Sunday, September 30, 2007

Brutalized boy rescued

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PINELLAS PARK - September 29, 2007. Officers found the boy ... he had a fractured skull, broken nose and burns on his arm, which had been broken. Police arrested his mother and her live-in boyfriend ... Reginald Carr, 42 ... Drenda Patrick, 43, faces four counts of child neglect. 7700 66th St. N.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Winklers block Mary's visitation

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Mary Winkler's former in-laws have blocked the visits that a judge had said she could start having today with her three young daughters. The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson on Friday stayed all activities regarding visitation in the Winkler case, said Bill Neese, one of the attorneys for the children's paternal grandparents, Dan and Diane Winkler of Huntingdon. The Winklers have had temporary custody of the children - ages 2, 8 and 9 - since Mary Winkler was arrested in March 2006 for the shooting death of her husband.

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Daddy Track

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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.

FATHERS-4-JUSTICE: A Volunteer Army Fighting for Truth, Justice and Equality in Family Law

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Two hours. That’s all Chuck begged his ex-wife for: Just two short, precious hours on Sunday to spend with his son. A son that Chuck, a shipbuilding specialist in Eastern Virginia, hasn’t been able to share more than a few minutes’ worth of “father-son” time with over the phone since his bitter divorce from the mother of his only child four years ago. A pile of birthday presents affectionately labeled, “To Jay - Love Dad” sit wrapped and waiting on a chair in Chuck’s home. He expects to have to mail them across town to his son as he's had to do in the past. Remarried, Chuck’s three adolescent stepsons wait expectantly, hoping to share their X Box video games and skateboards with the stepbrother they have only fleetingly had the chance to meet in the past. The Answer was "No"

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Drive-by suspect arrested in Jamaica

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Sep 27, 2007. A 21-year-old man who police believe fled to Jamaica following a drive-by shooting in Rexdale this summer has been arrested for first-degree murder. On June 9, Jose Hierro-Saez was a passenger in a car going west on John Garland Blvd. from Kipling Ave. when another vehicle pulled up next to him, spraying the car with bullets in broad daylight. ... By the end of the month, homicide detectives issued arrest warrants for Anthony Grant, 21, known as T.J., of Brampton, and Devon Vivian, 20, of Toronto. The Canadian-born suspects were believed to have fled to Jamaica. Grant was arrested in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday by the Royal Jamaica Constabulary Fugitive Apprehension Team....Vivian is still believed to be in Jamaica.

Barbara Kay: Forgetting the male victims of child abuse

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After five years of development and training, in 2006 the protocol -- called the Routine Universal Comprehensive Screening (RUCS), even though it is neither "universal" nor "comprehensive" -- became operative in 25 Ontario public health units. Why only girls and not boys? In Boyd's words, because "there is little point in screening for a health condition when no referral resources are available to serve the needs of those identified."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Crown seeks 12 to 15 years for 'house of horrors' abuser

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"An Edmonton man who tortured and sexually abused a four-year-old girl who called him 'daddy' should spend at least 12 years in prison, a Crown prosecutor argued in court Monday. Darcy Bannert, who was convicted of sexual assault and confinement in June, wore blue prison coveralls and at times had a smirk on his face as he listened to the Crown during his sentencing hearing."

Federal Way woman pleads guilty to foster child abuse

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"A Federal Way woman accused of poking hypodermic needles into her foster daughter's eyes pleaded guilty to assault. Thirty-four-year-old Chornice Lewis faces more than ten years in prison when she is sentenced November 16th in King County Superior Court at Kent. The Tacoma News Tribune reported the foster child was left blind in one eye and that foster care workers failed to follow through on a decade of complaints about Lewis. She also was accused of beating the girl with an umbrella and burning her tongue with a hot fork. The Department of Social and Health Services reassigned and retrained some workers as a result of the case."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Parental Alienation

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Mike Murphy's story.

Robert Pedersen Receives Formal Recognition by Calhoun County Michigan

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Robert Pedersen received formal recognition and an award by Calhoun County Michigan on September 20 2007. This was such an honor for Robert and he stated that recognition by a magazine read by 3 million people (Best Life) was great, however being recognized by your local community is even more of an honor. Robert spoke briefly, because of the Calhoun County Commissioners' full agenda that evening, and was given a lengthy applause after he spoke. This was a wonderful evening for everyone.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Grandparents! An unselfish love.

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A dilemma of wondering if it is better to back off from their grandchildren haunts just about every gran & granda, they are torn between abandoning the case because of the tension the children go through even after having obtained the legal right from a judge to see them on a regular basis. One granny, Mary, said, “I don’t know what to do, if I leave them be, it will break their heart and if I don’t, what kind of life are they having being subject to parental alienation.” Mary does not question the children but she senses a strain in their young lives.

