Thursday, May 28, 2015

Custodial dad shut off Mom's access to murdered 5-year-old daughter (Port Huron, Michigan)

The custodial father is STILL an UNNAMED DAD. Why is his identity being protected?

This is a very common scenario for abusive custodial dads. They don't go after custody because they want to "parent." They go after custody because they want to punish and control the mother and the kids. That's why they very typically cut off the Mom's access. That and because they don't want her to be a protective presence or potential witness to their abuse of the children.

5-year-old girl found dead in Port Huron, early investigation reveals child was malnourished, abused

Posted: 10:35 AM, May 27, 2015 Updated: 11:20 PM, May 27, 2015 

PORT HURON, Mich. (WXYZ) - The father and stepmother of 5 year-old Mackenzie Maison are in police custody. They're being held on 2nd degree child abuse charges.

Mackenzie was found unresponsive at her Port Huron home Tuesday night after her stepmom called 911.

She was transported to the hospital, but it was too late.

Port Huron police say they are treating this case as a homicide investigation. Mackenzie lived at the home on Oak Street with her father, stepmother and siblings.

One of the other kids was her 3 year-old biological sister. Police are still waiting for autopsy results, but say Mackenzie had severe signs of dehydration and malnourishment.There were also signs of physical abuse and evidence of foul play at the scene.

Mackenzie's 3 year-old sister also had signs of dehydration and malnourishment. She's still in the hospital in stable condition. The other two kids were in good health and are in foster care right now. One of those children is the son of Mackenzie's stepmom.

The other child is the daughter of Mackenzie's father and stepmom.

Mackenzie's mom, Shelby Coffee, said she hadn't seen her daughters in a year and a half.

"I got excuses or he wasn't answering the door. I wasn't allowed to see them," Coffee said. "There was nothing that I could do because I was not able to afford the funds to take anything back to court."

Frank Hawkins says his daughter is Mackenzie's stepmother.

"They were okay for food, financially they were okay. I don't think this was an intentional starvation, I don't think this was anything like that. My daughter is not malicious, neither is my son-in-law," Hawkins said.

According to investigators, the father and stepmother claimed that Mackenzie and her sister had "a reluctance to eat." However, police say there was no sign that what happened to both children was the result of them being "picky eaters."

Police say there is no history of child protective services ever being involved in the home.

They are waiting on autopsy results. There is no word on when their investigation will be finished.