Thursday, December 31, 2015

Canada to review US extradition of protective mom (Ottawa, Canada)


Canada to review US extradition of mom
24 December 2015 at 12:31pm


Ottawa - Canada's attorney general said on Wednesday she would review the case of a Canadian woman facing extradition to the United States for allegedly stealing her children from their abusive American father.

“I have decided to reconsider this case,” Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a statement, citing possible new facts in the years-long domestic dispute.

The woman, known only as “M” in court documents, has been fighting extradition since her arrest in 2010, and reportedly went on a brief hunger strike after Canada's top court ruled earlier this month that she could be sent to the US state of Georgia to face prosecution for interstate interference of a child custody order.

“M” and her former husband had three children before they divorced in 2001.

He was granted sole custody of the children while she received no visitation rights due to a substance abuse problem.

In October 2010 their father reported the children, who were 9, 10 and 14 years old at the time, missing.

Several weeks later, they turned up with their mother at a battered women's shelter in Quebec, and she was arrested.

But the children told Canadian child protection officials they ran away without their mother's knowledge and because of their father's abusive treatment and violence.

A Quebec judge would later grant the mother full custody of her children, which has not been challenged by their father.

The Supreme Court of Canada 4-3 split decision found extradition was justified in the case.

But dissenting justices wrote that the mother could not be found guilty on the abduction charge “since her intent was to protect the children from danger of imminent harm at the hands of their father.”

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dad in custody fight with mom burns three kids to death; already had custody of two of kids from other mother (Ghana)

Very typical scenario. Mother (of the youngest child) driven from home, no doubt because of the father's violence. And notice that the UNNAMED DAD also had possession and/or custody of two children belonging to another mother. How much you want to bet she was subjected to threats and violence as well. And as soon as his control is challenged, he brutally kills them all. All the children burned to death. A typical abuse/control killer, especially the type most likely to demand custody/power over children.

3 Children burned alive in Ghana by father 
December 27, 2015

A man has burnt his three children to death at Boadifo, a suburb of Takoradi in the Western region.

The yet-to-be identified assailant allegedly killed the children after a disagreement with his wife Saturday dawn.

The distraught mother of one of the children Sadia Nimatu who confirmed the incident to said after regular disagreements with the suspect, she had left his home for her father’s residence but has been fighting to secure custody of her two-and-half year old girl who was burnt alongside the two other kids; from a different mother.

She noted that the suspect had threatened on numerous occasions to burn the children anytime she made efforts to go for her child.

Her father, Malik, who also spoke to said the suspect burnt the children after he had sent some young men to accompany his daughter to go for the kids Saturday dawn.

He said the matter has been reported to the Market-circle police in Takoradi.

Sex offender dad keeps custody of 8-year-old daughter (Bakersfield, California)

This case has all the classic red flags of child sexual abuse--and all the signs of judicial cover up of the same. Dad is identified as NICHOLAS ELIZONDO.

JOSE GASPAR: Sex offender dad keeps custody of child

For The Californian Monday, Dec 28, 2015 12:00 AM

For the second time in less than three years, a court recently awarded custody of an 8-year-old girl to her father, who is a registered sex offender.

I first told you about this strange case back in 2013 when a judge in Oklahoma City awarded custody of the then 6-year-old child to 57-year-old Nicholas Elizondo of Bakersfield. In 1995, Elizondo pleaded no contest to one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14.

Elizondo later married Lisa Knight and the pair had a child, but the marriage didn't work out and Knight moved to Oklahoma City, where she was raising her daughter. After his release from prison, Elizondo traveled to Oklahoma City and obtained visitation rights to see and be with his daughter. He then fought for custody of the girl, which was granted by Oklahoma County Judge Howard Haralson.

Knight appealed and lost.

Elizondo came back to Bakersfield with his daughter and Knight followed soon after and filed for child custody in Kern County Superior Court. But Knight had a big hurdle to overcome.

The fact that her ex-husband is a registered sex offender could not be used in the child custody hearing. Kern County Court Commissioner James Compton said that issue had already been litigated in Oklahoma City. Knight would have to show that there was a significant change of circumstances detrimental to her daughter living with her father that warrants a change of custody.

