MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Brittney Wood's 3-year-old daughter, Payton Hamilton, is doing well despite the controversy surrounding her family, according to Hamilton's great-grandparents.
"We try to train her the right way, to do things with her and take her places; and we don't really talk about the situation in front of her," said Maxine Harris.
Harris said her grandson, Andrew Hamilton, is Payton's father and has full custody of the child. She helps raise Payton and told us in 2012 she does her best to protect the child from the details surrounding wood's missing person's case. Brittney has been missing since May 2012.
"Will this ever end? Will they ever find her body?" Harris said.
Harris said Payton does not recognize a lot of family on the Wood side, but she does know her mother.
"When she does see her on TV, she will say, ‘That's my mama.' And I'll say, ‘Well, where is mama?' She'll say, ‘In the TV.' I just tell her, ‘That's okay. We'll be your mama. Papa is here,'" Harris said.
Meanwhile, while Hamilton is spending time with her great-grandparents, her grandma is spending time in Mobile Metro Jail.
Chessie Wood, Brittney Wood's mother, was arrested Thursday, June 28 by the Mobile County Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of sodomy and one count of sex abuse of a child less than 12.
Shortly after Brittney went missing, five Wood family members and one family friend were arrested in a child sex ring investigation in Baldwin County.
Payton's great-grandparents are preparing to one day answer some tough questions.
"For youngin's sake, I wish something would come to a head on it because the youngin's going to ask questions sooner or later. She's going to want to know; somehow we need to try to answer it," said Payton's great-grandfather Dennis Harris.
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