Sunday, May 1, 2016

Custodial dad on trial for torturing son still has unsupervised visitation with other kids (Ontario, Canada)

At first you might chalk some of this up to incompetence. But as it goes on and on, down to this freaking piece of sh** of a father CONTINUING to get UNSUPERVISED VISITATION that this is thorough and complete corruption of the family court system by the fathers rights people.

And all their names are being withheld to "protect" the identity of the boy. The boy they set up for torture. Uh huh.

Mountie in child abuse trial has unsupervised visits with his other children 

By Gary Dimmock
First posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 08:16 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 08:36 PM EDT

The Mountie on trial for torturing and starving his shackled, naked 11-year-old son in a darkened Kanata basement is free on bail and has unsupervised weekend visits with his two other sons, who are younger than the first-born son he is accused of almost starving to death in 2013.

The father, who has admitted that he burned his oldest son’s genitals because he thought the boy was the devil, can still play with his other sons on weekends. The unsupervised visits happen outside of Ottawa and the stepmother, who is also on trial, is not present for the visits.

The father has said he chained and handcuffed his son in the basement, and that he rationed the boy’s meals down to just two peanut-butter pitas a day. He also confessed that he burned his son with a lighter and once hit him so hard with the back of his hand that the boy was left with a broken tooth, court has heard.

The victim was sent to live with his father after his mother died in 2009. The boy’s maternal grandmother went to court in 2011 to try to win visitation rights, but a judge rejected her motion. The boy was distraught about his mother’s death and torn between his maternal and paternal family. The judge who dismissed the grandmother’s motion relied on the Mountie’s story and the child psychologist he enlisted.

The psychologist recommended the boy should remain in the full-time care of the father and his wife, both of whom are now on trial.

The same psychologist told the boy’s father in 2010 that he couldn’t “terrorize” his son, and warned him that if he kept punishing the boy, he’d have to call in the child-protection office.

The judge who heard the case was also aware of allegations that the Mountie was an abusive father.

Still, the judge ruled the boy’s maternal family could not have visitation rights. In the 2011 decision, the judge said the father was to send report cards and a school photograph of the boy to his maternal relatives. And if there was correspondence between the boy and his maternal family, the judge ruled that the controlling Mountie was allowed to read all letters sent to the boy he later tortured.

Two years after that ruling, on Feb. 12, 2013, the boy escaped his chains and fled his Kanata basement in search of water. He weighed only 50 pounds and doctors said he had almost starved to death.

One neighbour spotted the boy crouched at his garden tap with an empty water bottle in hand, so he filled it up for the boy in the kitchen, handing it back to him through the patio door.

“I thought I was looking at a ghost. His face was sunken. He looked very old,” the neighbour testified last year at the trial, which began last September.

The boy’s father and stepmother are accused of keeping the boy shackled in their basement for six months. Both are charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, and failure to provide necessities of life.

One of their neighbours testified that the boy showed up at their front door around suppertime on the day of his escape.

She told court that she hadn’t seen the boy in a year and a half.

He used to be “chubby, happy and full of energy,” she said. “He was completely changed. I couldn’t recognize him.”

The boy appeared nervous, she said, and fumbled for piggy-bank change from his pocket, offering it while asking if he could stay at her home.

She started walking the boy back to his own home, but when the boy complained of back pain, her husband called the police.

Crown attorney Michael Boyce also called another neighbour to testify about the boy. She said he was small for his age, and occasionally wasn’t wearing proper winter clothes while waiting for the morning school bus, usually alone and across the street from where the other kids stood while his father watched from a car parked down the road.

The woman testified that the boy wasn’t allowed to go to birthday parties in the neighbourhood. She said that when she offered the thirsty boy a juice box, he said he had to go ask his father for permission. The boy returned and said he wasn’t allowed, the neighbour recalled.

The boy’s father and stepmother are prohibited from talking to one another, according to their bail conditions. The suspended Mountie is also charged with careless storage of 9-mm Luger. Lawyers for both of the accused declined to comment Friday.

