Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Changing Face of Parental Alienation Syndrome

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Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a term first introduced by Dr. Richard Gardner in 1985 to describe a new form of psychiatric disorder, rarely seen, culminating in the emotional abuse of children. It combined the programming ("brainwashing") of a child or children by one parent in an attempt to denigrate the other (usually non-custodial) parent with the self-created contributions made by the child to support the alienating parent. Gardner defined parental alienation syndrome this way: The parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child's campaign of denigration against the parent, a campaign that has no justification. It results from the combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent's indoctrinations and the child's own contributions to the vilification of the target parent. When true parental abuse and/or neglect is present the child's animosity may be justified, and so the parental alienation syndrome diagnosis is not applicable.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Amy Baker Pleads Not Guilty

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Jul 27, 2007. A Mason County Grand Jury has indicted Amy Baker and David Carroll on one count of tampering with physical evidence. If convicted, they could face one to five years in prison. Baker is accused of helping David Carroll to get rid of the burned remains of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel, by throwing them off of a Kentucky bridge."

Mother Questioned After Infant's Body Found At Waste Facility

Mother Questioned After Infant's Body Found At Waste Facility - News - MSNBC.com:

theKCRAchannel.com.10:10 a.m. PDT July 24, 2007

ROSEVILLE, Calif. - Police are questioning a mother after her newborn infant's body was found Monday in waste facility in Placer County, police said Tuesday. The body was found at the Nortec Waste facility on Fiddyment Road. Authorities said the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Plane Assault

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Plane Assault - washingtonpost.com:

The Associated Press. Friday, July 27, 2007; 1:03 AM

DENVER -- An airline passenger accused of hitting her children and threatening a flight attendant on a San Francisco-to-Denver flight pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Tamera Jo Freeman, 38, has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of interfering with a flight attendant. She was arrested July 16 when her Frontier Airlines flight landed in Denver.

Federal Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer ordered Freeman to remain in jail, citing a lack of local ties to ensure she would show up for trial. He also cited medical issues but did not elaborate.

Numerous tips lead to arrest in Ontario killing

globeandmail.com: Numerous tips lead to arrest in Ontario killing:

Numerous tips lead to arrest in Ontario killing. Man considered a missing person until two fishermen found his body

UNNATI GANDHI

From Friday's Globe and Mail

July 27, 2007 at 7:54 AM EDT

The mysterious disappearance of a man named Jeffrey Mason last year had nearly everyone in a Northern Ontario town talking. The 37-year-old welder's home and car had been found burned and gutted - his loyal dog's remains inside - and, for months, there hadn't been a trace of Mr. Mason anywhere.

But the mystery is no more: The body of Mr. Mason, from Dowling, Ont., near Sudbury, was discovered in a nearby river last month, and this week an arrest was made in his death.

Two couples fishing on the Vermillion River on June 7, just kilometres from Mr. Mason's home, caught sight of something that had floated up from the 120-foot-deep river.

"Two of the people went out and retrieved what was floating and it was actually Jeffrey," said Sudbury police Staff Sergeant Sheilah Weber, adding that Mr. Mason was found fully clothed, with a light-coloured cloth wrapped around him. He had died of blunt-force trauma.

Then on Wednesday, Sudbury resident Nicholas Aaron Martin, 18, was charged with first-degree murder in Mr. Mason's death. Mr. Martin appeared in court yesterday and has been remanded into custody until Tuesday.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Miss. Baby Found; Biological Mom in Jail

Miss. Baby Found; Biological Mom in Jail - Forbes.com:

Miss. Baby Found; Biological Mom in Jail
By CHRIS TALBOTT 07.22.07, 6:15 PM ET

JACKSON, Miss. -An adopted 5-month-old girl allegedly taken at gunpoint by her biological mother (Jamie Keifer) in rural Mississippi was found safe Sunday at a military-base apartment three states away.

A Child's Right to a Father and Mother

A Child's Right to a Father and Mother by Phyllis Schlafly:

July 25, 2007 02:00 PM EST

Debates about same-sex marriage and gay adoptions always include the argument that a child has the right to both a father and a mother. If that is true, why is a child usually deprived of that right when heterosexual couples divorce?

It would seem that maintaining the father's love and authority would be crucial when a child's life is turned upside down by divorce. Yet, family courts routinely deprive children of one of their parents, usually the father, restricting his time with his child to about six days a month."

