Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Missing 9-year-old’s neighbor (Michael Plumadore) allegedly beat her with brick, dismembered body


Ex-boyfriend (Jerry A. Lewis) arrested in woman's, boy's deaths


How To Lose Child Custody

"As a matrimonial law attorney who regularly represents mothers and fathers in contested divorce trials, I have very some straight forward advice for parents going through divorce, and who are contemplating a custody action. More than ever, I am counseling mothers on how to not lose custody of their children.

UN: Israel Discriminates Against Divorced Fathers, Children

" The UN, which has a long, documented history for bashing Israel at almost each and every opportunity, has come out today on behalf of divorced fathers and their children in Israel."

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Family Matters

Link "In recent years a new “buzz word” has evolved in the family law world: parental alienation. This is a term which refers to the very concerning practice among many separated parents of doing everything within their power to turn their children against the other parent. Why is it so difficult for some parents to accept that their children have a right and a need to enjoy a happy, healthy, loving relationship with both parents? How effective is the family justice system in addressing this serious problem? There are some very innovative and ground-breaking solutions being implemented by the mental health profession. What are they and do they succeed in re-integrating alienated children with their non-custodial parents? Learn all about this fascinating phenomenon in this special episode of Family Matters.
Guests: Lorne MacLean, Rhonda Pisanello"

International Child-Centered Divorce Month Recognized in January


Both parents are important to children


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Teen murderer with 'frightening' character flaw must move to adult jail

Link "A teenager with a "frightening" character flaw who browbeat her boyfriend into killing a perceived rival will have to move to an adult detention centre as scheduled when she turns 20 next month, an Ontario judge ruled Thursday. Lawyers for Melissa Todorovic had argued it would be in her best interest to let her remain at the youth facility, where she is serving her first-degree murder sentence for the New Year's Day stabbing of 14-year-old Stefanie Rengel four years ago."

Father suspected of abducting infant appears in court

Link "Ricky Doodhnaught, the father of a missing nine-week-old child, has been remanded into custody with police saying they believe he has information about the child's whereabouts."

Link "The mother at the centre of a case involving a missing dead infant is a former prostitute and drug user who once witnessed a shooting. Nadia Ayyad, 23, made a brief appearance at Newmarket , Ont., court Thursday after being arrested a day earlier and charged in connection with the disappearance and death of her baby son George Doodhnaught. Baby George's father, Ricky Ray Doodhnaught, was arrested earlier in December."

Man, 27, jailed for attempted murder of baby girl

Link "A VIOLENT man who tried to murder a baby by "strangling" her and shoving his fingers down her throat in a brutal attack – in a bid to wreak revenge on the infant's mother – has been jailed for nine years."

Friday, December 23, 2011

Search continues for Ayla Reynolds as locals hold vigil


Wold gets life, no chance for parole in murder plot

Link "Darren Wold and Jack E. Johnson, are longtime friends who prosecutors allege conspired with Justin P. Welch to kill 39-year-old Kimberly Smith. Criminal complaints say she was fighting with Wold over custody of their 4-year-old son. She was found bound and stabbed in her home Oct. 1, 2009. Police said the boy was home but did not see the killing."

Link "Prosecutors said Darren Wold plotted the death of the mother of his young son so he could gain full custody ... Jack Johnson was also convicted. Prosecutors said the men hired California drifter Justin Welch to kill 39-year-old Kimberly Smith in her Oconomowoc home in 2009. She was stabbed to death."

Link "Darren Wold looks at family members of Kimberly Smith who were seated in the front row as he is led from the courtroom after Judge James Kieffer sentenced him Tuesday to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for his role in the 2009 murder of Smith, the mother of his son."

Police charge mother, boyfriend in child's death

"Police arrested 23-year-old Patricia Brewer in connection with the death of the boy and abuse of her 3-year-old son. Her arrest came Tuesday, hours after her boyfriend, 21-year-old Kenneth Dewayne Coleman, was taken into custody."

Mom of 4-year-old allegedly murdered by her boyfriend: He was my life

Link "The man (Michael Allen Seaton) wanted in the death of a Houston four-year-old is in custody, and the boy's mother (Britni Glover) ... is ...also in jail for the death."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Man guilty in killing of girl’s father in custody dispute

Link "... a Muskingum County Common Pleas jury found Terrell M. Nowlin, 26, guilty of aggravated murder, kidnapping, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse in the death of ...  Tyler Hardin ...
Prosecutors said Nowlin ... killed Hardin because Hardin wanted to share custody of the child he had with Nowlin’s wife, 20-year-old Heather Nowlin, of Zanesville. Mrs. Nowlin pleaded guilty in November to charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, kidnapping by deception and tampering with evidence. She testified last week against her husband in a trial that began in Zanesville on Dec. 12."

Mom did nothing as boyfriend beat boy, police allege

Link "Britni Bereasa Glover watched as her boyfriend beat her 4-year-old son. She did nothing. She later heard the boy complain of stomach pain. She did nothing. The next morning, she found her son, Dustyn Skyler Roff, dead in his bed. ... police allege that happened beginning Thursday night, when Michael Allen Seaton beat Dustyn because his mother did not come home for lunch that day."

Emington mother killed family, then herself

Link "Authorities ... said ... that they believe a 30-year-old mother of three shot and killed her children, her live-in boyfriend and then turned the gun on herself. ...  Killed were mother Sara McMeen, 30, Daniel Warren, 29, Skyler Lemke, 8, Ian Lemke, 7, and Maggie Warren, 10 months."

