AUGUSTA – The family of Waterville domestic violence homicide victim Melissa Sousa says they are still fighting to get custody of her children.
Sousa, 29, was last seen getting her twin 8-year-old daughters on the school bus early on Oct. 24. Her body was found in her basement the following day with two bullet holes in her stomach. Nicholas Lovejoy, 28, her longtime boyfriend, was charged with her murder.
“She’s trying to get Melissa’s girls home and it’s just been a struggle,” Sousa’s aunt, April Sibert, said Monday after Lovejoy’s arraignment.
“The girls want to come home to Nana and she’s fighting and fighting. It’s very stressful. We just want it all to come to an end and be able to move onto the next stage in life. The girls need to come home,” she said.
Sibert said the girls are in foster care with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, and the family is looking for a lawyer to help them through the Child Protective Services system.