Third man charged in shooting of 11-year-old

globeandmail.com: Third man charged in shooting of 11-year-old:

Third man charged in shooting of 11-year-old
Police say alleged Five Point Generalz gang member was at party when he was supposed to have been under house arrest

OMAR EL AKKAD

From Thursday's Globe and Mail

July 26, 2007 at 3:32 AM EDT

Police have made another arrest in connection to an alleged rival gang shootout that claimed the life of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown.

Sheldon Gladstone Evans, 22, of Toronto, was arrested yesterday by the Toronto police guns and gangs task force. He is charged with failure to comply with recognizance. Police allege Mr. Evans was present at a Sheppard Avenue birthday party early Sunday where a shootout between rival gangs broke out. Ephraim was killed when he was caught in the crossfire. After the shootout, investigators say, Mr. Evans fled the scene.

Sentenced

Wednesday July 25, 2007 8:16 PM

By ALLISON HOFFMAN

Associated Press Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former children's hospital respiratory therapist was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years and 8 months in prison for molesting five disabled children and taking pornographic photographs of others in a crime several of the victims' families described as their worst nightmares.

``I just want you to know it doesn't matter what you say or how many years you spend in jail - it's not going to be enough,'' parent Lillian Godfrey told Wayne Albert Bleyle at his sentencing hearing. ``I don't think you have a soul. You're just an empty human shell.''

Bleyle, who told investigators he molested as many as half the children he treated in his 10 years working in the convalescent ward at Rady Children's Hospital, did not turn to look as a succession of weeping parents and family members spoke from the public gallery just behind him. Instead, he stared straight ahead or cast his eyes down at the table in front of him.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

"Mother accused of flight from hell will stay in jail

Rocky Mountain News - Denver and Colorado's reliable source for breaking news, sports and entertainment: Local:

A mother accused of cursing at and beating her young children and hurling a drink at a flight attendant on a Frontier Airlines flight appeared in federal court this afternoon and was ordered held until July 26.

Tamera Jo Freeman, 38, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, was arrested Monday after Flight 108 from San Francisco landed at Denver International Airport. She is charged with assaulting her children and interfering with a flight crew, according to federal court documents.

Man gets 18 months for shaking baby

TheStar.com - News - Man gets 18 months for shaking baby:

"Man gets 18 months for shaking baby

On phone with spouse, he was trying to silence his girlfriend's child

Jul 21, 2007 04:30 AM
Peter Small Courts Bureau

A 32-year-old construction worker who violently shook his girlfriend's 7-month-old daughter to keep her quiet and conceal her existence from his spouse has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

'This was a single incident of loss of control,' Superior Court Justice Janet Wilson said yesterday. 'There is no pattern of abuse.'

Shayne Donnelly, 32, shook Adriana Kourtidis while they were parked in a van at East Toronto's Golden Mile Plaza on March 3, 2005, waiting for her mother to return from shopping."

Friday, July 20, 2007

Infanticide in Canada - mothers who kill their babies

Infanticide in Canada - mothers who kill their babies:

"2003 Child murder statistics

There were 33 homicides committed against children under the age of 12 in 2003, the lowest number in over 25 years. Of these victims, 14 (or 42%) were under one year of age.

Of the 27 solved homicides against children, 23 were killed by a parent: 9 by a father, 4 by a step-father, 10 by a mother and 1 by a step-mother (in one incident, both parents were accused). In addition, 2 children were killed by their day-care provider and 2 by a stranger.

Considering Canada's population of 33 million people, there are, thankfully, very few children murdered."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Problems relating to interference of parenting

Problems relating to interference of parenting:

"Interference of parenting is child abuse!

The Family Justice Review Committee believes in a number of basic principles when it comes to the issue of interference of parenting. Some of these principles are:

* That parents who interfere with a child's parenting time with another parent are indeed perpetrating a form of emotional abuse and that interference in a parent-child bond may not only produce lifelong alienation from a loving parent, but lifelong psychiatric disturbance in the child. A parent who interferes with access is bringing about a disruption of a psychological bond that could, in the vast majority of cases, prove of great value to the child, regardless of the relationship between the parents.

* Parents who interfere with access are failing to act in the best interests of their own child and are in fact failing in their duties as parents.

* That the courts must give serious consideration to interference of parenting when deciding the custodial status of the parent."