Five shooting deaths in Virginia home called murder-suicide

Link "Esteban Quintero-Gonzales, 37, forced his way into a residence in the hamlet of Gargatha, on Virginia's Eastern Shore, on Thursday and shot dead the four people inside, ... Quintero-Gonzales then shot himself. The four people killed were Evelyn Colon-Matias, 27; Jesus Angel Quintero-Colon, 10; Ana Estefani Quintero-Colon, 9; and Zayday Reyes, 20."

Monday, December 19, 2011

2 daughters unharmed during murder-suicide

Link "The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said Heather Trapp, 37, went to the home of her estranged husband, Anthony Trapp, on Rose Lane on Thursday afternoon to pick up her children, 5-year-old Emma and 20-month-old Sophia."

Red Bluff mother (Theresa Maria Garcia- Lewis) in court, boy walking, talking


Lawyer helped mom regain kids, now cares for them after slaying

Link "For more than two years, Poughkeepsie attorney Cynthia Kasnia helped Tyrese Storms take the legal steps to regain custody of her three children. Now, a year after Storms, 25, was strangled in her Pleasant Valley home as the family was about to be reunited, two of those children call Kasnia “Mom.”

Mother and man in court on murder charge

Link "Rebecca Shuttleworth, 23, of Cottingham Road, Manchester, was charged over the death of Keanu Williams, who died on 9 January in Ward End, Birmingham. ... She was remanded in custody at Birmingham Magistrates' Court along with Luke Southerton, 30, from Hagley Road in Edgbaston in the city."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Murder probe launched after body of mother-of-four who vanished after Halloween party is found

Link "Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of missing mother-of-four Karen Swift was found."

Court Documents Show Children Home in Double Murder

Link "Court documents show Rice and his ex-lover, 32-year-old Annette Durham were having custody issues over their two-year-old son. Durham’s six year-old daughter and the two year-old were at the house when Annette Durham and 39-year-old Steven Strotkamp were killed. The six-year-old ran to a neighbor’s home to get help."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How my mother's fanatical views tore us apart

Link "As the child of divorced parents, I (Rebecca Walker) know only too well the painful consequences of being brought up in those circumstances. Feminism has much to answer for denigrating men and encouraging women to seek independence whatever the cost to their families."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Horrific moment a father was shot by his mother-in-law as he picked up son, three from her house

Link "Salvatore Miglino, 39, was shot in the ribs and the shoulder by 66-year-old Cheryl Hepner."

Fla. woman accused in family killings wants her statements to police barred from her NY trial

Link "Novack and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, of Brooklyn, are accused of directing the 2009 killings of her husband, Ben Novack Jr., and his mother, Bernice Novack, and hiring the killers. They have pleaded not guilty. At least two other people have been arrested in the case."Link

Missing Ontario boys found in Poland now in legal limbo

Mrs. Edyta Ustaszewski - Watkins, who claimed in Court that she had lost the boys’ passports, apparently used them – and her own ‘Canceled’ passport – to enter the U.S., board a airline and flew from there to Germany.

An Ontario father has located his two children ... Stephen Watkins saw his sons Alexander, now 10, and Christopher, now 7, a few days ago for the first time since they disappeared on March 6, 2009. Police allege that the boys' non-custodial mother, Edyta Watkins, fled with the children to Europe after Stephen Watkins was granted full custody of the boys. Edyta Watkins had been given weekend visitation rights."Link

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Preliminary hearing set for mom accused of killing babies

Link "Judge Harry Van Harten set the hearing to begin on Feb. 27 for Meredith Katharine Borowiec, 30, who faces two counts of second-degree murder, as well as attempted murder, failing to provide the necessities of life and abandoning a child."

Friday, December 09, 2011

Mother kills daughters in murder-suicide

Link "For several days police would not rule out a possible third party being responsible for the deaths of 46-year-old Heather Glendinning and her two daughters, Jane Cuzens, 12, and Jessica Cuzens, 10."

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Hilary Madsen on Male Victims of DV and Fighting Misconceptions


MO mom who claimed her baby disappeared, charged with his murder

Link "Missouri Police say Shelby Dasher was arrested less than 16 hours after she reported her 13-month-old son missing. The child's tiny body was found near a cemetery about a mile from his home."

Tips from public prove valuable to missing-children investigators

Link "Perceptions of parental abduction need to change, she explained. No parent has a right to take a child from their other parent, unless there is a threat to the child's health and safety."

Mother in toddler's scalding death gets 11 years

Link "A Toronto woman convicted of manslaughter in the scalding death of her toddler four years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in jail. ... Melissa Alexander, 26, waited 12 hours to get emergency medical help for her badly scalded son, 19-month-old Miguel Fernandes."

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Mom Denied Food Stamps For Months, Shoots Own Kids

Link "Authorities identified the mother as Rachelle Grimmer, 38, and children Ramie and Timothy."

Calera woman (Kimberly Dawn McGuffie) pleads guilty to murder-for-hire plot

Link "McGuffie was indicted for conspiring with her mother to hire someone to kill her former husband with a cocktail of prescription drugs, according to a release from Vance. McGuffie's mother, Barbara Louise Patterson, 63, from Columbiana, obtained a prescription for the anti-depressant drug Lexapro, which she gave to her daughter for the drug cocktail. Patterson's trial is pending"

Iowa mom gets life for neighbor's death

Link "Tracey Richter, 45, claimed she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in her home in 2001 after he and another man broke in and strangled her with pantyhose. She appeared on national television soon after the shooting, telling how she killed Wehde to protect herself and her three children."

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

New Documentary by BU Professor Tackles Flawed Family Court System

So sad. Another Academic who fails to recognize that Parental Alienation does exist.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Abused wife suffers final insult: paying alimony to jailed husband

"First, Crystal Harris was sexually assaulted by her husband — and now she’s being attacked once again by a California court ... Because of a bizarre legal loophole, Harris, 39, was ordered to pay $1,000 a month in spousal support to her now-ex, Shawn Harris."

