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August 18, 2013

Shooting raises questions about visitation centers

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The supervised visitation center where a man shot to death his 9-year-old son before turning the gun on himself is not subject to state laws or regulations — a fact the boy’s mother would like to change in his memory.

Menahem Savyon followed through on a threat he’d made 16 months earlier to shoot either the boy’s mother — Becky Ranes — or their son, Joshua, and himself.

During a supervised visit at the YWCA in Manchester on Aug. 11, the 54-year-old Savyon shot his son to death and then turned the gun on himself. Ranes arrived to a crime scene and the reality of what she had feared for more than a year.

Ranes’ lawyer, David Bailinson, said his client wants legislation passed that would require an immediate search of the premises and vehicle of any person who uses or threatens the use of deadly force once a judge issues an emergency restraining order.

“Being able to search immediately, before they have a chance to hide the weapon, would be critical to insure something like this would never happen again,” Bailinson. “Becky and her family so much want something positive to come out of this nightmare.”

He said he and Ranes will also lobby to have the state’s handful of supervised visitation centers be regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services and be required to use metal detectors. He said she felt “betrayed” by the YWCA’s failure to use the metal detector on Savyon.

YWCA Manchester President Monica Zulauf did not return several calls for comment, nor did Savyon’s lawyer, Catharine Shanelaris.

How, when and where Savyon got the gun remain under investigation. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, head of the criminal bureau, said she expects the investigation will take weeks.

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