The Children’s Aid Society has a policy not to comment on such cases.

The trial, presided by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger, continues Monday. There is a publication ban on several witnesses — including the child psychologist — to protect the identity of the boy.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Joint custody dad with history of "dismissed" DV charges charged with murder of 5-year-old daughter (Carbonear, Canada)

After blogging about these kinds of articles for five plus years, it sickens me to see the same crap repeated again and again. Even next to the facts!

The analysis by Peter Jaffe is correct and spot on.

Then what happens? The idiotic reporter describes the relationship between the parents as "volatile" (like a fire?) when IN FACT what you have is a documented history of domestic violence BY the father AGAINST the mother. This was not a case of two "volatile" people or a "volatile relationship." it was a case of a "volatile" violent man. Let's be absolutely clear about that.

And all the charges were "dismissed" by the authorities who consistently refuse to take violence against women seriously, or the tremendous risks that women take in trying to prosecute. But the reporter doesn't go into that either.

So what do they do next? They give the violent abuser joint custody. They CONTINUE TO DO THIS long after the evidence has shown that giving abusers any custodial rights just continues the trauma of women and children and continues the abusive behavior.

This, as critics have repeatedly pointed out for YEARS, is not a "tragedy." Tragedy is a sad conclusion coming about through fate or some random act of the Gods. This is FARCE. Freaking bloody FARCE. The likely outcome to these HUMAN DECISIONS is absolutely predictable, yet the authorities make the same stupid evil decisions again and again and again.

And guess what? A quick search showed that no other news article even MENTIONS that this was a case of a violent man getting child custody. NOT ONE. And that's another way this evil keeps getting perpetuated. Guess what? If you give violent parents access to child victims, the violent parents will continue to be violent. This is not rocket science, folks.

Dad is identified as TRENT SPENCER BUTT.

See the Killer Dads and Custody List for Canada.

Parents who kill their children: Why would someone do the unthinkable?

Experts say dads typically do it out of revenge, mental breakdowns most common for moms

By Terry Roberts, CBC News
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 4:11 PM NT| Last Updated: Apr 29, 2016 2:54 PM NT

Five-year-old Quinn Butt died in Carbonear early Sunday, and police allege her death came at the hands of her father, Trent Spencer Butt.

The troubling allegation against Trent Spencer Butt is gut-wrenching, and brings with it a host of sobering and painful questions.

Most notably, why would a parent kill his or her own child? Their own flesh and blood?

That's a question being asked by many throughout Newfoundland and Labrador following an unfathomable tragedy in Carbonear on Sunday.

Police believe 37-year-old Trent Butt killed his five-year-old daughter Quinn and then set fire to his modern home on a quiet street in the Conception Bay North town.

He faces charges of first-degree murder and arson, but neither charge has been proven in court.

Dads a greater threat

Experts have long tried to understand why fathers and mothers commit filicide, the term used when a parent kills their own child.

The answer is difficult to come by, but it's clear that dads are more likely to kill children than moms.

That's the case about 60 per cent of the time, says Peter Jaffe, a professor in the faculty of education at Western University in Ontario.

Research also shows that when dads kill their children, they typically do it out of revenge after a partner has left the relationship, and there is usually a history of domestic violence, said Jaffe.

"The way for the father to get back at the mother for getting out of the relationship is to kill the thing that is most precious to her, which is her child or children," Jaffe told the St. John's Morning Show on Thursday.

Moms typically kill infants

Jaffe said mothers who commit filicide tend to do so following a mental health breakdown, such as postpartum depression, and their victims tend to be younger, usually an infant.

He said fathers typically kill offspring that are older.

"You're dealing with extreme circumstances," noted Jaffe, but he said these cases are rarely out of the blue.

A host of tell-tale signs — prior history of domestic violence, actual or pending separation, depression, stalking and threats — are usually noticed by family, friends and frontline professionals such as social workers and police.

"In Ontario when we find a child killed by a parent, on average there's nine different professionals that have been involved in some way … in the prior years leading up to the homicide," he said.