The mother alleged that while looking through a window, she saw her daughter and Elizondo in the same bed and Elizondo was wearing nothing but underwear.

On the stand, Elizondo said he was wearing “swim trunks,” not underwear. He also said his daughter was simply on top of the bed, not “under the covers” with him.

Police were called to the house, but nobody was arrested or charged with a crime. Knight said she believed her daughter was at risk of being sexually abused, was not receiving proper medical care and had a urinary tract infection. Knight also claimed Elizondo had assaulted her at a hospital parking lot in Madera.

The child never testified, though she was represented by her own court-appointed attorney, Stephanie Childers. Earlier this month, Compton ruled in favor of keeping the child with Elizondo while Knight has visitation rights.

“The court does not find a basis to change custody,” said Compton.

Elizondo declined to give an interview but stated, “This proves I’m not a danger to my own daughter.”

The hearing did provide an opportunity to finally get a reading of why Judge Haralson initially awarded Elizondo custody of the child. Court transcripts from the Oklahoma case in 2013 were admitted into evidence.

Though Knight has no criminal or drug abuse history, Haralson found she was not the person raising her daughter. Rather, he said, other relatives were, and the child had not received proper psychological and medical treatment.

“Mother is not doing her job as a parent, and I wish she would,” said Haralson.

Allegations that the child had been sexually abused were not found credible. And referring to Elizondo, the judge said, “He's got a target on his back as a registered sex offender, and you know people are going to try to set you up.”

The child Elizondo was convicted of molesting back in 1995 is now an adult, and she testified in Oklahoma on behalf of Elizondo, saying the abuse never happened. Elizondo, a former parole officer, has said the only reason he pleaded no contest in 1995 was because Kern County had just finished prosecuting the infamous “witch hunt” child sex abuse trials.

These were cases in which scores of local people were sentenced to hundreds of years in prison after being wrongfully convicted. Elizondo said he feared the same would happen to him, so he took a six-year plea deal and served four before being released.

Knight said she will continue to pursue the case and plans to appeal.

What a bizarre case. Who is telling the truth? A child's life hangs in the balance.

Dad charged with severely injuring 2-month-old son while baby in dad's custody (Tampa, Florida)

Utterly ridiculous that a 2-month-old infant should have been subjected to visitation. Dad is identified as KENT HAWKINS JOHNSON SR.  How much do you want to bet that Daddy had a previous record of violence that was ignored when these custody arrangements were inflicted on this poor baby.

Father charged with severely injuring infant son

By: WFTS Webteam
Posted: 8:31 PM, Dec 29, 2015 Updated: 11:17 PM, Dec 29, 2015

A 2-month-old child clung to life Tuesday after Hillsborough County deputies say his father left him in critical condition.

Kent Hawkins Johnson Sr., 23, of Tampa has been charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse.

A family member told ABC Action News the child, Kent Johnson Jr., is the suspect's son.

ABC Action News will have more on this story on air at 11 p.m., including the latest update on the child's condition.

Deputies began investigating after the victim arrived at a hospital 4:30 a.m. Monday with severe injuries.

The child’s injuries occurred on two separate days while he was in Johnson’s custody, according to law enforcement. On Dec. 19 the child’s ribs and femur were fractured.

The child’s skull was fractured Sunday.

Johnson told law enforcement he was holding the child on his shoulders and spinning him in circles when he fell, causing the boy to hit tile floor.

He said this is probably when the child’s ribs and leg were fractured.

Law enforcement said Johnson told them he purposely hit the child on the head Sunday while the boy was crying.

Johnson is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Custodial dad charged with manslaughter in starvation death of 21-month-old daughter (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)

Honestly, how stupid does the media think we are? There is not a lot of evidence here that the parents had joint shared custody. And even in the remote chance that they did, it was clearly not enforced. A kid does not die of malnutrition during a two-day visitation with Daddy. Plus, the signs of malnutrition would have been clear well before that. So common sense tells you that either the mother was complicit, or she was totally shut out. Well, she wasn't arrested for abuse in this case, so it's clear what was what here. Dad FRANK BRIAN O'DEA was either legally or effectively a custodial father.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for Canada.

