Linda Rogers, the divorced parents of Ms. Rogers who now help raise Rebecca.
Photos from the Virginia Switched Babies Case
Tests have determined that Rebecca is actually the biological daughter of Paula Johnson, who
gave birth about the same time as Ms. Rogers. Ms. Johnson returned from the hospital with Callie Conley and raised the infant
as her child.
DNA testing has revealed that Callie's biological parents are Rogers and Chittum. The couple died in a July 4 car wreck
shortly before their families learned of the switch in June 1995.
The switch was discovered in blood tests ordered for a child-support case brought by Ms. Johnson. Since then, the families
involved have met, and the two girls have played together.
Both families have said they want Callie and Rebecca to stay with the families who raised them, and each suggested liberal
visitation rights for both sides.
But Ms. Cullen said in today's Daily Progress that she believes the Rogerses want sole custody "to block any visitation
with Paula Johnson." She said the relationship among the families has deteriorated.
Other family members could not be reached for comment by the paper.
Police and state health investigators are investigating how the baby switch happened. The hospital has since added new