Due to his failure to appear for a court hearing, Gunplay has officially lost custody of his newborn daughter.
This past August, there was a domestic dispute reported between Gunplay, real name Richard Morales Jr., and his wife, Vonshae Taylor-Morales. Vonshae reported that Gunplay pointed a gun at her after she asked him to quiet down while playing video games, despite her holding their newborn child at the time. Vonshae also claimed that Gunplay choked their daughter during the domestic dispute. After Gunplay was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, imprisonment and child abuse, his wife got a restraining order against him and filed for divorce.
After the dispute, Vonshae described the situation in detail on her Instagram account. She explained to her followers that “Unfortunately, Richard is back using and developed a very bad drinking problem. I’ve tried everything in my power to help him and love him. I have a restraining order, my daughter is in my custody and I am filing for divorce. . . He will never get the chance to disrespect us again.”
Since the initial dispute, Gunplay has missed 3 court appearances regarding the restraining order. If he misses the fourth, he could be kept from seeing his daughter entirely until she becomes 18.
After missing Monday’s court hearing, the judge ruled that Vonshae Taylor-Morales will keep custody of their seven-month-old daughter, Osanna. Gunplay will only be able to see his daughter through a virtual app, TalkingParents. The interactions are limited to recorded videos, phone calls and messages, all of which must be scheduled and monitored by the court. Vonshae has requested child support, the amount of which will be ruled on at a later court date.
Unfortunately, Vonshae has still not been successful in her attempts to divorce Gunplay due to Florida laws. She told her followers: “I filed for divorce. He would not sign divorce papers. So, I’m stuck. Unfortunately in the state of Florida, I cannot divorce him without his permission. Unless he goes to jail convicted or he’s a mental institution patient. I love him. That’s my best friend. But unfortunately, sometimes you have to let the person you love go so he can find himself. And I want him to find himself and get help. We do have a child together so it is what it is. I’m not an evil bitch. We’re not fighting. Yeah, no. We all know he has issues. He needs help. He’s going to get the help he needs. And we will co-parent. That’s all we want to do.”