Because filicide is something most people can't even comprehend, Jaffe said many don't know what to do when they see the warning signs.

He said research shows that greater public awareness is needed, and those close to a situation should encourage a troubled parent to seek help.

"It's essential that the community gets involved. You've often heard that it takes a village to raise a child, well it also take a village to protect a child."

A strained relationship

Firefighters rescued Trent Butt from certain death. He's now in serious condition, but is expected to live. Desperate efforts to save Quinn were unsuccessful.

The tragedy followed the marriage breakup of Quinn's parents, and a custody sharing arrangement that sources say was strained.

Court documents also show the relationship between Butt and his estranged wife was volatile, with Butt charged with three separate counts of assault against the mother dating back to 2013 and 2014. All three charges were dismissed.

The tragedy has rekindled dark memories of the death of Zachary Turner 13 years ago.

The 13-month-old and his mother, Shirley Turner, both died after the mother committed murder-suicide by walking into Conception Bay in August 2003.

Turner was facing extradition to the United States on a charge that she killed her former lover two years prior.​

Friday, April 29, 2016

Custodial dad has "pain inside" for torturing son (Ottawa, Canada)

Frankly, UNNAMED DAD sounds like a sociopath. He's aping the language of "feeling" and "victimization" when he doesn't feel a thing. In other words, he's a total bullsh**ter.

'I am in pain inside' suspended Mountie says, as child abuse trial continues

Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:58PM EDT

Last Updated Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:01PM EDT

A suspended Mountie continued his assertions in an Ottawa court today that he had been a victim of abuse and that, in a fog; he had seen his son as the enemy during the time in which he beat and confined him. The Crown prosecutor was having none of that. The focus today was finding the truth and that discussion led to a combative day between the Crown and the accused who maintained he was legally responsible for abusing his son but not morally.

The boy was just 7 years old when he moved in with his father and stepmother after his birth mother died. Within 4 months of that move, he would spend his first night sleeping in the unfinished basement as punishment.

"He was out of control from the moment he arrived," the father testified in court today, "I was constantly putting out fires."

The 44-year-old father is a suspended RCMP officer, on trial, along with his 36-year-old wife, for confining his son and denying him the necessities of life. The father is also charged with sexual assault.

The man told court that he had hired a child psychologist to ostensibly deal with his son's behavior. When the doctor suggested that the father was "terrorizing his son", court heard that the father ended sessions.

The accused has maintained throughout the Crown's cross examination that he was a man under duress, driven by the demons from his past to view his own son as a demon.

"I don't know what the hell I was doing,” he told court, “why I beat my son, why I burned him."

He has agreed to the abuse, but is mounting a defense, trying to prove he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after he says he was raped as child in Lebanon; that he internalized this abuse and saw his son as the enemy.

After 4 years of living in this situation, the son escaped from the chains binding him in the basement and managed to flee the house while rest of family was shopping. He was 11 years old at this point in time and weighed 50 pounds. Doctors at CHEO, who examined him, said he almost starved to death.

When the father returned home and found him missing, he called 911. That was February 12, 2013.

"I’m guilty of this,” he told the 911 operator, “I did bad things with him. I did bad things to him and I regret it."

From here, followed a frustrating exchange between the Crown, trying to prove this man knew exactly what he was doing, and the father maintaining he was living in a fog.

At one point, the Crown presented a 6-foot long piece of wood flooring; similar to what the father admits he used to hit his son.

"Did you hit him on the arm?" the Crown asked.

"I don't know," he answered.

"Did you hit him on the stomach or the head?"

"I don't know," he repeated.

He said he remembers hitting and burning his son but added he didn't rationalize what he was doing. The trial continues tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mom: Custodial dad could have been stopped from murdering 5 kids (Columbia, South Carolina)

We've reported on this case before. Though so many of these cases are just insanely horrible, this one is particularly so. Dad is identified as TIMOTHY RAY JONES JR.

Notice, however, that there is no explanation as to who gave this crazy piece of sh** custody to begin with.

