Extraordinary circumstances existed to justify child custody award to non‑parent custodian, including death of the child’s mother, the child’s strong psychological bond with the non‑parent, the child’s special needs in addition to psychological needs resulting from bereavement, and that father withdrew almost completely from the parental role for an extended period before the mother’s death.
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