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Teen Suing Parents Returns Home

Rachel Canning has reportedly moved back to her parents' Lincoln Park home after four months of living with a friend in Rockaway Twp.

After two weeks under an international spotlight for suing her parents, Lincoln Park’s Rachel Canning has returned home after more than four months.

The 18-year-old Morris Catholic High School senior went home, according to nj.com, and a press conference at her parents’ attorney’s office is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Canning filed suit against her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, seeking more than $600 per week in support while she stayed with a friend in Rockaway Township. That friend just so happened to be the daughter of John Inglesino – the attorney for Parsippany-Troy Hills Township. Inglesino is a former Rockaway Township mayor and former Morris County Freeholder, and bankrolled the legal fees Rachel Canning needed to get the lawsuit moving.

According to nj.com, Angelo Sarno, the attorney representing Elizabeth and Sean Canning, said, “Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations.”

As part of the suit against her parents, Rachel Canning asked for current tuition of more than $5,000 to Morris Catholic, fees for college applications, living and travel expenses, and future tuition payments for whichever college or university she decides to attend.

A judge in Morristown denied the request last week. 

Written testimony in court documents from Rachel Canning, her parents, and Inglesino revealed a nasty course of events in the past year. Canning left her parents’ home in October 2013, two days shy of turning 18. She stayed with her boyfriend Lucas Kitzmiller and his family in Mine Hill for two days before setting up shop at the Inglesino’s for the next four months.

Elizabeth and Sean Canning testified that it was Kitzmiller who was a bad influence on their daughter and that she became involved in and “obsessed” with drinking alcohol and partying on weekends.

An email between the parents and the oldest of their three daughters showed an ultimatum was given: the boyfriend or us. For a few months, it seemed Rachel Canning chose her boyfriend.

Canning is still a student at Morris Catholic High School and is scheduled to graduate this spring. A second court hearing was previously scheduled for April 22. The status of that session is not yet known. 

john March 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM
She wouldn't even be a thought in my mind ever again if that was my kid..let alone ever live in my house again.
Kathy Strack March 16, 2014 at 01:04 AM
Well, wait til we hear the truth of this parents/Rachel relationship; a screaming household, smacking their children? As to the other 2 sisters--how is life for them w/their parents? Many teens have 'issues' w/parents & vice versa. Our society advertises the 'what's in it for me?' attitude; more stuff is what is deserved. We don't hear enough about character building, & morals. Life is thinking & sharing, not stockpiling stuff! Her self-centeredness & seeming love of publicity & lack of respect toward her parents amazes me. She needs to be taught about perspective, patience, learning, helping others. Technically, at 18, she is emancipated; legally raised. I DO hope the boyfriend HAS been eliminated from the scene. Let Rachel finish school in public HS; her folks don't HAVE to keep paying tuition: 1. let her finish at public HS. 2. They don't "owe" her a college education; she can take business courses to gain a job. They could say she could come to live as long as they all go to therapy a LOT. No results? over time? They could practice 'tough love'; change the locks on their house. IF she matures through therapy, maybe she'll see she has been overly materialistic, selfish, &, due to the boyfriend(?), led to make rash decisions w/no regard for her family. . How could she have been so cruel? A life on the front page of a newspaper for all the wrong reasons WILL stick with her for ages! Try to do some GOOD & get that recognized in the news! Mature & do the right thing.
Ron Knox March 16, 2014 at 09:12 AM
good, now go and do the dishes, Rachel !
Chuck Ruff March 16, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Kathy, where exactly does this; “smacking their children” comment come from??? The court doc (linked above) says nothing about Rachel getting hit, and it specifically states that the DCPP investigated and concluded that there was no abuse in the household. As far as the boyfriend goes… why is it that whenever a girl (or woman) goes bad, it is just assumed that the guy in her life is to blame??? Read the complaint; Rachel obviously had issue long before she hooked up with the most recent boyfriend. Young woman will learn nothing if we blame their boyfriends for their actions, rather than teaching them to accept their own responsibility.
Macko D March 17, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Many good points above... but of course in any discussion there are comments that are beyond stupid. Of all the stupid ones, this is tops: "Parents should get their money back from the Catholic School who never taught their daughter to honor thy mother and father." Can anyone be seriously blaming the school for this kid's behaviour?

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