Responding to Recent Violence in Custody Disputes

"Responding to the recent wave of violence set off by child custody disputes, Los Angeles Family Law Attorney Mark Baer blames family law litigation, a process that fans the flames of emotion."

‘Murder for Hire’ plot leads to local mother’s arrest

Link "
A Clarksville mother of twin boys was arrested for soliciting the murder of the boys’ father. Embroiled in a custody battle for the three year old male twins, CPD were notified December1 that Natalie Danielle Haines was soliciting to have Jack Louis Janes, age 30, murdered."

Sunday, December 04, 2011

FBI launches PSA in search for Newton mom

Link "The FBI is trying a public service announcement in its search for clues about a woman wanted for kidnapping her children two years ago from Newton and fleeing to Egypt ... the bureau began running a radio podcast about 41-year-old Mirvat Safwat Elnady, who vanished Aug. 11, 2009, after picking up her two sons during a scheduled weekly visit."

Jill Jones- Soderman and The Famiy Resolution Center Launches Research Project Concerning Parental Alienation And International Child Abduction

Link "Child abduction can be a tool of parental alienation as well as a sadistic attack on the parent meant to be thwarted. It can also be an attempt at rescuing a child at especially grave risk where the authorities have made incorrect decisions."

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Father charged in death of Red Deer infant Zaria McCall

Link "RCMP announced Friday that Julian Thomson has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of four-month-old Zaria McCall last weekend."

Mom (Yokeia Smith) unfit for trial in kids' shotgun deaths


Joe Chisholm’s 18-year search for his daughter finally comes to an end with Patricia O’Byrne’s arrest in B.C.

Link  "Sigourney Teresa Chisholm was known to all as Thea Whelan"

Friday, December 02, 2011

Mother, boyfriend charged in Cahokia child's death

Link "Starr Lohman, 24, and her current boyfriend, Lee D. Crutchfield, 33, were charged with three counts each of first-degree murder.

Delhi murder: custody battle looms

Link "On October 29, Niranjani Pillay was stabbed and strangled allegedly by her husband Sumit Handa at the rented flat they shared."

Accused mother (Vanessa Rincon) claims psychotic episode


Wilson County mom (Deborah Wen-Yee Mark) facing murder charge says she flung daughter


Saturday, November 26, 2011

B.C. murder plot spurred by anger over lengthy custody battle, Crown claims

Link "Liza Joylene Belcourt, David Dean Laidlaw and Jordan Joseph Doiron have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to murder Belcourt's ex-husband, Richard Noniewicz."

Link Jury finds woman conspired with hitmen to slay ex-husband

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Step-parents less likely to kill children than biological parents: study


Father sought for murder in NJ toddler's drowning

Link "The fugitive father (Arthur Morgan III) of a 2-year-old girl (Tierra Morgan-Glover) found dead in a car seat in a creek was charged with murder Wednesday after an autopsy showed she had drowned."

Dad banned from seeing child for 13 years

Link "The Family Court has banned the father of a five-year-old girl from seeing his daughter until she turns 18 by ruling that shared care would not work.
After a long legal battle, the court ruled it would be pointless to order shared care of the girl because the mother was determined to ignore court orders and destroy the daughter's relationship with her father."

No bond for officer accused of murder

Link "Jackson Police Detective Natyyo Gray, also known as Devon Whitfield, was denied bond at his initial court appearance Tuesday following the Sunday afternoon death of his 1-year-old daughter, Aubrey Brown. He is charged with capital murder after an autopsy showed Aubrey died of internal bleeding from severe blunt force trauma to the abdomen."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Calgary mother charged with an attempt to murder infant

Link "Meredith Katharine Borowiec, 30, of Calgary, is charged with one count each of attempted murder, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, child abandonment, and failure to provide the necessities of life for a child under 16."

Missouri baby reported missing from crib found murdered, mother "Shelby Dasher" in custody


Link "The mother of a 13-month-old boy who told police her son was missing has admitted beating him to death in a fit of rage after she couldn't get him to stop crying."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Woman (Amanda Kaye Porte) convicted of murder in death of 3-year-old


Articles About Men


Proposed New BC Divorce, Separation, Custody Laws put Child’s Best Interest Front and Centre

Link "New penalties against parents who fail to show up for their allotted time with a child, or withhold access from another parent. Sanctions range from counselling to the removal of the child, to up to 30 days in jail."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Haltom City mother gets seven years' probation in baby's death

Link "Under a plea agreement, Ashley Nicole Massey, 21, was sentenced to seven years' probation in the death of 2-month-old Elena Contreras. ... Elena's father, Alfonso Contreras Jr., 21, was convicted in June of capital murder and was automatically sentenced to life in prison."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

“Parental Alienation”

Link "... a parent who keeps their children away from the child or childrens other loving parent, (or grandparents) after separation, divorce, or in any situation are alienators and emotional abusers."

Parental Alienation: A Community Responds 2011

Link "On November 12, 2011 in Santa Monica, California there will be the 2nd Annual Conference presented by International Support Network for Alienated Families. The Key Note speaker will be Amy J. L. Baker PhD."

Teacher's murder 'a hit'

Link "The family of Chanelle Henning, who was locked in a custody battle with her husband, on Tuesday described how the mother of a little boy was followed by a motorcyclist a day before her gruesome death."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mom's boyfriend guilty in toddler's death

Link "A Lake County jury found David Tatara guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder in the death of toddler Blake Rupe, a tragedy that triggered an internal probe at the state Department of Children & Families."

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Man allegedly threw wife and daughters from fourth-floor balcony

Link v"Jerome Stephenson, 27, appeared in court Sunday, apparently uninjured but tearful and agitated in an orange prisoner’s jumpsuit, to be charged with three counts of attempted murder, three of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest and one of attempting to disarm a police officer."

