Now, my husband's brother is potentially facing 18 years in prison. He has a little boy. I think he is 7 now. His mom has never been in his life. She has no rights to him. If my husband's brother is sentenced to prison for the long term, we are considering petitioning for custody. There are other family members, but they already struggle so much. At least with us, he would have his needs met, some stability, and he would fit right in.
Poor guy. :(