Monday, November 23, 2015

Police search for custodial dad with "criminal history"; 3-year-old daughter "missing" (Davie, Florida)

Florida is a leader in granting abusive fathers custody. Note that this article doesn't even question how or why a father with an unspecified "criminal history" like JUSTIN CALDWELL was awarded legal custody of a todder, now "missing." No names of the folks resposible for such a bizarre, anti-child decision.

So you still believe poor daddies are discriminated against? Bullsh**.

Davie Police searching for child who went missing with father

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 8:09 AM EST Updated: Nov 19, 2015 5:10 PM EST

DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The Davie Police Department is looking for the father of a 3-year-old who went missing, Thursday.

Miracle Hardin is described as 3 feet 2 inches tall, 32 pounds, with light brown curly hair and brown eyes. She is believed to be with her father, 22-year-old Justin Caldwell, who has legal custody of the child after she was removed from her mother's care.

Davie police are concerned for the child's safety as Caldwell does have a criminal history. "I had no idea that there was any problem with him," said Harriett Fiering.

Fiering lives next to Caldwell's last known address and never saw Hardin. According to police, Caldwell's girlfriend currently lives there. "I didn't even know she was living next door, 'cause the girl who rents out that unit has two children," said Fiering. "I was used to seeing them but I never saw ... I didn't even know he had a child."

Caldwell was previously living at a Davie apartment with his girlfriend at the time but has not been seen or heard from since Sunday. "We have been unable to contact the father to insure the welfare of the child," said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle, "but Family Services received a call concerning the welfare of the child, and that's what prompted us to go out initially, and we want to make sure the child is OK."

Adding more difficulty to the situation, Caldwell does not own a vehicle, so authorities were unable to send out an Amber Alert for Hardin. "He doesn't have a car, so we need the public's assistance," said Engle. "Someone has seen this man with this child out there, and we just want to make sure the child is OK."

Officials do not believe Caldwell will hurt Hardin but are still searching for him.

The Florida Department of Children and Families are also investigating, along with Davie Police.

If anyone comes into contact with Miracle and/or Justin, please contact the Davie Police Department at (954) 693-8200.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dad with custody/visitation charged with physically abusing sons (Eagle, Wisconsin)

As very often happens, Dad's custodial rights are not spelled out here. Whether he had full custody, joint custody, visitation or something else is not clear. But he had some kind of access. And how much you want to bet that he had a history of violence that the courts ignored when he was awarded access?

Dad is identified as KEVIN LOCK.

Father charged with child abuse in Waukesha County

Monday, November 16, 2015 4:28 p.m.

TOWN OF EAGLE, WI (WTAQ) - The father of two teenage boys is charged with two counts of physical abuse.

The mother of the 15-year-old boy called the sheriff's department after receiving a picture message from her son of fresh bruising while he was at her ex-husband's house November 9th.

42-year-old Kevin Jock was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on November 10th.

The boy’s 17-year-old brother also had neck injuries and bruising, and told Emergency Services that he did not feel safe in his home when his father was there.

If convicted, Jock could face up to 7 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Congressman introduce "Talia's Law" after custodial dad kills 5-year-old daughter on military base--and avoids justice for 10 years (Honolulu, Hawaii)

There is a long backstory about how convicted killer dad NAEEM WILLIAMS managed to strip the protective mother of custody, abuse with impunity, and avoid going to trial for ten long years. Outrageous. Past posts on this case are here.

See the Killer Dads and Custody List for the State of Hawaii.

Hawaii Reps Introduce 'Talia's Law' To Prevent Child Abuse And Neglect On Military Bases Five-year-old Talia Williams was beaten to death by her Army father.

Chris D'Angelo Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii

Posted: 11/05/2015 06:26 PM EST | Edited: 11/05/2015 06:30 PM EST

HONOLULU -- Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) introduced federal legislation this week aimed at better protecting children from abuse on military bases.

The proposed law is named after Talia Williams, a 5-year-old who was beaten to death in 2005 by her father, Naeem Williams, then an active-duty infantryman stationed in Hawaii.