Baby murder charge: Woman remanded

Link "Carly Jacques, of Netherhall Road, is accused of killing seven-month-old Skye Jacques on Sunday. It is believed Ms Jacques is the baby's mother."

Friday, November 04, 2011

Mom Charged In Toddler's Death

Link "Prosecutor Joe Deters said Latricia Jackson has been charged with child endangering in the death of DeMarcus Jackson. The boy's biological father, Antrone Smith, 29, is charged with murder."

State Seeks Death Penalty for Cumming Man (Christopher Erdman)


Thursday, November 03, 2011



Father’s Day tragedy: Mother, infant stabbed to death; boy’s dad (Bryan M. Ashline) held


Link Ashline guilty of all counts

Parental Alienation Discussion Group of Philadelphia


Carly Jacques in court charged with baby Skye's murder


Florence double murder case turned over to SLED, attorney general

Link "Hiral Gopaldas ... is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife, 30-year-old Punam Gopaldas, and mother-in-law, 56-year-old Vinaben Patel, at the family’s Country Club of South Carolina residence June 25."

Texas mother charged with murder in son’s (Camden Pierce Hughes) death in New England

" Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas was detained on Interstate 495 southbound and questioned by investigators from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts."

Link "McCrery case approaches end: Mother expected to plead guilty to murder of son"

Forest Hills mom’s (Mazoltuv Borukhova) murder-for-hire conviction upheld


Palmdale mother, boyfriend arrested; suspected in her toddler's beating death

Link Jennifer Zolorzano, 19, and Joe Hickman, 21, were both being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Toddler hit grandpa with toys while he killed her mom

Link "On Thursday, Miguel Renteria, 39, was charged with two counts of murder ..."

Son recalls killing father, tells Halifax court mother said ‘do it’

"Link He shot his dad, admitted 16-year-old Dylan Eugene Wynn to Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White Wednesday during his testimony in the murder trial of his mother, 36-year-old Connie Gayle Wynn, and 57-year-old Debra Kaye Scribner, his grandmother."

Dads hunt mom who vanished with kids

Link "Lloyd Myburg and Wesley Tissong, both formerly of Durban but now living in Australia, have launched an application in terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects on International Child Abduction to have their children Aaliyah Myburg, 7, and Dontae Tissong, 3, returned to them."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mother (Wanda Cieslak) charged with first-degree murder in Campbell County baby's death


Mother gets five years for killing partner

Link "A Mother of nine who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her partner in Carlow has been given a five-year custodial sentence. Anne Berry (43) admitted killing 36-year-old Anthony Riordan at his home in Barrow Mills, Graiguecullen in the early hours of 5 June 2009."

Sitter (Tammy Bouvette) charged with second-degree murder in toddler’s death

Link "Jason Teeple was studying at home in Cranbrook last May when he got a panicked call from his wife, Renee. Their 19-month-old-daughter, Iyanna, was hurt and he needed to get to the hospital. He dropped what he was doing and ran. It was too late for Iyanna."

Former same-sex partner is girl’s legal parent, not biological father: Court rules

Link "CALGARY — In a precedent-setting case, a Calgary judge has granted custody of an eight-year-old girl to a gay man over his former partner and biological father of the child."

Custody Deal for 2 Families After Killing

Link "The two families fighting for custody of two young boys whose mother (Nazish Noorani) was killed in New Jersey this summer will share the children for now, according to a temporary agreement approved on Monday by a Family Court judge in Brooklyn."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Child Abduction


Father's trial begins in toddler's death

Link "The trial began in the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday for Alexandro Baeza, 27, of Moreno Valley, charged with leaving his son Isaac Gallegos brain dead during a visitation at his home."

Link "A Riverside jury deliberated just shy of three hours before convicting 28-year-old Alexandro Alfonso Baeza of second-degree murder and assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury on Sept."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Police say Texas mother killed son, herself while estranged husband waited outside for boy

Link "Police said a former criminology professor fatally shot her 7-year-old son and then killed herself on Friday as police waited outside with her estranged husband, who was there to pick up the child after receiving court-ordered custody.

Less than an hour before the shooting, a jury granted Rodney McCall, 42, of Wylie, sole custody of Eryk Hayslett-McCall and terminated the parental rights of 43-year-old Karen Hayslett-McCall, The Dallas Morning News reported ( After the hearing, Rodney McCall, a former Wylie schoolteacher, called Sachse police and asked them to meet him at the house."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Community in shock over death of children

Link "Venolia Siwa appeared briefly in the Pampierstad Magistrate’s Court on five counts of murder following her arrest by police in connection with the killings."

Woman and mother jailed over husband's murder

Link " Coralie Coulter was sentenced to at least 18 years in jail for her son-in-law's murder, while her daughter Helen Ryan will spend at least 27 years in prison."

The Ultimate Hate Crime (Updated)


The Starting Over Show

Link Divorce Expo Eases Stress of Breaking Up.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Husband held for dowry death at Bicholim

Link "The mother and sister of the deceased had sought to take the custody of the Chopdekar's three-year-old and three-month-old daughters.

Putnam mother found guilty of killing daughter through neglect

Link "Jurors found Tracy Wright guilty of murder of a child by a parent by refusal or failure to supply necessities, and child neglect resulting in death."

Edmonton father gets seven years in prison for abusing autistic son


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mother in court over her toddler's murder

Link "Donna Deaves, 27, was arrested at Erina yesterday and charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder."

Woman who killed her baby in 1986 arrested in mom’s stabbing

Link "On Sept. 19, 1986, Penguelly drowned her 5-month-old daughter, Sharai, by throwing her into San Diego Bay."

