Special Reports

Crystal Brame's status upgraded

Crystal Brame's condition was upgraded from critical to serious Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center, three days after Tacoma Police Chief David Brame shot her in the head and then killed himself.

The improvement came the same day that her parents, Lane and Patty Judson, filed a petition in Pierce County Superior Court requesting temporary custody of their grandchildren.

The children, Haley, 8, and David Jr., 5, were living with their grandparents at the time of the shooting. Crystal Brame moved into their Gig Harbor house Feb. 24, along with the children, after filing for divorce from David Brame, court documents state.

They have remained in the Judsons' care since the shooting.

Crystal Brame's sister, Julie Ahrens, is named in the documents as Crystal's "attorney in fact," and she joined in the petition.

Details about Crystal Brame's condition, including a long-term prognosis, were unavailable. A Harborview spokeswoman said the hospital has permission to release only a one-word description of Crystal Brame's condition.