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NJ teen who sued parents gets restraining order against boyfriend

Rachel Canning, far left, and her parents, far right, during a court hearing earlier this year. CBS News

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Rachel Canning, a New Jersey teen who previously made headlines when she sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home, was back in court Wednesday. This time, she was able to obtain a restraining order against her boyfriend, reports the Star-Ledger.

Canning, 18, of Lincoln Park, obtained the temporary restraining order against her boyfriend, 18-year-old Lucas Kitzmiller, according to the paper.

The Daily Record reports Canning's father says his daughter alleges she was choked by Kitzmiller during a dispute Sunday in Mine Hill.

Kitzmiller also reportedly obtained a temporary restraining order against Canning on Wednesday.

Rachel Canning, a high school honor student, first made the news after she moved out of her parents' home on Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18, and later filed a lawsuit against them seeking child support, private school tuition and payment of her college tuition.

She argued in the lawsuit that her parents were abuse, contributed to an eating disorder she developed and pushed her to get a basketball scholarship.

Her parents, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning and his wife, Elizabeth, disputed those claims, saying in court filings that their daughter voluntarily left home because she didn't want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing a few chores and ending a relationship with Kitzmiller, who her parents said was a bad influence.

After moving out of her parents' home, Canning moved in with the family of her best friend. The friend's father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, was paying for the teen's lawsuit against her parents.

In March, Canning dropped the suit against her parents and moved back in with them.

The teen is set to begin college at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. in the fall, reports the Star-Ledger.

  • Crimesider Staff

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