Murder-suicide preceded by complaints, inquiry told


Young mother's dismembered body found in creek 1,200 miles from home

Link "A married couple allegedly murdered the husband's ex-girlfriend (Laura Ackerson) then drove her body 1,200 miles across the country where they hacked her apart and dumped her dismembered remains in a creek."
Link "Report: Ackerson's father seeking custody of kids."
Link "A Raleigh man accused of killing and dismembering the estranged mother of two of his sons allegedly sent an email inviting her to his home on the day that she was last seen alive... ."

Aunt pleads guilty to manslaughter


Monday, October 17, 2011

Tug of love mother refuses to reveal how she got her daughter out of Syria

Link "Louise Monaghan (36) and her six-year-old daughter May Assad Monaghan flew into Dublin on Saturday night after being reunited in Syria earlier in the week."

Questions and Doubts Surrounding Parental Alienation Syndrome


Mother pleads 'no contest' in West Covina abduction case

Link "Teresa Luise Smith, also known as Teresa Smith Selvage, entered the plea at what was scheduled to be her preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Estranged husband (Curtis Lopez) arrested in Md. mother Jane McQuain's murder, son still missing


Mother charged in disappearance of Ont.toddler


"Arrested Friday and charged with criminal negligence causing death, accessory after the fact to murder and indignity to human remains is Roseanne Whalen.

On Thursday, police arrested Rainbow E. Hill, 28, also of Fort Erie. She is charged with second-degree murder."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Parental Alienation Disorder Leaps into Mental Health History with the American Psychiatric Association


Visitation Rights

Link "Illinois is poised to enforce visitation orders the same way it enforces child support orders. A bill known as the Stephen Walking memorial bill would become the countries most stringent enforcement mechanism for non custodial parents if enacted by law. In a nutshell, parents who don’t let their former spouses see their children will now have to face the consequences."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Infanticide defence stands — top court declines to hear case


Lodi mother (Christine Leach) who crashed into train appears in court


Victims of Another War The Aftermath of Parental Alienation


Does the LGBT Community Have a 'Peter Pan' Syndrome?

Link "  By Mike Ruiz: The hot topic on everyone's lips these days is teenage bullying. Having been subjected to it myself during my youth, I feel compelled to do everything in my ability to end the cycle of despair that it causes. This includes battling another, very prevalent form of bullying to which I have recently been exposed, known as parental alienation. My partner of two years, Martin Berusch, has two wonderful children whom he loves with more fervor than I have ever witnessed. In the case of parental alienation that Martin is enduring, Christian dogma is being used as a tool to prevent him from seeing his own children."

Not Your Dad’s Divorce

How changes in child-support laws, and a push by fathers for equal time, are transforming the way this generation of ex-spouses raise their children.

By Susanna Schrobsdorff | Newsweek Web Exclusive

Signs A Child is Being Alienated From Non Custodial Parent


The Angry Kid: Parental Alienation & Divorce


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Logger Danny Dimm killed in accident

Link "Dimm fought his former wife, Wendi Bartell Dimm, for custody of their son for nearly five years in Canada and the U.S. In July of this year, Dimm successfully obtained full custody and full guardianship of Timber. That decision was handed down in Provincial Court in Kamloops. In September, 2010, a Minnesota court had ruled that British Columbia was the appropriate jurisdiction to hear matters related to the custody of the boy."

Quebec mom charged with attempted murder of children

Link Catherine Dufresne charged with murdering seven-year-old daughter Sophie Fitzpatrick

Emotions run high as Kraig Kahler is sentenced to death

Link "James Kraig Kahler smiles while being sentenced Tuesday in the Osage County District Courtroom in Lyndon, Kan. A judge sentenced Kahler to death for fatally shooting his estranged wife, their two daughters and his wife's grandmother and then ordered him to stay in court and listen to his victims' relatives talk about the pain he caused them. Kahler was convicted in August in the 2009 killings"

Trial starts with different portraits of Aveion Lewis' mother

Link "Jurors in Morgan Lockett's first-degree murder and child abuse case got starkly contrasting introductions to her as her trial began Tuesday in Roanoke Circuit Court."

Domestic Violence Law Repealed By Lawmakers In Topeka, Kansas

Link "I am dead against domestic violence of any sort, however, I find using a stock photo image of a professional model, purchased from Alamy, to support your article, not to my liking."

Family members say woman (Shauna Marie Malo) did not starve her baby


Munt surrenders custody of children

Link "Joel Munt was sent to prison Friday after voluntarily terminating custody of his three children. The children, all younger than age 10 at the time, watched as Munt shot their mother and his ex-wife, Svetlana Munt, in Rasmussen Woods in March 2010."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Family of slain New Jersey mother fight for custody of her children from parents of man who 'arranged her killing'

Link "The sons of Nazish Noorani, 27, who was shot dead in a hail of bullets while walking with her husband Kashif Parvaiz and three-year-old on August 16, were taken into custody by her husband's parents."

Man released in Wakefield girl blaze probe LATEST - Central Leeds - Yorkshire Evening Post

Link "The 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Isobel Dobson after she died in the blaze at Hessle Farm, Wragby, near Wakefield, on Friday."

Monday, October 03, 2011

Baby killer Katrina Effert walks

Other cases of newborn deaths in Alberta:

• March 19, 2008 — Naomi Jessica Russell-Simpson, 21, left her newborn baby in a plastic bag under a bed in her Edmonton home. An autopsy later determined the baby had been born alive with no birth defects or obvious injuries. Russell-Simpson was handed an 18-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty to failing to obtain assistance in childbirth and concealing the body of a child.