Mother of 5 Slain Kids: SC Agency Could Have Stopped Deaths

By meg kinnard, associated press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Apr 26, 2016, 4:38 PM ET 

The mother of five South Carolina children who police say were killed by their father in 2014 says the state's social services agency knew the father was a threat and did nothing to stop him.

The allegations are part of a lawsuit filed last week by Amber Jones accusing the Department of Social Services of wrongful death and infliction of pain and suffering.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her ex-husband. Authorities say Timothy Ray Jones Jr. killed his five children — ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1 — at their Lexington County home in 2014 and drove around with their bodies in trash bags for nine days before dumping them in an Alabama field.

Jones was arrested in Mississippi after a deputy said he smelled the stench of death coming from the SUV at a traffic checkpoint.

A Social Services spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit, which gives a detailed chronology of Jones' criminal past, including 2001 convictions for drug possession and forgery. It also notes his 2004 marriage to Amber Jones and the subsequent births of their five children.

By 2011, the family lived in Batesburg-Leesville, where, according to the lawsuit, Social Services received a report of child abuse and neglect, piles of trash at the home as well as a report Jones had threatened to shoot a neighbor's dog.

Caseworkers came to the family's home multiple more times that year, even calling law enforcement after Jones became violent and accused a caseworker of "ruining people's lives." But, according to the suit, no action was ever taken to discipline Jones or remove the children.

The complaint documents multiple additional instances in which Jones threatened the children's mother, who in 2012 made a criminal domestic violence complaint against him. The couple ultimately had a fifth child and then divorced in 2013, with Jones being awarded primary custody.

Over the next year, according to the lawsuit, teachers reported abuse claims to local Social Services workers after seeing bruises on three of the five children. A baby-sitter made similar claims. In August 2014, the agency contacted law enforcement, saying Jones didn't want to return his children to public school "because he feared the school would report the beatings."

Three weeks later, Jones picked up all five children from school and day care and killed them at the family home, authorities have said. Four children were strangled, and one was beaten to death.

Many of the claims mirror information in case files previously released by the Department of Social Services. Authorities never found anything serious enough to take the children away, but the documents show Jones as a single father and computer engineer struggling to raise his children.

"Dad appears to be overwhelmed as he is unable to maintain the home, but the children appear to be clean, groomed and appropriately dressed," a case worker wrote Aug. 13, two weeks before the children's disappearance.

Defense attorneys have suggested Jones suffered from mental problems, and an arrest warrant said he feared his children were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to dogs. A judge in December ordered a psychiatric evaluation, and no trial date has been set.

Friday, April 22, 2016

After abducting 4-year-old daughter, non-custodial dad crashes car injuring them both (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Dad is identified as MARIO RODRIGUES.

Father, daughter hurt in crash following Amber alert
Father in custody after child was taken from her mother’s home early this morning.

York Regional Police Police say the girl's father, Mario Rodrigues, 35, of Toronto, is now in custody.

By: Evelyn Kwong Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Apr 18 2016

A four-year-old girl and her father have been taken to hospital after a rollover that ended a province-wide search for the child early Monday.

The suspect vehicle was located after Ontario Provincial Police spotted a van travelling in the Bancroft area.

After several attempts to stop it, the van rounded a curve and rolled over, according to preliminary information from the provincial Special Investigations Unit.

The SIU is now investigating the crash. Police said the girl was trapped in the van, and was airlifted to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Mario Rodrigues was taken into police custody and also taken to hospital, York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden said.

An Amber alert had been issued this morning after police in York Region said the girl was taken from her mother’s home in Aurora around 4:20 a.m.

Police were seeking Rodrigues, of Toronto, who was reportedly seen driving away from the house in a silver Toyota minivan.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates incidents involving police that result in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

F4J dads engage in criminal tresspass to prove they're really, really responsible fathers who deserve 50/50 custody! (London, England)

Keep it up, lads! Great way to show the public what responsible, dedicated fathers you really, really are!.

I can just imagine--if you felt entitled to this to the Mayor of London, just think of the bullying tactics you've been pushing on the mother of your kids!