When Ties to a Parent Are Cut by the Other

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Amy J. L. Baker, ... chronicled the stories of 40 adults who as children were turned against a parent.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

'I had to choose - my grandchildren or my son'

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'When the marriage ended, I was devastated. I thought of all those years we'd spent together, the happy shared holidays, the family Christmases, and suddenly I was on my own, surplus to requirements, no longer welcomed. It was utterly heartbreaking, but nobody was interested in how I felt."
Jennifer, 54, from Edinburgh, is not talking about the collapse of her own relationship but about her son Mark's divorce. Having been an integral part of family life, the person who collected the two children from school, organised family parties and provided a listening ear for her daughter-in-law, Helen, she was left out in the cold when the couple split up.

Deputy's wife accused of videotaping sex with 16-year-old

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20 Sep 07. ROYAL PALM BEACH - A 22-year-old deputy's wife was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old high school student and videotaping it, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office said on Thursday. The man who filmed it and gave it to the deputy was also arrested. Jessica Wink and German Armentano, 28, who both work at a Publix supermarket, were arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual performance by a child. The 16-year-old, whose name was not released was also arrested on the charge.

Teacher in sex case goes missing - Nashville, Tennessee

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22 Sep o7. A Knoxville teacher accused of having an affair with a high school student has gone missing with her two children. Erin McLean --- whose husband, Eric McLean, is charged with killing the 18-year-old student who allegedly had an affair with his wife --- has been missing for a week, according to attorneys for both parties.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Toddler found on roadway

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A Robertson County school bus driver found a naked 28-month old boy standing on the edge of Pinson Road off Highway 76E between White House and Springfield around 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. The child's mother, Kresta Warner, 30, was arrested by the Robertson County Sheriff Department. She was charged with child abuse and neglect. This is the second such case in Robertson County in just three days. On Monday, Sept. 17, a Coopertown woman was arrested after her 2-year old was found wandering in the middle of Burgess Gower Road off Highway 49.

Friday, September 21, 2007

CNN Protects Perpetrator of Fraud

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September 18th, 2007. Fort Lauderdale, Florida-CNN has concealed the name of a perpetrator of "paternity fraud". Francisco Rodriquez is the victim of an ordinary case of paternity fraud. The state of Florida insists that he owes $10,000 in back child support payments for a fifteen year old girl who, according to DNA results, is not his daughter. The state even jailed Rodriquez for failure to pay.

Judge Rules Mary Winkler Can Have 'Supervised Visits' With 3 Daughters

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September 19, 2007. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman who killed her minister husband with a shotgun can begin supervised visits with her three young daughters on Sept. 29, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Texas cases of mothers accused of killing kids

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Sept. 19, 2007. HALTOM CITY, Texas — In the latest Texas case of a mother who apparently turned on her children, Alysha Green is accused of dousing her three daughters with gasoline and setting them on fire last weekend. She faces a capital murder charge after her 3-year-old died, and she has been charged with two counts of serious injury to a child as her 5- and 7-year-old daughters remain hospitalized.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Tale of Two Cities and Parent Alienation Syndrome - Step Family Zone your Step Family Website

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by Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

Perhaps the most contentious of all custody/access disputes are those involving allegations of one parent undermining the relationship of the children with the other parent. When escalated one sees children caught between a vilified parent and an idolized parent. Therein any negative attributes of the vilified parent are magnified and any attempts to redress issues raised are placed in a context where the efforts are viewed as insincere or inadequate. Hence the vilified parent cannot win for losing. Meanwhile any concerns that might be raised about the idolized parent are either excused or positioned as an artefact of the vilified parent's behaviour. In other words, nothing negative sticks to the idolized parent; it's the other parent's fault. These dynamics are the hallmark of Parent Alienation Syndrome.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Kelsey's mother gets 27 years in prison

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The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs used her moment to speak at her formal sentencing today to say to her former mother-in-law, "Kathie, I forgive you.” The judge then ordered Raye Dawn Smith to serve 27 years in prison for enabling child abuse.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Scalded toddler left alone, trial told

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Sep 15, 2007 A 2-year-old girl was left alone in her bed with excruciating scalding water burns to her face and arm while her father sat watching TV, the child's mother says. Juliet Asiamah, 20, testified yesterday at the aggravated assault trial of Gregory Johnson, 34, that he was looking after Briana Asiamah on the night of April 21, 2006, while she went to a movie with a friend.