• In 2000, Calgary’s Leanne Wise, 27, pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of a human body and was given 18 months. Wise was at home when it was reported she went to the washroom for a long time. When she emerged, people in the home noticed she had something wrapped in plastic under her housecoat. When questioned by her husband, Wise said she had passed a tumour. The medical examiner said the baby could have been stillborn, or he could have been born alive and “smothered with a towel or pillow.”

• In 1999, a family out for a drive discovered the badly decomposed remains of a baby boy in a ditch near Ponoka. The identity of the mother has never been discovered.

• Shelley Netter, 26, left her baby daughter in a garbage bag on her Edmonton doorstep. Originally charged with infanticide, but received a three-year suspended sentence in 1998 after pleading guilty to failing to provide the necessities of life.

• In 1998, Liza Santos strangled her seven-week-old baby at home in Calgary, thinking she was protecting him from demons. Charged with second-degree murder but found not criminally responsible due to mental disorder.

• Melanie Sheila Murphy, 21, left her baby daughter in a garbage bag at the college she was attending in Camrose. She was given a suspended sentence for infanticide in 1998 and ordered to perform 75 hours of community service.

Ruling on infant death riles anti-abortionists

"More than six years and two jury trials after 19-year-old Katrina Effert gave birth to a boy in her parents’ basement after a secret pregnancy, strangled him with thong underwear and tossed his body, wrapped in a towel, into a neighbour’s yard in Wetaskiwin, Alta., the Court of Appeal of Alberta last week sentenced her to time served for improper disposal of a body. With a suspended sentence for the infanticide, she is now “a quiet young woman going about her life,” and working in her mother’s hair salon, her lawyer Peter Royal said yesterday."

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Clayton man killed woman, then shot self but survived, police say |

Link "Charles Dewayne Walston, 38, now faces a murder charge in the death of Balvina Santiago-Denava ...."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Life lesson comes back to bite P.E.I. father

Link I do not know all the circumstances, however, on the face of it, I believe the Judge went too far.

Fighting for Fathers


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

After hunting for three years, U.K. father finds his missing daughter in Montreal

Link "Pearl Da Massa was told she did not have a father. She was instructed to tell strangers her name was “Belle Flaherty.” For three years she cycled through Mexican hostels, Texas bus stations and Toronto group shelters with her mother, trying to keep one step ahead of an international police hunt."

Monday, September 26, 2011


Link "Lisa Stark, 30, has barely seen her sons, Adam, 10, and Omar, seven, over the past four years, following the collapse of her marriage to their Libyan father."

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Baby's father charged with child abductionx

Link "After an argument, ( Collin James Lawrence) allegedly took his child forcibly from its mother ... and drove hundreds of kilometres away ..."

Father surprised by abduction charge Link
"He has been charged with child abduction under a section of the Criminal Code that prohibits one parent from depriving the other parent of the child when both have lawful custody of that child, Crown attorney Leigh-Ann Bryson said Friday. The offence carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence."

The long road from surviving to thriving


Canadians for Family Law Reform public meeting


Mother Arrested In Connection To Son's Death

"Homicide Unit Detectives have charged James Gregory Cleveland, with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury or Mental or Emotional Injury and Murder in relation to the death of Demytre Rashaad Pendleton."

"Police have arrested Ariacna Janet Romero, and charged her with Accessory after the Fact (Felony) in relation to the murder of her son, Demytre Rashaad Pendleton Jr."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Illinois Bill Would Treat Visitation Same as Child Support


Mother (Chantelle Blake) in court charged with murder


Parents (Tina Hanna Lefty Hodge) Charged in Death of Baby


Oklahoma mother charged in her baby's death

Link "About three hours after the boy's body was found Tuesday, police took his mother, Hillary Tyler, 31, of Mulhall, Okla., into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder."

Beauchamp charged with murder of two children found in Delray Beach canal

Link  "The prime suspect (  Clem Beauchamp ) in the deaths of two children (  Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra Allen, 6 ) whose bodies were found floating inside luggage in a canal in March was charged Thursday with their premeditated murders."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Clifton father reunited with his son -

Link "Justice Eric Macklin, a judge of the Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench, ruled last month that the child's mother, Ginger Spearman-Lambert, 26, had not shown in court that the boy's father, James Spearman, 28, was aware of her intention to keep the child in Canada for more than two months."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Richard Chekevdia

"A boy (Richard Chekevdia,) allegedly abducted in a custody dispute nearly two years ago has turned up alive, hiding with his mother in a small, specially built secret room at his grandmother's Illinois home, investigators said."

Link "A southern Illinois woman who authorities say hid her young son, often in a crawl space, for nearly two years as part of a custody dispute has been ordered to spend two years on probation without more jail time.Shannon Wilfong, 32, pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County to five misdemeanors.... Wilfong was sentenced to $1,500 in fines and 30 days in jail – a judge credited her with time she already has served – on that count and fines of $100 on each of four counts of unlawful interference with child visitation.Wilfong's mother, Diane Dobbs, also pleaded guilty to obstruction and escaped additional jail time when the judge credited her with the 12 days she'd already been behind bars. Dobbs, 53, was fined $1,000.

A note on the Vicky Haigh case


A cautionary lesson: the Vicky Haigh and Liz Watson judgments


President of Family Division’s press release on paedophile allegations case


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mother Killed, Child Abducted

Link "Authorities have arrested a man (Keith Neal,) after a deadly shooting and abduction ... police said 2-month-old Nariyaz Keytasia Neal was taken from Merrywood Drive in Greenwood about 3:50 p.m. Monday after a shooting ... the baby's mother, Kaybreshia Timpson, was shot once inside her car and again outside it, where she died."

