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Monday January 11 3:45 PM ET Pagan Mother Battles for Custody

Pagan Mother Battles for Custody

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By WOODY BAIRD Associated Press Writer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A woman started a battle for custody of her 3-year-old granddaughter after the girl's mother went on MTV and admitted she has two ``husbands'' and is thinking of making it a sexual foursome.

April Divilbiss, who is married to one of the men she lives with and has sex with both, is expected in court Tuesday in a case she says is an attempt to deny her freedom of religion. She described herself as a pagan.

``The government feels they have the right to impose their own morality on us,'' the 21-year-old mother said. ``We practice Wicca and within our religion this is a very moral situation. It's a highly thought of way to raise children.''

The case wound up in court after Mrs. Divilbiss appeared on the MTV show ``Sex in the `90s: It's a Group Thing'' in November. On the show, Mrs. Divilbiss said she was thinking about bringing another woman into the relationship because having sex with two men was tiring her out.

``I felt like, well, if there's another female around, she could help me with that,'' she said.

That was enough for Donna Olswing and her husband, Gordon, the parents of the man who fathered Mrs. Divilbiss' 3-year-old daughter. They filed for emergency custody were granted it while the state investigates.

Mrs. Olswing said she believes the household is ``immoral'' and ``depraved.''

William Monroe, Mrs. Olswing's lawyer, said the grandmother is trying to protect the child. ``Raising a 3-year-old girl in a household where the child sees her mother sleeping with two men is abusive and injurious to her health,'' Monroe said.

Mrs. Divilbiss said she and her legal husband, Shane Divilbiss, 24, brought Chris Littrell, 22, into their relationship shortly after their marriage two years ago.

``They both loved me,'' she said. ``They didn't want to lose their friendship over a woman so they decided to pretty much both act as a husband toward me.''


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