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Parents of missing Bardstown woman fighting for visitation of her son

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Tommy and Sherry Ballard in a custody hearing Wednesday, they say they haven't seen their grandson since before their daughter disappeared. Tommy and Sherry Ballard in a custody hearing Wednesday, they say they haven't seen their grandson since before their daughter disappeared.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- While the search for missing Bardstown woman Crystal Rogers continues, her parents are asking the courts to help them reunite with another loved one.

Tommy and Sherry Ballard say they haven't seen their grandson since before their daughter disappeared.  

"It's like we lost two people in our family," Sherry Ballard said after a court hearing Wednesday. 

The Ballards are taking care of four of Rogers' children but her youngest child, Eli, is living with his dad, Brooks Houck -- Rogers' long term boyfriend.  

"We'd like to have 50/50 but I mean, we'll take whatever we can get," Tommy Ballard said about custody. 

In court, the judge only set the date for another hearing. But it was the first time Rogers' family members say they've seen Houck since Rogers went missing. 

"He made eye contact with me and I made it contact with him," Tommy Ballard said. "I just want to see my grandson. I'm not worried about nobody except my grandson and my daughter." 

Rogers was last seen on July 3 at Houck's family farm in Nelson County. Her car was later found on the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire. Her purse, phone, keys and diaper bag were still in it. Over the past several weeks, the Ballards have questioned Houck's story and why he hasn't helped them in the search. 

When asked about the custody case, Houck said, "No comment." 

When asked if he had anything to do with Rogers' disappearance, Houck said, "No comment." 

The investigation into Rogers' disappearance is ongoing and there have been no arrests in the case.  

The Ballards say they are focusing their search efforts on Marion County right now and they won't give up on seeing their grandson. 

"We would never say nothing negative to Eli about his daddy," Sherry Ballard said. "That's his daddy." 

The family says they want all five of Rogers' kids to spend time together again as what happened to their mother remains a mystery. 

The families are due back at the Nelson County Courthouse on Sept. 10. 

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