There’s been another update in the case of Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old high school cheerleader who is suing her parents. Earlier this week, Opposing Views reported that a judge denied Canning her request for weekly financial support from her estranged parents, as well her request that they pay off her private high school tuition. The judge has yet to make a decision as to whether or not her parents will be forced to pay for her college education, which she is also asking for.
Now, Canning’s father Sean is alleging that family friend and powerful attorney Jon Inglesino, whose home Rachel is currently staying at, has been a terrible influence on the teenager for the last few years. Canning even claims that at 15 years old, his daughter attended a party at the Inglesino house and got so drunk on vodka that, the next day, she “threw up on the sidewalk and in a garbage can.”
“The Inglesino household, according to Rachel in the past, is more lenient. She would often tell us how the Inglesino parents would allow alcoholic parties to be held at their house,” Sean Canning, retired police chief for Lincoln Park, said in his written testimony.
“Rachel was angry because we would not host an alcoholic party. Rachel's first time drinking alcohol was at the Inglesino house, in March of 2011 and on other occasions including their daughter's 15th birthday where they have freely provided alcohol. Rachel came home bragging saying that during the limo ride to NY, Mrs. Inglesino gave all the girls wine coolers to drink. This type of behavior we did not condone.”
Canning’s testimony adds more leverage to he and his wife’s argument that their rebellious daughter left home because she refused to follow their rules. Rachel, on the other hand, claims that her father was abusive and that she was kicked out of her home back in November.
Regardless of whether or not she voluntarily left or was kicked out, Rachel Canning was taken in by the Inglesino family. It was Jon Inglesino, a rich and well-known attorney himself, who encouraged the teen to sue her parents. Inglesino is actually paying the legal fees for Canning.
“Rachel is likeable, communicates exceptionally well and is highly motivated to attend and excel at a college appropriate for her. That is why my wife and I have decided to fund this lawsuit,” said Inglesino. “We know that if Mr. and Mrs. Canning are not required to fulfill their legal obligations as parents, that Rachel’s ability to fulfill her potential will be greatly diminished.”
Sean Canning maintains that he and his wife did nothing wrong and that the Inglesino’s involvement is crossing a line.
“The Inglesino’s, while purporting to help, have actually been a tremendous hindrance in family healing,” said Canning. “The fact that she [Rachel] decided to run away and not abide by household rules is of her own volition and enabled by the Inglesino family who have arrogantly stated that their brand of parenting is somehow superior. The fact the Inglesino family has subsidized a lawsuit, rather than providing responsible guidance in abiding by a parent’s ruled is not an acceptable society norm.”
So far, Rachel Canning seems to be losing the suit against her parents, as a judge has already denied her initial requests, including that her parents give her $650 a week in child support. Now, the latest claims against the Inglesino family involving underage drinking will likely not help the teen’s case at all.