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Security standards not mandated for visitation sites
Last Sunday, Menahem "Muni" Savyon shot and killed his 9-year-old son and then committed suicide during a supervised visit at the YWCA's visitation center in Manchester. The child's mother had gotten a restraining order against Savyon in 2012, and he was allowed only supervised visits with his son, Joshua.
"Where there's a situation where someone raises a question of danger to the child, as happened in this case, the options are expanded to consider supervised visitation centers, if you're lucky enough to be in an area where they have one," he said.
"That goes beyond anything that the court would do," he said. "If the issue of dangerousness was raised to such a level that someone felt there was that level of concern, it would be more likely the court would order no visitation."
At Merrimack County Visitation Center, which has locations in Concord, Franklin, Henniker and Pittsfield, parents pay $20 an hour for supervised visits, $10 an hour for "semi-supervised" visits and $5 to exchange children there, according to its website.
The YWCA in Manchester did not respond to a reporter's questions Friday about what security measures were in place during Savyon's visit with his son last week.
Darling said her center is reviewing its security policies because of last Sunday's tragedy in Manchester. "Because I think that no matter how safe of a service you're providing, there's always room for improvement.
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