Brampton dad charged with manslaughter in toddler Victoria O'Dea's death

Police were called to Brampton home April 20 for a child without vital signs

CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2015 11:58 AM ET|Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015 10:15 PM ET

A Brampton father is now facing a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of his 21-month old daughter.

Frank Brian O'Dea, 42, who was initially charged with criminal negligence causing death, was arrested Wednesday and charged with failing to provide necessities of life, in addition to the manslaughter charge.

The new charges come in the wake of a provincial forensic report released Monday that found that malnutrition and dehydration were to blame for Victoria O'Dea's death.

Victoria was pronounced dead at hospital after police responded to a report just after midnight on April 20 of a child without vital signs at a home on Pappain Crescent in Brampton.

Her death prompted an outpouring of public support, with community members launching crowdfunding efforts to pay for the little girl's funeral.

Sources told CBC News that Frank Brian O'Dea and Victoria's mother were separated at the time of the girl's death. Const. Lori Murphy could not say whether the two shared custody.

Actor and comedian Russell Peters also stepped in, offering to help cover the funeral expenses.

O'Dea was released on bail eight months ago after the initial charges were laid.

He was supposed to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton Thursday for a bail hearing connected to the new charges.

The 42-year-old will return to court on Monday.

Custodial dad arrested for abusing, starving 11-year-old daughter for two years; what happened to mom? (Korea)

This particular instance of child abuse by a custodial father took place in Korea, but the media obfuscations appear nearly everywhere.

Notice how the mother just suddenly "disappears" eight years ago. What happened to her? Nobody even bothers to ask. Given that Daddy kept this girl a virtual prisoner and beat her badly enough to cause rib fractures, isn't it even remotely possible he dished out similar treatment to Mom? (In reality, it's more than "remotely possible." It's statistically very likely.) So is she dead or "missing" under mysterious circumstances? Did this POS pull legal manoevers to force the mother out? This is in fact a very likely thing for a batterer to do, and they are remarkably successful at it.

Once again, the circumstances that put this child in harm's way--i.e. in the full custody of a violent dad--are erased. No one is held responsible.


Father arrested for abusing, starving daughter for 2 years

By Kim Se-jeong

Police, supervised by the prosecution, have arrested a man for abusing and starving his 11-year-old daughter for two years.

According to the Incheon Yeonsu Police, Sunday, they arrested the 32-year-old father on charges of child abuse. His live-in girlfriend and another friend were also charged with the same offense and arrested.

They allegedly confined the girl at home and did not provide enough food from 2013.

The unemployed father was a computer game addict and did not let her go to school. She told police that her father played computer games all day long except for when he ate and slept.

The abuse was brought to light after the girl fled home on Dec. 12 by climbing down pipes from her room on the second floor.

She tried to steal bread at a nearby supermarket but the owner caught her. Seeing that she was barefoot and wearing just shorts and a tee-shirt, he called the police.

The police took her to a hospital where she was found to have fractured ribs and bruises on her legs and arms. She said the father hit her with his fists, feet and sometimes steel pipes. She has since been hospitalized for treatment.

The girl said she often had to endure a week without any food but couldn't imagine running away as she feared her father.

When police found the girl, she was 120 centimeters tall but weighed only 16 kilograms, the standard weight for a four-year-old child.

The father was separated from the daughter's biological mother eight years ago, and was living off his girlfriend's paycheck. He admitted that he beat the girl, but claimed it was for discipline.

After treatment, police will send the girl to a counseling center.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Custodial dad, step charged with 1st-degree felony murder in death of 7-year-old boy; what happened to Mom? (Kansas City, Kansas)

STILL the media has not one word of explanation as to how violent father MICHAEL A. JONES gained and retained custody of TWO children "from a previous relationship."

What happened to the mother? With a violent father, the question must be asked.

And what about this civil paternity case?

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for Kansas.

