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Parents of missing Ky. mom plan to file for full custody of grandson

Crystal's parents Sherry and Tommy Ballard had already filed for grandparents' rights and partially custody of Eli back in August.
Sherry Ballard

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The parents of missing Bardstown mother of five, Crystal Rogers, plan to file for full custody of her 3-year-old son, Eli. The child's father is Brooks Houck who is Rogers' former boyfriend, he has now been named the main suspect in her disappearance.

"That definitely made a big decision on us speeding things up, I want Eli as safe as he possibly can be," Sherry Ballard said. 

Crystal's parents Sherry and Tommy Ballard had already filed for grandparents' rights and partially custody of Eli back in August. They had a hearing Sept. 10, but now more than a month later they are still waiting for a judge to decide. Ballard said today the waiting is a little harder. 

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"Today is Eli's birthday; his third birthday," Ballard said. 

The Ballards are currently caring for Crystal's four other children full-time. Ballard said they have not seen Eli since Crystal vanished on July 3. 

"They haven't seen their brother. There is no sibling rights so they can't do anything about not seeing their brother. They haven't seen him for three months. They lost a mother. They lost a brother too; the kids are having a real hard time with that. I just can't understand why we haven't got to see that baby yet," Ballard said. 

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While she waits for more answers on her daughter's disappearance, Ballard hopes she gets to see her youngest grandchild, soon. 

 "I'd just like to tell Eli happy birthday, that we are thinking of him. We miss him terribly," Ballard said. 

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