Older brother of slain toddler was removed from mother's custody

Link "The mother of a toddler who died of head injuries last week has an older son who was removed from her custody because she neglected him... the younger child, Kamden Lee Bailey, 14 months, died Friday at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth ... Rodney Pettigrew, 24, of Springtown was arrested Friday by Parker County officials, who identified him as the boyfriend of Kamden's mother. Officials have not named the mother."

Man fatally stabbed in neck wanted custody of girl, court told

Link "The mother, dabbing away tears, also described a profanity-laced exchange between her son Ludlow Jermaine Gillespie and Melissa Lewis two months before Lewis allegedly stabbed him in the neck while he was driving."
Link "Melissa Lewis acquitted of murder charges in stabbing death of boyfriend"

The voice of the child in family court


Stronger laws to deal with international child abduction


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mother's boyfriend pleads guilty of South Roxana boy's murder

"The boyfriend, 34-year-old Sean Starwalt, pleaded guilty in Edwardsville Thursday of first-degree murder, admitting he had beaten Jeremiah. Starwalt entered the plea in return for prosecutors' agreement to ask for a prison term of no more than 48 years when he is sentenced later. Jeremiah's mother, Patricia Cage, has also been charged with first-degree murder. Her trial is pending."

Father? What Father?


Parental Alienation Syndrome

Link "Grandparents, Too

One of the tell-tale signs of potential Parental Alienation Syndrome is when the alienating parent prevents the children from having any relationship with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on the target parent’s side. The alienating parent may malign the grandparents to the point where the children resist forming a relationship with them or they might set up impenetrable blocks to visits with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. In cases where target parents are cut off (such as when the alienating parent moves to another state or country) they’ll cut off the extended family, too."

Friday, September 16, 2011

International Anguish: A father’s fight to find his daughter

"After more than three years, an international legal battle, countless sleepless nights and two trips to Brazil, Michael Sanchez's battle to play a role in his 6-year-old daughter Emily Machado's upbringing still isn’t quite over yet."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

‘It will always be there’ - Local - The Western Star

"However, as Jeffery Tippett was led away to serve the remainder of that time — having been credited with 298 days time served for the 149 days he has spent in pre-sentence custody, Tameron’s mother Maria, and his grandmother, Evelyn Rose, were left to wonder still about what really happened on Jan. 30, 2007.

"Seaborn’s decision is similar to two previous sentences from the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador for manslaughter involving the deaths of infants.

In 2000, Michael John Brake of Corner Brook was convicted of killing his six-week-old son with a single blow to the head that resulted in similar injuries as those suffered by Tameron Rose. Although initially sentenced to 18 months, an appeal by the Crown resulted in that sentence being increased to five years.

In 2003, Lawrence Philip Dyke was sentenced in a St. John’s courtroom to five years for killing his nine-month-old daughter.

In both of those cases, Brake and Dyke had become frustrated with their own children. Brake, who pleaded guilty, admitted to striking his son with the palm of his hand, while Dyke, who was found guilty by a jury, threw his daughter to the floor."

Mother (Neibi Brito) of 3 facing murder charges after meth fire - News Story - WSB Atlanta


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Abduction law to punish fly-away dads and mothers

Link One would normally say "mothers and fathers".

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Montgomery County woman (Melissa Haskell) held in 19-year-old death of King of Prussia infant


Man wrote note before killing ex, self

Link: A man (Clint Walley) who shot dead the mother of his 2-year-old girl before killing himself had sent a handwritten note to journalists shortly before the tragedy unfolded.

Funeral services set for 10-year-old girl killed by father |

Link "Adam Parcells, 29 of Hilton, turned the gun on himself after killing his daughters inside their tent at a campground near Lake George."

Dad stands up for his parental rights

Perhaps times are changing. Link

Friday, September 09, 2011

Civil conspiracy claims in family law

I guess the reason we need lawyers is so that they can interpret, for non-lawyers, the things that judges and other lawyers say.

Slater & Gordon launches fixed fee service for family law


New guidelines for same-sex parenting and custody

If parents do break up, she said, going to court is damaging financially and emotionally. And it can destroy the couple’s ability to work together as parents.

There have been a number of recent cases across the country in which a biological or adoptive parent tries to claim the other parent has no parental rights. Best known among them is the case of Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller, which has grabbed national headlines. Miller, the biological mother, asked courts in both Virginia and Vermont to deny Jenkins visitation and custody, and has taken issues to the U.S. Supreme Court five times, without success each time.

Miller was eventually ruled in contempt of court for defying a Vermont court order that she allow Jenkins visitation. The court then granted legal custody to Jenkins. But Miller went hiding with the girl at the end of 2009, and a man accused of helping her leave the U.S. was arraigned in a federal court in April.



Judge Dissolves Civil Union in Custody Fight - New York Times:

"family court judge in Vermont on Friday dissolved a civil union between two women whose fight over their daughter had attracted national attention and for a time put a judge in Virginia at odds with one in Vermont over whether a child can have two mothers.

The Vermont judge, William D. Cohen of Rutland Family Court, affirmed that the two women were legal parents of Isabella Miller-Jenkins, 5. But Judge Cohen awarded sole physical and legal custody of Isabella to her biological mother, Lisa Miller."

Swedish Dad (Magnus Norinder) Can Bring His Son Back Home


Monday, September 05, 2011

Okla. probe to look at girl's (Serenity Deal) case before death


Oklahoma DHS Releases Report On Toddler (Serenity Deal) Allegedly Killed By Father


Grandparents of slain 5-year-old girl are granted custody of unborn grandchild

"Samantha Deal is the mother of Serenity Deal, 5, who died less than a month after child welfare workers recommended she live with her father, Sean Devon Brooks, 32. Brooks is accused of beating his daughter, and faces a first-degree murder charge in Oklahoma County District Court in connection with Serenity's June 4 death"

Girl placed with Oklahoma City father despite reports of black eyes and bruised body

"Serenity Anne Deal died of a severe head injury less than a month after she moved in with her father, Sean Devon Brooks, 31."

