Saturday, July 30, 2011

Phoenix girl's death in footlocker horrifies mom

Link "Shirley Deal fled from what she described as an abusive household several years ago, only to learn Friday that the 10-year-old daughter she left behind perished in that same household."

Friday, July 29, 2011

Custody settled after Fargo slaying

Link Roy Gattuso, brother of the slain Philip Gattuso, has been granted permanent custody of 4-year-old Kennedy Gattuso.
Link Kirkpatrick's trial is family’s ‘only closure,’ Gattuso's brother says
Link Kirkpatrick "surprised" by guilty verdicts in murder conspiracy trial

Skelton's plea deal leaves door open for murder charge in Morenci boys' disappearance

Link " John Skelton pleaded no contest to charges of unlawful imprisonment, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Under a plea deal, charges of kidnapping -- punishable by up to life in prison -- were dismissed."

Campbell River man charged with murder of his seven-year-old son

Link "Brent Allan Warren appeared in Campbell River provincial court Thursday. He is to remain in custody until his next scheduled court appearance Aug. 8."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ethan Stacy Beaten to Death, Locked in Room While Couple Got Married, Say Police

Link Nathan Sloop in court; preliminary hearings scheduled

Sheriff: Charges pending in death of Hawkins girl

Link "Lawson said Wednesday he believes those injuries were caused by Amber Beth Gibson, 25, who lived with Emily's father, Eric Barnard, in a camper on Barnard Road in the Mooresburg community of Hawkins County."

Is The Playing Field Level For Men In The Family Court System?


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quebec mom (Cathie Gauthier) convicted of murdering 3 kids plans appeal

Link "Court denies appeal for Quebec mother found guilty of killing."

Threat to shared parenting

Link "PROPOSED changes to widen the definition of domestic violence will slash shared-parenting rights and flood the courts, a lawyer says."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Carsner Found Guilty Of Capital Murder

Link "An El Paso jury has found Laura Carsner guilty of capital murder just shy of two years after she shot and killed her mother and stepfather in the back yard of their northeast El Paso home."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Father (Hli Wie) charged after 6-year-old son, two others shot dead in Greensboro

Link "A man is in police custody after his 6-year-old son and two adult friends of the family were found shot dead in a Greensboro apartment complex early Thursday."

Wahiawa doctor accused in murder for hire plot declared fit for trial

Link "Dennis Ayon is accused of criminal solicitation."

Mother not responsible for attacks

Link "The 36-year-old, who can't be named to protect the identities of her victims, appeared in court Thursday on several charges, including multiple counts of attempted murder. She admitted to attacking her four-month-old and nine-year-old sons and sister, 32, with a knife in an unprovoked rampage at her downtown apartment in June 2010."

Two boys slain; mother committed suicide before area fire

Link "The bodies of Jordan M. Shepard, 11, Jake R. Shepard, 9, and Jennifer L. Shepard, 36, were found in the burned home, according to a statement issued by Sheriff Tom Templeton and Coroner Jody Bernard. The fire was the result of arson, they said."

Police: Mom admits hiding girl's body, gives conflicting versions of death

Link "Franklin County State's Attorney Evan Owens announced Thursday morning that formal charges have been filed against Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin of West Frankfort in connection with the death of her 8-year-old daughter."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mediation, Media, and Misunderstanding

Link "On July 18 the Attorney General of Ontario began to implement a new program designed to encourage individuals to pursue mediation and avoid lengthy and expensive court battles when getting a divorce. Any couple who is seeking a divorce will now be required to attend a mandatory mediation information session. The importance of this new program was marred, however, by the misconceptions which surrounded its announcement."

Is Collaborative Divorce a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?


Revenue Canada rule on child benefits upsets dad Benefits now go to common-law spouse

Link "An Ottawa-area father (Yannick Cloutier) who raised two children on his own for eight years claims the Canada Revenue Agency stripped him of child tax benefits after he moved in with a common-law spouse."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family Court chief Diana Bryant says coercion is often of more concern than physical abuse

Link Alas, no mention of the damage done by false accusations and parental alienation.