Court Deals Birth Mother Blow in Fight for Adopted Twins

Court Deals Birth Mother Blow in Fight for Adopted Twins :: WRAL.com:

Jul. 16, 2007

Raleigh — A Florida appellate court has upheld a decision to terminate the parental rights of a woman charged with kidnapping her twins from their adoptive parents last December.

Allison Lee Quets, 49, has been indicted on two counts of international parental kidnapping after her twins, who were 17 months old at the time, weren't returned to their adoptive parents in Apex after a routine weekend visit. Quets was arrested a week later in Ottawa, Ontario, and the children were returned to the Apex couple."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Brainwashing in Custody Cases: The Parental Alienation Syndrome

Brainwashing in Custody Cases: The Parental Alienation Syndrome by Kenneth Byrne:

"Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences that most people in our culture will experience in a lifetime. It is often accompanied by strong feelings of bitterness, betrayal, anger and distrust of the former partner. Each party often feels that they are 'right' in many of their views on issues about which the couple disagree. When they have children the picture becomes infinitely more complicated. Among many other reactions, there is often a tendency for each partner to want the support or agreement of the child (or children) on critical issues. The more difficulty and intensity of negative feeling between the two adults, the more likely is this to be the case.

In some cases, the desire to have the agreement of the child can become strong enough to verge into brainwashing. By brainwashing I mean an effort on one parent's part to get the child to give up his or her own positive perceptions of the other parent and change them to agree with negative views of the influencing parent. At this intensity the motivation of the parent goes beyond simply getting the agreement and support of the children. Commonly, brainwashing parents are motivated by an opportunity to wreak a powerful form of revenge on the other parent -diminishing the affections of the children."

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Man charged with murder after swamp drowning

globeandmail.com: Man charged with murder after swamp drowning:

July 15, 2007 at 1:45 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Que. — A man suspected of attempting to drown his spouse in a marsh will be charged with murder after the woman died in hospital early Sunday. Quebec provincial police aren't sure what prompted a violent fight between the victim, Nathalie Dupont, a 30-year-old mother of four, and a 36-year-old suspect inside the family home. The victim appears to have broken through a screen door to escape the attack but was followed to a marsh across the street from their family home on Saturday morning, about 100 kilometres east of Montreal. While neighbours yelled, the woman was nearly drowned in the swampland before police arrived at the scene."

"Woman gets 6 years for trying to arrange hit on ex-husband

STLtoday - News - St. Louis City / County:

07/14/2007

Maritha Hunter-Butler was sentenced in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Friday to six years in prison for her efforts two years ago to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband at his home in Berkeley. Hunter-Butler, 32, of Ferguson, pleaded guilty May 30 of attempted first-degree murder and armed criminal action. The target of Hunter-Butler's failed efforts was her ex-husband, Abdul Butler. He gave a victim impact statement before Judge Melvyn W. Wiesman on Friday, saying the defendant had repeatedly threatened him and other family members. In July 2005, Hunter-Butler got in touch with a cousin, Willie Martin, and offered a share of her ex-husband's life insurance and a car if he would kill Abdul Butler."

Alienation and Alignment of Children by Philip M. Stahl

Alienation and Alignment of Children by Philip M. Stahl:

"Prior to 1970, it was rare that parents disputed custody of their children. Beginning in the early 1970's, parents began litigating over child custody as a result of changes in societal factors and custody laws. With this increase in litigation, Gardner (1987) observed and outlined a concept that he referred to as 'Parental Alienation syndrome.' Currently, there is a significant dispute among experts whether parental alienation is a syndrome, as well as the causes and remedies of parental alienation. This brief article will describe some of the dynamics related to the alignment and alienation of children and provide some solutions for these children. For purposes of this article, I am accepting the premise that alienation exists and that the child is caught in a battle between the alienating parent and the alienated parent. There is little research on the effects of alienation on children, either the long-term impact on a child being alienated from a parent. the long-term impact of a change of custody to remedy alienation, or which qualities within the child might help to mitigate against the alienating behaviors of both parents."