The girl's murder reportedly came after months of torture and abuse by both her father and stepmother, Delilah Williams.

According to Delilah Williams' court testimony, Talia was denied food for days at a time, duct-taped to a bed and whipped, and kept out of daycare to hide physical signs of her beatings.

Naeem Williams' fatal blow, prosecutors said, left knuckle imprints on the child's chest.

Legal proceedings revealed that multiple federal employees, including military police and employees at her on-base child care facility, failed to report suspected signs of Talia’s abuse.

"Despite multiple reports to officials at the Army base in Hawaii where Talia and her father lived, the system failed to protect her," Gabbard said Tuesday during a speech on the House floor.

Tarshia Williams/AP Lawmakers introduced "Talia's Law" after five-year-old Talia Williams was beaten to death by her Army father.

Currently, military professionals who come into contact with children are required to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to a military point of contact, who is then supposed to notify the state Child Protective Services.

"Talia's Law" would "close the communications gap that may exist," according to a release from Gabbard's office, by requiring military professionals to immediately report such cases directly to state Child Protective Services as well as their military point of contact.

"Talia's tragic story is just one of over 29,000 cases of child abuse and neglect in military homes over the last decade," Gabbard said on the House floor. "This is a problem that demands better protections for our children in military families who are being abused, and better support for military families facing the stresses of war, multiple deployments and economic hardship."

A 2013 investigation by the Army Times found 118 children of Army soldiers died in the previous decade due to child abuse or neglect, and more than 1,400 Army children were subjected to sexual abuse.

“Our military keiki (children) should never feel unsafe or neglected," Takai said in a statement. "I hope that through Talia's Law we make the necessary changes to protect these military families and their children."

U.S. Army/Associated Press Talia Williams' father, Naeem Williams, neglected and fatally punched his daughter, which prompted Hawaii lawmakers to introduce "Talia's Law."

In February, Naeem Williams was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his daughter, and narrowly escaped the death penalty.

Hawaii outlawed the death penalty in 1957, but since the crime took place on military property, the case was tried in federal court, where the death penalty is allowed.

It was the first death penalty case to go to trial in Hawaii since capital punishment was abolished in the territory.

Delilah Williams was sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Talia Williams' biological mother, Tarshia Williams, began pushing for new legislation shortly after she was awarded a $2 million settlement from the U.S. government in May over the death of her daughter.

“I would love for this law to get passed so it can help another child not go through what my daughter went through,” Tarshia Williams said in June.

Custodial dad sentenced to life in prison for beating death of 12-year-old son (Paulding County, Georgia)

We've posted on this case several times over the last two years. And sure enough, the fact that SHAYAA FORBES was a custodial father has been erased by the time he is sentenced. The fact that CPS enabled his crimes for years--also erased. The fact that Daddy got custody despite a history of domestic violence--also erased. See here for past posts.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for the State of Georgia.

Posted: 3:41 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Dad sentenced to life in prison for beating son to death

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — A local father will spend the rest of his life in prison for the beating death of his 12-year-old son.

Channel 2 Action News had the only camera in the courtroom as a judge handed down the sentence.

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant says this is one of the most horrific cases of child abuse he's ever covered.

In court, prosecutors said Eric Forbes, 12, lived his life in constant fear and pain.

They described his father as an unremorseful liar who mercilessly pounded his defenseless son for years.

Rickee Forbes shrieked just minutes after a Paulding County judge sentence her son, Shayaa Forbes, to life in prison without parole.

"I'm shocked by what I heard here today as to what a human being can do to another human being for whatever reasons,” Judge Kenneth Vison said.

Earlier, Shayaa Forbes pleaded guilty to beating his son, Eric, to death in 2013 in their Acworth home.

Prosecutors told the judge Eric Forbes endured years of severe physical abuse by his father.

"He has no chance for parole. He has no chance at life because of the actions of the defendant. I'm asking that you hold him accountable,” prosecutor David Lyles said.