The New Battleground of Child Custody Reform: Shared Parenting


Father charged with murder for son's death, warrant issued for mother's arrest

Link "Prosecutors in Wagoner County charged 21-year-old Mark Nichols with first degree murder Tuesday for the death of his 15-month-old son on July 14. ... The boy's mother, 19-year-old Lacie Nichols, was charged with enabling child neglect and a warrant for her arrest was issued."

Sherrill residents mourn stabbing death of 6-year-old Lauren Belius


Family petitions for custody of slain woman's kids

Link "Matt Leili, 43, has been named a suspect in the death of his wife, Nique Leili, whose body was found under a pile of leaves in the couple's Lawrenceville neighborhood over the weekend."

A Dad's Fight Against International Child Abduction

Link "One such dad is George Petroutsas, who is trying to get his son, Andoni rightfully returned to him from the child’s mother who is holding him in Greece."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Police arrest man suspected of stabbing mother to death

Link "Frankie Salvatore Pascarelli was arrested after police found his mother stabbed to death in her home. Charges are pending."

Vinton man sought in attack on mother in police custody

Link "Dean Austin Selbe of Vinton has been charged with attempted murder following a Monday morning attack on his mother, police said."

SDPD Detective, Daughter Killed in Double Homicide in Rancho Peñasquitos

Link "Brian Williams was taken into custody without incident"

Kids with two parents need both, even in breakup

Link "The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against Michele Hobbs, a lesbian “social mom,” in her desire to co-parent the child she helped raise from birth. She and biological mom Kelly Mullen agreed to raise a child together, sought out a sperm donor and shared the parenting from the birth of their now-five-year-old daughter, Lucy. The court’s ruling means that Lucy might never see the woman she calls “momma.” It is a mistake."

Quebec man says wife kidnapped daughter, took her to Lebanon

Link "Mitch Yunes told that he gave permission to his former wife, Rania El Wahidy, to take their 6-year-old daughter to Lebanon for a wedding in February, but the pair has not returned. "

Your Choice: Marriage or Bankrupt Big Government?


Monday, July 18, 2011

Other Voices: The damage of parental alienation not always obvious

Link "If alienation is determined to be taking place, swift action such as fines, jail time, or drastic alterations in visitation should be utilized. Simply telling parents to “not do that again” has little effect in the emotional time of a divorce where clear thinking is difficult for anyone."

Children 'used as pawns' in disputes

Link "Separated parents are using their children as pawns in disputes over new partners during the summer holidays, according to family lawyers."

Why to stay positive in your communication with your ex!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Ontario divorce rules aim to avoid courts

Link "Starting Monday, every Ontario couple hoping to end their marriage will have to attend an information session on alternatives to going to court and will have the option to meet for mediation before getting a divorce."

This would seem to be a futile idea if children are involved ... a divorce is often preceded by a separation ... part of the separation procedure involves establishing the principal residence of any children of the marriage ... that residency most often goes to the mother ... once this becomes the status quo the father is a second class citizen ... leave it to lawyers to screw things up.

Divorce Act reforms could be coming down the pipe


Woman (Erica Denise Kelly) pleads not guilty to murdering baby


Link  Mother of Dismembered Baby on Trial
Link Union County mom gets 13 years for death of newborn girl
Link Prison for three in Danieal Kelly's death

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Custody trial opens for Texas preacher's kids

" Matt Baker is serving a 65-year prison term for murder in the 2006 death of his wife, Kari, whose parents are suing for custody of the couple's two daughters."
Link "Matt Baker's girls suffer from emotional abuse, according to doctors."
Link "Jurors in custody fight hear from traumatized teen."
Link "Jury sides with Dulins, takes away Matt Baker's parental rights."

Action Alert: Parental Alienation Still Under Consideration for DSM-5, Your Comments Needed


Other Voices: The damage of parental alienation not always obvious


Friday, July 15, 2011

How exactly does joint custody work? Can you change your mind?