Father scales Boris Johnson's London home dressed as Iron Man and takes selfies in custody rights protest

15:29, 18 Apr 2016 Updated 16:04, 18 Apr 2016

By Gemma Mullin , Katherine Clementine

A father has scaled London Mayor Boris Johnson's home dressed as comic book hero Iron Man and took selfies from his balcony in a custody rights protest.

Bobby Smith , 33, was joined by fellow New Fathers 4 Justice member Martin Matthews, to highlight a perceived lack of equality over contact with their children in the event of a divorce.

Mr Smith, who claims to have been denied access to his children for six years, was making his second visit to Mr Johnson's house in Islington, north London, after a previous protest there fell on deaf ears.

He and Mr Matthews hung up banners around Mr Johnson's London home and shouted down to supporters using a megaphone.

Mr Smith, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, told GetWestLondon : "They're sending up climbers to try and get us.

"We're doing a protest for father's rights. Boris wants to be Prime Minister and he's pushing himself out as more than just an MP, and more than a Mayor - he's a national figure.

"He's been London Mayor for eight years now and he's done nothing for fathers in the capital - he's done nothing for the poorer areas, not like Islington where we are now."

Mr Smith has climbed onto the roofs of many public buildings, alongside friend Martin Matthews from Great Bookham – including using a ladder to climb onto the roof of Buckingham Palace and scaling the home of House of Commons leader Chris Grayling , in a bid to get his voice heard.

He continued: "I split up with my children's mum eight years ago. Parenting was meant to be split 50/50 but she just stopped me seeing them.

Police were at Boris Johnson's house since 10.40am trying to talk the protesters down

"I've been going through the family court and protesting for years.

"Children are far more likely to commit crime or fall into drug addiction if they haven't got a dad.

"Boris has done eight years as Mayor and he's done nothing to promote change in family law to give a chance to hard-up fathers.

"We're talking about dads who want to see their children like me and my mate who's up here now."

Metropolitan Police have been at the scene since 10.40am.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We were called to Colebrooke Row to reports of protesters at a location.

"Four people were protesting and two had onto a balcony and unfurled a banner.

"Officers attended and there's no arrests at this time."

Mr Smith was still on the balcony at 2pm and police were still at the scene.

He added: "There's load of police here, and an ambulance.

"There's just two of us on the balcony. We've been up here since half 10 and we're going to try and stay for longer but they're trying to get us down."

Mr Smith recently held a protest outside Boris Johnson’s London home but despite the Mayor of London being home he refused to speak to the protesting dad.

He posted something for him to read though his letterbox and warned him: "I’ll just keep coming back till he’s ready to talk. He’ll give in before I do".

Speaking ahead of the protest, Bobby said: “It’s no good sitting at home getting depressed and getting upset at how much you miss your kids. You need to stand up and not accept what has happened.

"There’s no equality for fathers in family law. I want nothing less than a legal presumption of equal contact for a child with their parents if they split up.”

He stood against David Cameron dressed as Elmo in the 2015 general election and is also standing again in the May Sheffield by-election.

Bobby 'Elmo' Smith leader of the Give Me Back Elmo party is also going to campaign for a "Shake it all about" option in the forthcoming referendum for those who can't decide whether they want to be in or out.

The protest outside Boris' home comes as part of a campaign by splinter group 'New Fathers 4 Justice' and Stop the War on Dads.

Neither group are associated with Matt O'Connor or Fathers4Justice UK.

Abusive, alcoholic dad gets custody of 5-year-old boy after getting help from Mexican police, U.S. State Department in tracking down mom (Knox County, Tennessee)

Judge Varlan is a woman-hating idiot who is either willfully ignorant about domestic violence or just doesn't give a sh**. 'Cause he just knows the mother is lying about the father's alcohol abuse and physical violence, cause, well he just knows. Misogynists always "know" that it's the woman who is lying.

