The world was shocked earlier this week to see photos of a four-year-old boy in the backseat of an SUV, with two adults passed out in the front.
The photos were taken by police in East Liverpool, Ohio, after an officer noticed the car driving erratically and then drifting to a stop.
The couple in the front, who had injected heroin, were identified as Rhonda Pasek and James Acord.
Now the full story behind the images has emerged.
Pasek and Acord are not the boy’s parents. Pasek is the boy’s grandmother. She was granted custody of him just six weeks earlier.
The boy’s mother is Reva McCullough. The Daily Mail tracked her down, reporting she was “a stripper who admits she smoked crack”.
McCullough was distressed to see the photos of her son.
“I bawled for four days straight,” she said. “I want my boy back.”
The boy with his grandmother and her boyfriend. Image via Facebook/City of East Liverpool, Ohio.
The little boy has been the subject of custody battles almost from the time he was born.
McCullough's grandparents, Dick and Barbara McCullough, told a court their granddaughter was using drugs, specifically crack.
They claimed the boy's father, Devon Pasek, was involved in narcotics trafficking, although he's never been charged. They won full custody of the baby, despite being in their eighties.
But as they got older, the McCulloughs found they weren't physically capable of looking after their great-grandchild. They wanted their daughter and her husband, Lori and Terry Lane, to take him, but Rhonda Pasek fought for custody, and eventually won.
After Pasek was arrested, following the SUV incident, a judge ordered the boy should live with a 60-year-old neighbour, Gene Kuhn.
Kuhn immediately bought him two pairs of shoes and a puppy, and enrolled him in school. But the boy had just a couple of days with Kuhn before being taken to live with the Lanes, who have now been granted custody of him.