It took Lyles nearly an hour to list evidence of more than 100 recent and historic injuries discovered during Eric Forbes's autopsy.

"The first time I tried to get through it, I didn't finish it. There are literally are too many injuries on there to really comprehend,” Lyles said.

Shayaa Forbes' lawyers put up a couple character witnesses and read a statement from him

"I would like to give my deepest and sincerest apologies to my family," the lawyer said.

Eric Forbes' aunt seemed pleased with the sentence. "Losing my nephew is really no justice. If he's life in prison, then still, I'm still without my nephew. I'll never see him again,” Carrie Majors said.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Decades after custodial dad brutally abused little boy, 36-year-old son dies from his injuries (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

Famous case from the 1980s. Custodial dad is identified as RANDY DESHANEY. Basically got away with a tap on the wrist for destroying this boy's life, all while CPS enabled him to death.

Boy at center of famous 'Poor Joshua!' Supreme Court dissent dies

Joshua (DeShaney) Braam died Monday at 36, decades after horrendous abuse at the hand of his father led to a landmark court ruling.

Boy at center of famous 'Poor Joshua!' Supreme Court dissent dies

By Crocker Stephenson of the Journal Sentinel Nov. 11, 2015

Whatever childhood Joshua DeShaney might possibly have had ended at the age of 4, in the early spring of 1984, when his father delivered the semiconscious boy to Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.

The boy's father, Randy DeShaney, received custody of his son in a 1980 divorce settlement in Wyoming and moved to Winnebago County. It is not clear how long the father abused his son. Officially, according to the meticulously kept but ultimately useless records compiled by the Winnebago County Department of Social Services, probably two years.

In early 1983, following a report of child abuse and hospitalization, the department recommended the boy be kept in the hospital. In a matter of days, the child was returned to his father. Again and again and again, a department social worker reported suspicion of child abuse. There were bruises, hospitalizations and days when Joshua was too "sick" to be seen. Again and again and again, the department made agreements with the father that the father then ignored.

In March 1984, the boy was brought to Mercy with new and old bruises over much of his body. Doctors opened Joshua's skull and found evidence of serious head injuries suffered over a period of time, leaving the boy with serious and permanent brain damage. His father said he had fallen down stairs.

Randy DeShaney was charged and convicted of child abuse, but served less than two years in jail.

And Joshua, who was 36 when he died on Monday, would go on to live two lives.

One would be private, spent in the care of his adoptive parents, Richard and Ginger Braam, who made room for Joshua in their Muskego home when he was 12.

The other would be public, preserved in a precedent-setting Supreme Court decision that to this day is cited in legal briefs, analyzed in law review articles and argued about in constitutional law classes.

Joshua's biological mother sued Winnebago County, arguing that child welfare workers violated Joshua's constitutional rights by failing to rescue him from his abusive father. Melody DeShaney sought compensatory and punitive damages under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

To the consternation of many children's rights activists, a decision issued by the court in 1989 and authored for the majority by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, said they had not.

The due process clause, Rehnquist wrote, "is phrased as a limitation on the state's power to act, not as a guarantee of certain minimal levels of safety."

Due process, in other words, protects us from government intrusion. It does not compel the government to act.

Justice Harry Blackmun's dissent is one of the most famous of his career:

"Poor Joshua! Victim of repeated attacks by an irresponsible, bullying, cowardly, and intemperate father, and abandoned by (child protective services), who placed him in a dangerous predicament and who knew or learned what was going on, and yet did nothing....

"It is a sad commentary upon American life, and constitutional principles — so full of late of patriotic fervor and proud proclamations about 'liberty and justice for all' that this child, Joshua DeShaney, now is assigned to live out the remainder of his life profoundly retarded. Joshua and his mother, as petitioners here, deserve — but now are denied by this Court — the opportunity to have the facts of their case considered in the light of the constitution...."

The storm spawned by the Supreme Court's decision blew over the Braam's home in Muskego. "We didn't pay a lot of attention to the politics," Ginger Braam said.