KCK woman appears in court in child abuse murder case
By Tony Rizzo

A Kansas City, Kan., woman accused in the child-abuse death of her 7-year-old stepson made her first court appearance Monday morning.

Heather Jones and her husband, Michael A. Jones, are charged in Wyandotte County District Court with first-degree felony murder and child abuse in the death of the boy, whom authorities are calling A.J.

Family members have identified him as Adrian Jones. A civil paternity case filed by state officials last year in Wyandotte County lists Adrian Jones as a son of Michael Jones.

Kansas City, Kan., police said he has been missing for several months, and they believe that human remains found at the Jones residence last month are his. They are continuing to work to identify the remains.

Heather Jones, 29, was charged Friday and is being held in the Wyandotte County Jail with bond set at $5 million. She appeared Monday via closed-circuit camera. District Judge Robert Serra read the charges to her and set her next court appearance for Dec. 22.

She was not required to enter a plea.

Michael Jones, 44, was arrested last month after a domestic disturbance and was charged with child abuse, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Prosecutors added a first-degree felony murder charge against him on Friday. His bond is set at $10 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

The investigation began the day before Thanksgiving when police were called to the area of the Jones residence in the 5200 block of North 99th Street on an armed disturbance.

After learning that Adrian had been missing for “some time,” they obtained a search warrant and the next day discovered the human remains in a barn on the 99th Street property.

Heather Jones’ father later told The Star that his daughter called him on Thanksgiving and allegedly told him that her husband had killed the boy and fed his body to pigs on the property.

Authorities have not verified the allegation involving pigs, but Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerry Gorman described the case as “one of the worst things” that police investigators say they had ever seen. Gorman said the $10 million bond was the highest he had ever requested in his 34 years as a prosecutor.

The Joneses operated a bail bonding business. Six other children who had been living with them are in protective custody. Four are the biological children of Heather and Michael Jones, her father said. The other two are Michael Jones’ children from a previous relationship.

Michael Jones is the listed agent for the bail bonding business, and the Kansas insurance commissioner has filed an order suspending his license because of the criminal allegations filed in the case, according to Insurance Commission records.

Appeals Court: Give custody of special needs child back to mom (Cuyahoga County, Ohio)

Shame on Magistrate Eleanore Hilow and Juvenile Court Justice Judge Thomas F. O'Malley.

This is all too typical of the cronyism that exists between the pro-abuse fathers rights crowd and judicial corruption.

Abuse of discretion: Appeals court orders special-needs child returned to mother after improper decisions by Juvenile Court magistrate and judge

Cuyahoha County Juvenile Court Magistrate Eleanore Hilow and Judge Thomas O'Malley have now had 11 decisions related to custody cases overturned since 2011.

By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer
on December 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM, updated December 16, 2015 at 3:24 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio -– An appeals court ordered a special-needs child returned immediately to her mother, citing an abuse of discretion by a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court magistrate and judge who supervises her.

The Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals this week said Magistrate Eleanore Hilow awarded full custody to the child's father even though "there was no evidence to support her decision."

(Read the decision here or in the document viewer at the bottom of the story.)

The court said Hilow improperly considered evidence that was never introduced during a custody trial.

Her decision, the court found, was based on her review of reports not in evidence and the unsworn statements of the father to whom she awarded custody.

Juvenile Court Judge Thomas F. O'Malley, who is supposed to review Hilow's decisions independently, failed to do so numerous times during the case, according to the opinion authored by Judge Kathleen Ann Keough.

O'Malley approved Hilow's decisions without reviewing transcripts of hearings. He also let stand her decision to immediately jail the child's mother, Jennifer Rocks, on multiple occasions for contempt of court -- despite the fact a magistrate doesn't have the power to do so without a judge's approval, according to the opinion.

It was after one of those instances, in 2013, that the child's father asked for custody. He argued that the mother was in jail and couldn't care for her. Hilow later awarded him full custody.

The father, who was not represented by an attorney, could not immediately be reached for comment.

"This woman has destroyed me mentally, physically and emotionally," said Rocks, who fought for two years to regain custody of her daughter who has epilepsy.