Mother of starved Bangor girl allowed reduced supervision

Link "Tonia Kigas Porter, 46, was committed indefinitely to the then-Augusta Mental Health Institute in the spring of 1995 after being found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in the November 1993 death of her daughter, Tavielle Kigas."

Mother charged with murder in son's death

Link "On Sunday, Shannon Shmir Merriman called 911 to report that her 1-year-old son had slipped and hit his head at her apartment on High Meadow Lane, in southwest Charlotte."

Mother killed, daughter hurt in stabbing

Link "PASADENA, Md. - At mid-day, the distraught daughter of Jill Salb returned to her home with her arm wrapped in bandages---evidence of a struggle not for her life, but for that of her mother."

Lesley Dunford in court charged with daughter's murder

Link "A woman has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of her three-year-old daughter in East Sussex more than seven years ago."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dad who shook 17-day old baby to death jailed

Link "A STRESSED father who shook his baby daughter so violently she died two days later in hospital was today jailed for 7 1/2 years for her manslaughter."

Woman, 32, admits brutal knife attack on mother

Link "Lisa Traves had previously denied murdering her mother Priscilla Traves, 61, on Sunday, November 14 last year, but changed her plea to guilty when she appeared before Lincoln Crown Court yesterday."

Monday, July 11, 2011

How To Fight Parental Alienation

Link "If you've been systematically pushed out of your child’s life by a former partner who repeatedly criticizes and deprecates you in front of your child, then you are all too familiar with parental alienation.

Itai Ben Dror convicted of murdering his 3 young children

Link "Itai Ben Dror was convicted in a Petach Tikvah courtroom on Sunday of murdering his three young children."

Child rapist told jurors Mead first shot pregnant girlfriend by mistake

Link "Testimony by a convicted child rapist could explain Michael Mead’s motive for killing his pregnant fiancée, according to prosecutors in the capital murder trial."

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Abandoned boy to stay in foster care for now

Link "Angel Flores, the 4-year-old found alone on Interstate 20 near Sweetwater last week, will remain in foster care after a custody hearing Thursday morning at the Nolan County Courthouse."

'They tagged me Abby Podmore) a murderer': Fury of grieving mother accused of killing her toddler son who died of natural causes

Link "A young mother whose son had been sent home from hospital despite being desperately ill with pneumonia was devastated to find him dead in his bed."

Elisa Baker to face court for Zahra murder

Link "The American woman accused of murdering Australian schoolgirl Zahra Baker is due to appear in a North Carolina court on Tuesday."

Naples lawyer, father accused of zip tying up daughter gets custody of younger girl

Link "Last month, Collier Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie sided with the father, Jon Parrish, agreeing with two impartial third-party experts. The mother, Julie Price, was offered supervised visits but declined."

Friday, July 08, 2011

Shaniya Davis

Link Editorial: A precious life cut short

Link Mother (Antoinette Davis) may be charged with murder

Link  The mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis was indicted Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder, rape of a child and human trafficking.

Create parental ‘no-fly list’ to block child abductions: U.S. report

"Could the creation of a “no-fly list” for some parents be a way to thwart child abductions out of this country?"

Father of Crystal Mangum's kids seeks custody

"Richard Ramseier, the father, wants to bring the kids to live with him in West Virginia."

Fargo mom faces abuse charges after threatening to kill her three children

"Police received a disturbing call from the boyfriend of Virginia Mara Adams two months ago. He had gotten a text message from Adams in which the Fargo woman said she was depressed and planned to kill herself and her three children, ages 6, 4 and 3."

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Texas mother (Katherine Nadal) gets 99 years for mutilating son

Mutilated boy's horror turned into hope
Just before he hits puberty Holden will face extensive and expensive reconstructive surgery, estimated to cost at least half a million dollars.To help pay for it, strangers, well-wishers, family and friends have donated $300,000 so far.

Pa. dad on trial in starvation death in mom's home

"Daniel Kelly's felony trial marks the apparent end to a 2006 child-neglect death that rocked the city's child-welfare system and led to the criminal convictions of nearly a dozen social workers and administrators. Two city health officials were ousted."