Saturday, July 14, 2007

New York State NOW Says Family Courts Are 'Awarding Custody to Abusers'

GlennSacks.com » Blog Archive » New York State NOW Says Family Courts Are 'Awarding Custody to Abusers':

"The New York State Chapter of the National Organization for Women recently announced its support for the Mother's Day legal complaint. Marcia A. Pappas (pictured), President of NOW-NYS, says New York family courts are 'awarding custody to abusers' and that the problem is widespread. NOW-NYS says for the past two years it has 'co-hosted a national Battered Mothers Custody Conference, attended by over 400 people, the majority of whom are protective mothers.'"

Friday, July 13, 2007

Emily Rose Hindle

Emily Rose Hindle:

"Hi, I'm Karl father to Emily Rose who is my youngest daughter. Emily was born in the UK and taken by her American mother, Sheila Kay Fuith, to the US when Emily was 11 months old. This blog is where I'm placing the media reports and evidence of the role of the US Department of State in abducting Emily to the US while obstructing justice for Emily and attempting to cover up misconduct of officials while Emily is denied medical treatment for her eye condition which will leave her blind."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Police 'appalled' by abuse of three young kids

KOB.com - Police 'appalled' by abuse of three young kids:

"Police 'appalled' by abuse of three young kids

Albuquerque police are investigating a case of child abuse so bad they say it has shaken even veteran cops. A woman is accused of abusing her three children so severely that they were literally bruised from head to toe.

Amanda Apodaca, 21, faces three counts of felony child abuse after her 18-month-old daughter was rushed to the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital. The child was drifting in and out of consciousness. When examined, doctors found 34 bruises covering her body."

The Father's Guide: Coping with Parental Alienation Synsrome - PAS - Fathers For Equality Inc. U.S.A.

The Father's Guide: Coping with Parental Alienation Synsrome - PAS - Fathers For Equality Inc. U.S.A.:

"The following is from material published by Fathers for Equal Rights Inc. (FER), Dallas & Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Non-custodial parents often face a continuing dilemma, knowing how to respond to certain mind-programming propaganda that the children receive from the custodial parent. Every reference to the non-custodial parent is couched in negative words: 'lazy, irresponsible, un-loving, and cheapskate,' to name a few. The childrens emotions and behavior patterns that result from this negative programming have been officially dubbed by the psychological community as the Parental Alienation Syndrome , and when the parent doing the alienation has full-time access to the children, the consequences can be devastating to the relationship between the child and the other parent. It is also devastating to the child as the child comes to realize that half of who they are, is a product of that 'low life' other parent."

When Animosity Poisons Custody Deals -- Courant.com

When Animosity Poisons Custody Deals -- Courant.com:

"When Animosity Poisons Custody Deals

`Parental Alienation Syndrome': Is It Legitimate Or Junk Science?

By JESSE LEAVENWORTH | Courant Staff Writer

June 14, 2007

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In the sad world of child-custody fights, parents sometimes charge former spouses with poisoning filial bonds already withered by long separation."

Toronto teen charged in shooting to plead not guilty

globeandmail.com: Toronto teen charged in shooting to plead not guilty:

July 10, 2007 at 4:36 AM EDT

After four days in hiding, the 16-year-old accused of shooting two people to death in Scarborough surrendered to police yesterday with the intention of proclaiming his innocence in court.

The teenager walked calmly into Toronto's 43 Division police station, his face hidden by the peak of a baseball cap and sporting a navy hooded shirt and baggy jeans.

Accompanied by his lawyer, the teen entered a meeting room, where an officer charged him with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the deaths of Clifford Charles, 43, and Shawn Day, 33."

The Daddy Track

The Daddy Track - The Boston Globe:

"The Daddy Track
As society acknowledges that men can be great parents, the number of single fathers is on the rise. So what is life like for men juggling career, family, and home? A lot like life for single moms.

July 8, 2007

When Keith Mochida and his wife split up nearly 10 years ago, she wanted to explore life beyond motherhood. So Mochida got the mortgaged-to-the-hilt house, a hefty car payment, and the two kids. 'Panic is how I’d describe it,' says the 39-year-old Chelmsford computer engineer. 'Suddenly I had $1,200 a month in day care on top of everything else.' To manage, Mochida downsized to a three-bedroom rental home and a Hyundai in the driveway. But he was prepared to roll with the changes, he says. 'Being a father didn’t come with any criteria like I had to have a wife.'

Monday, July 09, 2007

Girl found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder

globeandmail.com: Girl found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder:

July 9, 2007 at 7:47 PM EDT

MEDICINE HAT, ALTA. —

A 13-year-old girl who boasted about the notoriety she was getting from the death of her family, will be remembered as the youngest person in Canada to be convicted of three counts of first-degree murder.

