Erdman and Lawrence, never married, used the parking lots around Birmingham Crossroads in Milton to exchange custody of their children. Erdman is a resident of Cumming while Lawrence lived in Canton, though they lived together in Forsyth County.
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The exchange was supposed to take place at the parking lot of a nearby Publix instead. However, in violation of an April 1 temporary consent order, Erdman requested the location to be changed to the more hidden Wells Fargo parking lot. According to Lawrence's lawyer McLaughin, Erdman also refused paying child-support to Lawrence and did not abide by the requirement of visiting Lawrence's children only when the grandparents are present with him.