Bloomfield man to be arraigned for estranged wife's murder in Montclair

"The arraignment of Khalid Khan, 42, for the murder of Shazmina Khan, 31, will be conducted by Superior Court Judge Peter Vazquez in Newark."

Michael James Smith to be charged

"A 36-year-old Port Huron man is expected to be arraigned today on four charges after police said he assaulted his child's mother and grandmother before taking his 1-year-old daughter Monday morning."

Sykesville man to serve 60 years for baby's murder

"Donald Ray Pevia Jr. was sentenced to 60 years in prison Tuesday afternoon after being convicted of charges in April including second-degree murder."

Novato Murder Trial Winds Down

"Suspect James Mitchell said he did not kill his ex-girlfriend Danielle Keller in Novato in July 12, 2009, the day their baby daughter turned 1 year old."

Why was Casey Anthony let off?

"Opening statements under way in Casey Anthony trial."
"A Florida jury on Tuesday handed a not guilty verdict in the case of Casey Anthony, accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008, in a case that has gripped the United States."
"Apparently what nailed the prosecution attorney Jeff Ashton was the fact that he could never conclusively establish Casey's motive for killing daughter Caylee. The jury members did not have the 'burden of proof' while they had many reasonable doubts, it is argued."

The Fresh Air Fund

"A worthy cause.

Japanese exchange student acquitted in relation to death of newborn

"VICTORIA — A B.C. Supreme Court jury has found Japanese exchange student Narumi Bito not guilty in relation to the death of her newborn baby."

A Father's Fiery Rage Against the Cold Machine

"On the day in mid-June on which New Hampshire father Thomas Ball set himself on fire outside a courthouse, he expected to be jailed for the child support he could not pay after two years of joblessness. Ball wrote a long, rambling, anguished letter for the local newspaper, explaining what he had concluded about the family-law system in the ten years before he took his life."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mother a Primary Suspect in Murder of Infant

"A 21-year-old woman is being detained due to suspicion of killing her newborn child; the police found the baby in a dumpster on Laugavegur in Reykjavík on Saturday."

International parental abductions are on the rise, and many of the children never return

WASHINGTON — For nine gut-wrenching years, Texan Greg Allen has been trying to track down his daughter after her mother absconded to Mexico with the 4-year-old during a rare unsupervised visit after the couple's contentious divorce.

Quebec doctor (Guy Turcotte) charged with murder gets trial date

Jury selection starts in child-killing case
Turcotte not criminally responsible for children’s deaths

Monday, July 04, 2011

Ken Clarke targeted by 'fathers' rights' Batman activist

"A video, uploaded to YouTube, shows 43-year-old Garry Roe, dressed as Batman, confronting Mr Clarke at his home in West Bridgford, Nottingham."

Guide: What every Pa. woman should know about divorce

"These and other questions are answered in "What Every Woman in Pennsylvania Should Know About Divorce," a recently published free guide authored by Attorney Connie Merwine ..."

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Charges laid in toddler's death

"T-Jaye Heller, 31, is facing charges of first-degree murder, sexual assault, sexual interference, and interference with a dead body."

Mother Yvonne Freaney who strangled autistic son spared jail

"Yvonne Freaney was spared prison and given a three-year supervision order yesterday FRI for killing 11-year-old Glen, after Mr Justice Wyn Williams told the mum of four: “I am convinced you have been punished enough.”

Christie Blatchford: We’re failing our most vulnerable

"The 15-year-old, who has a serious intellectual disability as well as physical problems ... was spotted huddled against her mother’s decomposing body..."

Mother found guilty in toddler's overdose death, gets life sentence

"Jury finds Jennifer Elizabeth Hannah, 33, gave drugs to her daughter."

Michigan pair charged in death of 3-year-old

"James D. Campbell, 29, was arraigned Wednesday ... on charges of felony murder, torture, and first-degree child abuse stemming from the death of Beautiful Skyla Villanueva. ... The little girl's mother, Ashley Ferguson, 26, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of third-degree child abuse and accessory after the fact to a felony.

Impactful Book On Parental Alienation By Michael Jeffries & Dr. Joel Davies