Actually, Mom is very credible. If she wanted to sound more "convincing," she could have said the father abused the boy as well. In reality, it is not uncommon (at least in the early stages) for the father to abuse the mother but not (directly) abuse the children. (Emotionally, however,  he is abusing them by diminishing their caregiver.) That the mother was dependent on him for financial assistance is also reality, and that she tried to let the abuser see the boy is also common. Battered moms really do try to be nice and accommodating. They really do. But apparently Mom couldn't take it anymore so she ran. At a terrible sacrifice to herself. This is not a decision that mothers make lightly.

And of course, because abusers are control freaks, he chased her down with the help of the Mexican police AND the U.S. State Department. Gosh, we don't have any drug dealing murderous gangs to worry about anymore? No other international issues of pressing importance? Who knew? Two governments magically cooperate and collaborate to help the batterer track down a battered woman like she was a rabid dog so he reclaim his child/property.

So now, the child is actually at very high risk. Daddy has to take on the responsibility of full-time caregiver, when he is a short-tempered abuser with a traumatized child. And, of course, he wants to punish mom in the worst possible way.

This is partly what happens when you give never married fathers "rights" over women and children. Sickening. And when you turn the Hague Convention into little more than a "slave catching" operation to benefit abusive men.

Dad is identified as EUGENIO GARDUNO GUEVARA.

Judge orders boy, 5, returned to Mexico in international custody battle

April 19, 2016

By Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel

In the first ruling of its kind in East Tennessee, a federal judge is ordering the return to Mexico of a 5-year-old boy at the center of an international custody battle.

Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan is siding with Mexican father Eugenio Garduno Guevara in a rare case brought under The Hague Convention of 1980 International Child Abduction Remedies Act in a fight over the boy Guevara fathered out of wedlock with Mexican mother Alma Soto Soto.

Soto spirited the boy away from Mexico and into the U.S. illegally in 2013 after the couple, who had been living together and sharing custody, split up. Guevara spent two years tracking down mother and child, using the Mexican police, The Hague Convention treaty, the U.S. State Department and Facebook, before finding the pair living in Knoxville.

The case ultimately landed in front of Varlan, the first time the federal court system here had been tapped to decide under the treaty which country — Mexico or the U.S. — had authority to decide custody.

In his ruling, Varlan noted the treaty did not authorize him to decide which of the two parents was the fittest but rather was designed to prevent parents from court-shopping among foreign nations.

"One of the main purposes of the ICARA is to prevent parents from removing children from the country of their habitual residence to a more sympathetic court in order to have a 'home court advantage' in custody determinations," Varlan wrote.

It will be up to a Mexican court now to decide the boy's custodial fate.

Guevara and Soto had the boy out of wedlock in Mexico in 2010 but lived together with him until March 2013 when Guevara moved out. A month later, the boy and his mother disappeared. Guevara eventually found mother and son via a photograph posted on Facebook, showing Soto and the boy at the Wichita Falls Park in Wichita Falls, Texas. But she disappeared with the boy again. The pair resurfaced in late May 2015 in Knoxville when she sought custody through Knox County Juvenile Court.

Although Varlan did not weigh in on which of the two was most worthy of custody, the nature of the case did require him to consider allegations typically aired in a domestic courtroom. He first had to decide if Guevara had visited and supported his son after he and Soto split.

"In the three-week period of separation when the child was in Mexico, (the father) visited with the child on four occasions, including one overnight visit," Varlan wrote. "(He) also provided (Soto) and the child with some degree of money and food support."

Varlan also had to sort out conflicting claims between the pair. Soto, via attorney Scott Saidak, claimed Guevara was a mean drunk, and the boy would not be safe in Mexico. He denied that.

Varlan didn't buy it.

"While (Soto) submits that (Guevara) had an alcohol problem and abused her in the past, she does not allege that (the father) abused the child," Varlan wrote. "(She) also allowed (him) to visit with the child multiple times when they were separated, and testified that (he) supported the child with food and money during the period of separation, both of which tend to show that plaintiff would not subject the child to serious abuse or neglect if the child were returned to Mexico."

A second case under the treaty is now pending in U.S. District Court. That one involves a father living in London and a Bangladeshi mother living in Knoxville with the couple's twin babies.