"What we've tried to do is provide Joshua with what he didn't have — a family and a home.

We were content to have him a part of our family.

"He made a difference in our lives."

Besides Richard and Ginger Braam, Joshua is survived by 15 adoptive and foster siblings. Joshua (DeShaney) Braam Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, S66-W14325 Janesville Road, Muskego.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Suffer the children: Trouble in the Family Court (Australia)

This is just a portion of a much longer article appearing in The Monthly, an Autralian publication. Highly recommended.

Suffer the children
Trouble in the Family Court

By Jess Hill
November 2015

When Erin saw the police lights flashing, she knew it was over. She steered the car to the side of the road, and turned to her two children. “OK guys, this is it,” she said. “We’ve done our best.”

Her teenaged daughter started to panic. “Fuck! Oh my god!” she cried. “I can’t do this. You can’t leave us!” She grabbed for the bottle of Panadol in the centre console, insisting she wanted to die. “No!” Erin said firmly. “Settle, just settle.”

As the police officer approached with a warrant, Erin got out of her car. She asked for time to talk to her two children, and promised she’d follow him to the station. Back in the car, Erin tried to remain calm. “I am so sorry I have put you through all of this. This is not the life I wanted for you. Always remember how much I love you.”

“What’s going to happen to us?” her 10-year-old son cried. “I don’t know,” Erin replied. “You just need to tell the truth.”

By the time the police caught up with them, Erin had been on the run with her children for nine months. She was now confronting a reality she’d been avoiding for years.

Since their children were born, and ever since he’d first held a knife to her throat, Erin had tried to manage her husband’s abuse. In 2012, however, a warning from her GP had broken through her denial. In front of their screaming kids, John had throttled Erin until her eyes rolled back in her head. “If you don’t leave,” her GP warned, “you’re as bad as he is.”

Erin did leave, and took the children to live with her parents interstate. Soon after, the Family Court granted John regular access to his kids. For the next year, Erin weighed her responsibility to her children, who were terrified of their father, against the risks of disobeying Family Court orders. There was a further complication: Erin had consented to the orders granting John fortnightly access – under pressure from her lawyer, she says, who advised that if she didn’t compromise, John could end up with sole custody.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dad indicted for killing 17-month-old son during weekend visitation (Aurora, Colorado)

Though this article is pretty vague, an earlier article on this case reports that this little boy's injuries took place during dad ROMON ENDERS' weekend visitation. This particular article is not real clear whether this was at the mom's discretion (for what it's worth) or court-ordered.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for Colorado.

Aurora father indicted in 17-month-old son's death
Mother: 'Jayden will finally get justice'

By: Jaclyn Allen Posted: 9:12 PM, Oct 30, 2015
Updated: 11:09 PM, Oct 30, 2015

Seven months after 17-month-old Jayden Hernandez died, an Adams County Grand Jury has indicted the boy's father, Romon Enders, in his death.

Enders faces a felony charge of child abuse resulting in death and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

"For the first time in a long time, I feel relieved and safe." said Jolene Hernandez, Jayden's mother. "Jayden's finally going to get justice."

The autopsy report showed that Jayden died from blunt trauma to the head March 24, 2015.

He had been in the his father's custody, but in a previous letter sent to Denver7, Enders' attorney suggested Jaden's mother could be to blame.

Last week, however, an Adams County Grand Jury indicted Enders. 

For Jolene Hernandez, the arrest doesn't bring back the little boy who would have turned two last week. His twin sister, Leah, celebrated her birthday, and they baked a cake for Jayden, too.

Now, they are getting ready for a trial and for one milestone holiday after the next without Jayden.

"Now I have to be Jayden's voice," said Hernandez. "And in the future, I want Leah to say, 'Gosh, my mom was so strong. She did what she had to do to fight for me and fight for my brother.'"

Enders is scheduled to be in court for an advisement hearing Nov. 5.

Denver 7 contacted the public defenders office for a statement from Enders, but his attorney stated in an email that they have no comment.