Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mom trying to regain custody from registered sex offender dad (Bakersfield, California)

This is what a judicial system looks like when it has been thoroughly coopted and corrupted by the fathers rights crowd. Even the "court-appointed attorney for the child" is more interested in legal procedure than actually defending her so-called client. And notice the way the mother is treated with disdain and contempt--not the registered sex offender daddy.

Dad is identified as NICHOLAS ELIZONDO. We've reported on this case before.

Mom seeks custody of daughter placed with sex offender dad

By Jose Gaspar, Eyewitness News Published: Mar 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM PDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A Bakersfield woman continues to try and regain sole custody of her 8-year-old daughter in an unusual child custody battle.

The girl is currently living with the father, 56-year-old Nicholas Elizondo, who is a registered sex offender.

Elizondo was convicted in 1995 after pleading no contest to one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

In June 2013, Elizondo traveled to Oklahoma to gain custody of his daughter, and after a lengthy battle, a judge awarded full custody of the child to Elizondo.

Since then, the girl's mother, 50-year-old Lisa Knight, has been seeking to regain custody.

Knight has moved back to Bakersfield from Oklahoma, where Elizondo lives with his daughter.

In a court hearing on Friday, Knight made new allegations against her ex-husband. Knight said that during one night in January, she went to Elizondo's house to check on her daughter. Knight said she looked through a window into a bedroom, where she said she observed Elizondo under the blankets in bed with the 8-year-old girl. Knight said she saw that Elizondo was in his underwear.

"I want my daughter protected," said Knight in court.

The court-appointed attorney for the child, Stephanie Childers, objected to Knight's claim of what she had witnessed. Knight said she reported the incident to police two days later.

"I object! This is the first time I've heard about this," said Childers.

Knight also alleges Elizondo has neglected and failed to provide proper medical care for the child. The mother told the court the child has had constant urinary tract infections and that she has had to take the child to seek medical treatment.

Judge James Compton continued the case to April 21.

Compton said attorneys for Elizondo and for the minor needed time to receive and review police and medical reports made as a result of the new allegations made by Knight.