Mother pleads guilty to kidnapping twins from adoptive parents, fleeing to Canada

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RALEIGH, N. C. (AP) — A mother charged with kidnapping her young twin children from their adoptive parents and fleeing to Canada has pleaded guilty to two counts of international parental kidnapping. ... Allison Quets, 49, of Florida, entered the plea Friday. Held since her arrest in December, when she was found with the twins in Ottawa, she was to be released pending a Dec. 17 sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors said Quets kidnapped the 17-month-old twins from Kevin and Denise Needham of North Carolina.Quets had a court-sanctioned visit with the twins the weekend before Christmas, but she did not return the toddlers, Tyler Lee and Holly Ann Needham, as ordered by Dec. 24. She was arrested five days later, and the twins were reunited with their adoptive parents in Canada shortly after they were found. The charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison, but Quets has already served the minimum sentence recommended by federal sentencing guidelines.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Manitoba father charged in infant's death

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September 14, 2007 Thompson, Man. -- A Manitoba father has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his infant daughter this summer. RCMP say Nathan Castel was arrested Wednesday. The 20-year-old man was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday in Thompson. Mr. Castel's one-month-old daughter, Kyra Bighetty, died June 27 from injuries she suffered at her home in Thompson earlier that day.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Mark Townsend investigates the case of paedophile Timothy Cox

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"Timothy Cox was a quiet, clean-cut 27-year-old who worked for his small family brewery in rural Suffolk. He was also 'the son of god' - the mastermind of a global paedophile ring. Mark Townsend investigates"

Bermuda Proclaims April 25th as Parental Alienation Awareness Day

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MIAMI, Sept. 12 The Honorable Dale Butler, Minister of Rehabilitation, has signed a Proclamation declaring April 25th as Parental Alienation Awareness Day in the Islands of Bermuda. The Proclamation states that, "Parental Alienation involves taking advantage of the suggestibility and dependency of children for the sole purpose of destroying a loving relationship they once shared with a parent." The Proclamation also describes such alienating behaviors as speaking negatively about a parent, interfering with visitation and communication, and discussing inappropriate information, as confusing and frightening for children.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Stolen Fatherhood

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Stolen Fatherhood: Bereavement Without End

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6-year-old found hanged in garage

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"A 6-year-old girl was found hanged inside her family's garage and had been sexually assaulted before she died, police said Wednesday. Authorities have made no arrests or named any suspects since Hannah Mack's body was discovered by her mother on Monday. They are saying little about their investigation."

Lawyers: Woman who kill get lighter sentences

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"Wednesday, September
Authorities say a husband that was stabbed multiple times ran from his wife. It’s something we don’t hear about every day – wives who are accused of attacking their spouses. But lawyers agree that the punishment almost never fits the crime. “The reality is when it comes time for us to pick juries, they can find them guilty, but punishment is always going to be a different kind of hurdle to have to jump,” Assistant D.A. Kelly Siegler said. Siegler knows this all too well. She won a conviction in the case of Susan Wright, a woman who stabber her husband 193 times. But Wright only got 20 years for the crime. “I mean, think about if a man who stabs his wife 193 times would walk away with less than a life sentence,” Siegler said."

The Petition Site : Justice for Children

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If you have a minute, take the time and sign the petition.

Regards, Jim

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Teen dead after school stabbing

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"September 11, 2007
A 17-year-old died after being stabbed in the stomach behind an east-end Toronto high school on Tuesday. The teenager was rushed from Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute to Sunnybrook Hospital. Police are now seeking a suspect, believed also to be 17. Television media stated that the boy was a student at the school, and that police were looking for a vehicle seen leaving the scene. The teen was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, and later died. The incident happened just after noon. The male teen was in a laneway leading from the back of the school when he was stabbed. No arrests have been made."

Monday, September 10, 2007

Another low point in our experience with parental alienation

Yesterday was another low point in our experience with parental alienation.
In the presence of many of his family and friends, our six week old grandson was baptized.
What was missing, however, was the presence of his half-brother and two half-sisters.
Although they had been invited, they did not attend.
If one were to ask their mother, or maternal grandmother, why they did not attend they would no doubt say that it was the children's choice.
That, of course, not the true reason.
In reality, it was a matter of control on the part of the maternal grandmother who successfully isolated her daughters from anyone outside her "cult", and who now is doing the same to her grandchildren.
Though she professes to be a Christian, there is little that she says or does that shows any goodness and mercy.

