What's outrageous is that such a frivolous, ridiculous suit should have been brought before the family court in the FIRST place. Dad DAVID McNAMARA is ALREADY IN PRISON for an "unrelated drug conviction." So had Daddy been successful in his visitation bid, a 2-year-old girl would have been FORCED to visit a convicted drug felon in a men's prison who is "suspected" of strangling her own mother to death (a killer who also effectively abandoned the child alone in the mother's home). And the maternal grandparents would have been FORCED to go along with this sickening charade.
I'm glad the court turned down this unmarried sperm donor. But the only reason this crap is even entertained these days is fathers rights. And no, this wasn't a slamdunk decision either. Kids are ordered to visit with fathers in prison all the time, and even forced into the visitation or custody of fathers who are "suspected" of murdering their mothers. Remember JOSH POWELL? The father who killed his two sons under "supervised" visitation? The father who most assuredly murdered their mother, though the police refused to arrest him despite solid evidence.
Also see how Daddy describes himself as a good father? Also pure fathers rights-inspired narcissistic drivel. If a convicted drug felon/suspected killer is a "good father" than the term has become UTTERLY MEANINGLESS.
Man suspected of murdering Auburn woman denied visitation rights with daughter
The Citizen AuburnPub.com | Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 3:00 am .
David McNamara — standing accused of murdering the mother of his child — will not see his daughter any time soon.
According to John Socci, the father of the woman police accused McNamara of strangling to death last June, McNamara's application to gain visitation rights with his and Katie Socci's 2-year-old daughter was denied Thursday in Cayuga County Family Court.
Socci said McNamara, currently serving a five year sentence in prison for an unrelated drug conviction, pleaded his case in court via speakerphone. Although John Socci said it was hard to pick up everything McNamara said to Judge Mark Fandrich, what Socci did hear angered him.
"It was pretty sickening to hear him describe he was a good father," he said.
Along with praising himself as a parent, McNamara told the judge he missed and wanted to see his daughter, Socci said.
For John Socci and his wife, the idea of having to bring their toddler granddaughter to a prison and have her interact with an accused killer was beyond a terrifying prospect.
"We were scared," Socci said. "I don't know how we could face him."
Fandrich did not grant McNamara's request.
"We were confident, but worried because anything can happen," Socci said. "Knowing a little bit about the legal system, we knew anything was possible."
Katie Socci, 29, was reported missing around midnight June 15, 2011 after her neighbor called police after noticing that although Socci's dog was outside barking, the light's were off inside her home.
When police arrived at Katie Socci's home, they found her daughter — 18-months old at the time — asleep and unharmed upstairs.
About 12 hours later, police found Katie Socci's body in a shallow grave off of a nature trail near Dunning Avenue. McNamara, Katie Socci's former boyfriend, was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Fandrich dismissed McNamara's murder indictment in November after ruling the defendant's right to testify in front of a grand jury was violated. District Attorney Jon Budelmann appealed Fandrich's decision to the Appellate Division, asking the appeals court to reinstate McNamara's murder charges.
Nearly one year after Katie Socci's death, John Socci said he is frustrated at how long it's taking for his family to get justice.
"All of this stuff works in favor of the defendant," he said. "The longer this drags out, the longer the suffering."
Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or email@example.com.