A seven-man, five-woman jury has pronounced the Alberta teen guilty of the premeditated slayings of her mother, father and 8-year-old brother.

Neither the victims nor the girl, who has been known throughout the proceedings as J.R., can be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Under the Act, the maximum sentence for first-degree murder is 10 years, but incarceration can be no longer than six of those years."

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Argument sparks fatal stabbing

TheStar.com - News - Argument sparks fatal stabbing:

"Children and neighbours milled about the front of their apartment building yesterday morning, their annual barbecue temporarily postponed by the stabbing death of a 27-year-old man on the 17th floor.

By midday, a fleet of tricycles lined the fence, tables were unfolded and an inflatable bouncing castle was ready, though police tape still blocked the doors of the child-care centre on the ground floor and uniformed men still guarded the scene of the homicide upstairs.

Police arrived at the building, near Kingston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E., just before 6:20 a.m. after reports of a fight. The victim was declared dead at the scene.

He was identified as Ajiganth Mahalingam."

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Man accused of assaulting infant daughter

7Online.com: New York City and Tri-State News from WABC-TV:

"(Mastic - WABC, June 25, 2007) - A Suffolk County man was arrested and charged with physically assaulting his infant daughter late Sunday afternoon.
Police say the infant suffered internal head injuries when 20-year-old Joshua Cohen knocked the child from the bed to the floor, kicked her in the head several times, then picked her up and shook her violently.

The infant, just 11 weeks old, is listed in critical condition."

Police identify teen suspect in shootings

TheStar.com - GTA - Police identify teen suspect in shootings:

"Homicide detectives are looking for a teenager who they allege shot two men to death early yesterday in the city’s east-end near the Pickering border.

Police were called to a house on at 108 Rylander Blvd. for a shooting around 3:50 a.m. where they found one man inside and another victim nearby in a large,’70s-era black-SUV that had mounted a curb and crashed into a tree.

Police have identified the suspect as Livingston Davis, 16. The suspect's identity was protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, but police have been granted judicial authorization to temporarily release his name."

Prosecution asks judge to give sentence of at least 15 years

globeandmail.com: Prosecution asks judge to give sentence of at least 15 years:

"NEWMARKET -- Daniel Sylvester, the reclusive misfit and peeping Tom who beat to death his next-door neighbour two years ago and dumped her body in woods where animal scavengers fed on it, should spend at least 15 years behind bars before he has any chance of parole, his sentencing hearing was told yesterday."

Domestic violence policies must treat all equally

Scoop: Domestic violence policies must treat all equally:

"United Future deputy leader Judy Turner is questioning whether the police treat men and women equally when it comes to dealing with domestic violence.

She points to a story aired on May 22 on TV2's Police-10 programme in which Auckland police respond to a domestic violence case, where a mother seriously assaulted her partner in front of their children.

The police advise the father that if he lays a complaint, then the mother will be taken away and the children taken into CYF's care."

Monday, July 02, 2007

Infanticide in Canada - mothers who kill their babies

Infanticide in Canada - mothers who kill their babies:

"2003 Child murder statistics

There were 33 homicides committed against children under the age of 12 in 2003, the lowest number in over 25 years. Of these victims, 14 (or 42%) were under one year of age.

Of the 27 solved homicides against children, 23 were killed by a parent: 9 by a father, 4 by a step-father, 10 by a mother and 1 by a step-mother (in one incident, both parents were accused). In addition, 2 children were killed by their day-care provider and 2 by a stranger.

Considering Canada's population of 33 million people, there are, thankfully, very few children murdered."

Sunday, July 01, 2007

When Animosity Poisons Custody Deals

When Animosity Poisons Custody Deals -- Courant.com:

"In the sad world of child-custody fights, parents sometimes charge former spouses with poisoning filial bonds already withered by long separation."

Foster mother competent to stand trial

Foster mother competent to stand trial | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA:

"A South Sound woman charged with two counts of assaulting and torturing her foster daughter – including stabbing the child’s eyes with hypodermic needles – was found competent Monday to stand trial.

King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson ruled Chornice Lewis competent after examining a psychological evaluation conducted at Western State Hospital. Contents of the evaluation are confidential; Robinson ordered it sealed from public view."