Parental Child Abduction


A Divorce Strategy to Minimize Parental Alienation


Saturday, September 03, 2011

Belfield murder suspect in custody

Link "Law enforcement officials said at 5:45 tonight that Dirk Huber, who was charged with murdering the 39-year-old mother of his child in Belfield, is in custody."

Mother charged in death of 2-year-old son in Binghamton

Link "Veronica Taft had loud parties in her Fayette Street apartment in the days and weeks after her 2-year-old son, Lyric, died there, neighbors said."

Women's rights push dads aside


Friday, September 02, 2011

Bonnie Hower Murder: Mother Tells of Family's Abuse, Grief


Mother held in stabbing death of children

Link "Police took Chanthy Mao, 27, identified as a recent immigrant from Cambodia, into custody after she underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported."

Mother Charged In Hatchet Killings - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Link "Naiyana Patel was charged with two counts of first-degree murder"

Mother Shoots Kills Two Children, Hits Pedestrians While Fleeing

Link "Yokeia Smith, a young mother from East St. Louis, III., shot dead her two children and fled the scene in her car, police said."

Motive for baby’s abduction and beating still a mystery

Link "No one will ever know why Nikita Eaglestick abducted a 13-month-old baby girl from a Winnipeg home and repeatedly smashed her face into the pavement."

Increase in shared care shows benefits of Family Law


Fathers Day present from hell


Runcorn family solicitor issues warning over new rules on divorce payouts


Sitting in on Family Law Hearings


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eric Durand found guilty - again - for murder of Brendon Camara


Lenghty Prison Sentence Doled Out For Murder Of Dublin Woman - News Story - KTVU San Francisco

Link"Prosecutor Casey Bates told jurors during the trial that Rosa Hill and Li went to Selma Hill's home, where Eric Hill and the couple's then-2-year-old daughter also lived, as part of a plot to kidnap the daughter. Rosa Hill and Eric Hill, who later divorced, were separated at the time and he had been awarded sole legal custody and 85 percent physical custody of the daughter."

With Who? on Your Side

Link "Unfortunately, my (the author's) experience in the Family Court has been that judges (and the social workers assigned to the cases by the court) are reluctant to identify a situation as parental alienation. In those rare cases when they do, they are loathe to take strong steps to intervene effectively to limit the parental alienation in general. Nor have I seen that they are willing to openly confront the use of the gap in religious observance as justification for alienation, and call it for what it is."

Monday, August 29, 2011

Jailed 4 Days In Custody Battle

Link "On Aug. 11, Jefferson County District Court Magistrate Chris Voisinet ordered Catherine Keske, 40, to serve 90 days in jail after her ex-husband, Jeffrey Handley, complained that Keske interfered with his ability to communicate with one of the couple's sons by failing to provide the boy with his own cellphone and an unmonitored email account,Westword reported Monday."

Fix sought for family law - The Sarnia Observer - Ontario, CA


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Troubled Port Wentworth marriage ends in murder

Link These people were beyond "troubled".

Lakeland Woman Creating Film to Help Parents and Kids

Link "Danica Fields of Lakeland is surround by three of her sons and her ex-husband, Sean Foxen. Fields is filming a documentary about the risks of parental alienation that can result from some custody battles."

Vicky Haigh Case Raises Important Issues


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mother Indicted On Murder, Neglect Charges

Link "23-year-old Arnes'a Hart, who now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, was taken into custody during a visit to Nashville on Thursday."

Godmother nabbed in California for murder of baby -

Link "Mariann Harris is now behind bars at the San Benardino County Jail. The 23-year-old was nabbed late Wedneday night at a family members home in Victorville, CA."

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mother (Sonia Hermosillo) Charged With Murder in Baby's Fall From Parking Structure

Link "A mother accused of pushing her baby from a parking structure in Orange now faces a murder charge after the 7-month old boy died Wednesday morning."

Timothy Giles pleads not guilty in deaths of Harristown mother, daughter


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mother fights to get boys back, fears for their safety

Link "When Silverton resident Trisha Conlon tells her story, with all its bizarre twists and turns, she tells it from her heart."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Child abuse survivor can return to Texas - Miami-Dade -

Link "Victor Barahona, whose twin sister was killed after allegedly enduring years of horrific abuse, will return to Texas to live with an uncle who wants to adopt and raise him."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mother (Sarah Bentley Johnson) faces murder charge in death of 3-week-old girl | Anchorage Daily News - The News Tribune


Target in Facebook murder-for-hire case shot to death

Link "Even with the people accused of plotting to kill him behind bars, Corey White wasn't safe. In May, White was the target of an alleged Facebook murder-for-hire plot, allegedly arranged by the mother of his 3-year-old daughter. ..."

Police: Father Killed Daughter, Then Himself

Link "Police ...told The Gleaner that the bodies of 43-year-old Matthew Bias and 7-year-old Annaliese Grace Bias were found Tuesday ..."

Oswego murder-suicide preceded by history of violence - Beacon News

Link "Daniel Kiefer, 39, ... shot his sometime girlfriend Brandi Jo Murphy, 38, and then killed himself, according to Oswego police.

Porn Heir Denies Murder In Face Of Sentencing

Link "After scathing comments by the mother of his deceased ex-girlfriend, James Mitchell, heir to the Mitchell Brothers adult film and theater business, asserted he did not kill 29-year-old Danielle Keller two years ago on the couple's daughter's first birthday."

Sunday, August 14, 2011

State to seek death penalty in mother's murder case

Link "Julie Schenecker, 50, of Tampa is accused of fatally shooting her two children, 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau, in January."