Regards, Jim

Canada's nine most recent child abandonment cases

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A boy between 24 and 36 hours old was found abandoned on a doorstep.
A seven-pound boy was found abandoned face-first in a department store washroom toilet.
A girl, just hours old, was found on a doorstep in -29 to -39 degrees celsius.
A 22-year-old secretly gives birth to baby in a bathtub, then allegedly covers up the girl's death by disposing of her body in a plastic bag; police say full-term birth may have been stillborn.
A 16-year-old from Laval was charged with second-degree murder after the discovery of a newborn boy in a wooded lot in St. Sophie.
24 year-old Ivana Kevkovic was charged with neglecting to obtain assistance in childbirth and concealing the body of a child.
28-year-old Selena Stevenson admitted snuffing out her baby's first breaths with a plastic bag and discarding his body in a garbage bin on a Manitoba reserve.
A 15-year-old girl dumped her newborn son in the garbage after concealing her pregnancy and giving birth alone in her room.

April, 2005: Edmonton - Katrina Effert, 20, concealed her pregnancy and secretly gave birth to a baby boy in the basement of her parents' home.

She is accused of strangling the infant and throwing his body into a neighbour's yard.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Do children of divorce want more or less involvement with their fathers? What did researchers find?

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Deny parenting lose your children.

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In a recent case called Edwards the Michigan Court of Appeals talked to us about child custody. I learned that denial of parenting time of the non custodial parent is a change of circumstances that can lead to a change of custody.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Funny, Sad New Yorker Cartoon on Parental Alienation

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Mother accused in toddler's death in court

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Sep 04, 2007

The Toronto mother accused of murdering her toddler was remanded into custody this morning, appearing via video in a College Park courtroom. Charlene Chambers, 32, was charged with second-degree murder after emergency crews responding to an unknown trouble at her east end home Friday afternoon found the lifeless body of her 3-year-old daughter, Keayanna.

Friday, September 07, 2007

'Whichever parent I am with wants me to be loyal…I can only prove my loyalty by saying I don't want to be wit

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She coached my daughter to testify that I committed DV…My daughter explained how her mother practiced her te

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Mother's murder conviction overturned

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"September 6, 2007. A young Alberta woman sentenced to life in prison for killing her newborn baby has had her conviction overturned. Last fall, a jury found Katrina Effert, 21, guilty of second-degree murder and concealing the body of a child. The three-member Alberta Court of Appeal decided today to award the Wetaskiwin, Alta., woman a new trial. The high court ruled that jurors may not have fully understood the trial judge's explanation of the difference between second-degree murder, manslaughter and infanticide."

Fathers Tend to Pay the Highest Price in Cases of Parental Alienation

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"Despite the rhetorical blathering, the financially devastating and mounting legalese, the “he said, she said” ranting from both sides, no matter how many well-meaning friends may offer up support and sentiment, the bottom line is: fathers and their children are the ones who typically lose in the aftermath of a bad divorce."

Supreme Court of Kentucky to Consider Mother's Request to Select "Legal" Father

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September 7, 2007

On September 12, 2007 at 9a.m., the Supreme Court of Kentucky, in the University of Kentucky’s College of Law courtroom, will hear oral arguments in two potential landmark cases involving parents and children. The first case involves a biological father’s right to seek custody of his infant son. The second case relates to whether a child may be placed in the custody of a “psychological” father rather than with the biological mother."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Victims sought shelter behind barricade in B.C. home

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OAK BAY, B.C. — Three of the five bodies found inside Peter Hyun Lee's Oak Bay home, including his six-year-old son, were behind a barricade of furniture in a bedroom.

Two more members of the Korean family were in the hallway, all killed in the same manner.

Saanich Police confirmed Wednesday night that the dead were Mr. Lee, 38, his wife Yong Sun Park, 32, and their son, Christian Thomas Jin Young Lee. The other two people were the boy's maternal grandparents, Kum Lea Chun, 59, and Moon Kyu Park, age 66.

Reno woman gets life terms in sex case - The Crime library

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno woman was sentenced to two life prison terms Friday for allowing her boyfriend to have sex with two of her preteen daughters.

Jackie Williams, 37, a mother of five, and her boyfriend, Michael Jones, had both pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault with a child.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Teens to stand trial in December for attempted murder

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September 5, 2007

Two Halifax-area teenage boys will be tried for attempted murder and aggravated assault in a trial set to start right after Christmas. The boys, aged 16 and 17, pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in Halifax provincial court. They were remanded into custody until their three-day trial begins Dec. 27. The teens are charged with trying to kill 40-year-old Warren Wesson who lived above the One World Cafe on Agricola Street in Halifax.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Youth shooting raises fears

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A block away from where 15-year-old murder victim Jordan Manners lived, residents are wondering when the violence will stop after another teen was gunned down Monday. The 17-year-old youth was found on Shoreham Court, near Jane St. and Steeles Ave. W., after being shot in the left leg, abdomen and shoulder.