Rocks said Thursday that her daughter is now back with her, and for that she's grateful.

John V. Heutsche, who represents Rocks, told the appellate court that "in the more than 40 years this practitioner has been licensed and engaged in family law, he has never witnessed such a gross miscarriage of justice or such an abuse by a magistrate office or lack of oversight by a judicial officer."

He likened O'Malley's behavior to that of an "absentee landlord" in a November Plain Dealer story that chronicled numerous complaints and a higher-than-normal number of custody cases -– nine since 2011 -- stemming from Hilow's courtroom later overturned by the appeals court. Counting this week's case, the number of overturned cases is now 11.

Through a court spokeswoman, Hilow and O'Malley have said it is improper to comment on cases before the court.

Multiple attorneys told the Plain Dealer that O'Malley rarely agreed with objections to Hilow's decisions.

But things may have changed since that November story.

In one high-profile case involving an infant removed from her mother, who used marijuana tea during pregnancy, O'Malley ordered the baby returned home.

In the five weeks since November, he's twice sustained, or agreed, with objections her decisions.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Judge Lee A. Schreiber: Dad "suspected" in murder of estranged wife retains custody of 8- and 10-year-old daughters (Lee County, Florida)

More insanity from the fathers rights-dominated state of Florida. The state that typically leads the US in father custody-related murders.

There is no "speculation" here. The research and the evidence is very clear: these children are at a VERY HIGH RISK of abuse and murder. Check out Josh Powell, the guy who was never arrested for the murder of his wife--who went on to murder his sons.

Judge: Sievers girls to stay with father, DCF petition denied

BEN BRASCH, BBRASCH@NEWS-PRESS.COM 8:34 p.m. EST December 7, 2015

Despite a state agency's attempt to take his children away after documents implicated him in his wife's killing, a judge ruled Mark Sievers' two daughters will remain in his custody.

Circuit Judge Lee A. Schreiber denied Monday a Department of Children and Families sheltering petition to remove Sievers' daughters, ages 8 and 11.

Sievers has not been charged with a crime, but documents released by the state attorney's office Tuesday linked him with two men arrested in the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers — Curtis Wayne Wright Jr., 47, and Jimmy Rodgers, 25. According to court documents, witness testimony alleges Sievers hired his longtime friend, Wright, to kill his wife. Wright then planned to pay Rodgers $10,000 to help him. Rodgers is in a Illinois prison on an unrelated gun charge.

Schreiber underscored that when she denied the request: "The possibility that the father would abscond, that he would place the children in harm's way, (that) he would intentionally harm the children as he is alleged to have harmed their mother, is just that – it's a possibility. The grounds to remove children from parents is more probable than not, probably this happened. I can't speculate about what's going to happen in the future. There is a reason why it's a probable cause standard and not 'I think this happened, we think this might happen, we're suspicious this might happen, we have concerns that this may happen, there's a possibility this may happen' – that's not the standard for removing children, so I deny the shelter petition." Mark Sievers was present at the Lee County Courthouse for a shelter hearing for his two children on Monday. Sievers will keep custody of his children after a judge denied a DCF request for a sheltering petition.

Teresa Sievers, 46, was found dead in her Bonita Springs home June 29. An autopsy showed she died of blunt force trauma to the head and investigative files say a bloodied hammer was found beside her body.

The DCF scheduled an emergency shelter hearing for Friday after someone called a child protection investigator. Schreiber continued the hearing to Monday.

Sievers remained emotionless throughout Monday's hearing, which the girls did not attend.

Sievers refused to answer questions by the media after the hearing. His attorney, Lee Hollander, attended but left before the proceedings ended. Mark Sievers exiting the Lee County courtroom Monday where a judge denied a DCF petition to take his daughters away.

Despite court documents implicating him in the killing of his wife, Sievers will retain custody of his daughters, ages 8 and 11.

Natalie Harrell, DCF spokeswoman, said child safety is the agency's top priority.

"If we receive concerning information that we believe could signal impending danger for children involved, as we did in this case, we take immediate steps to ensure the safety of the children," she wrote in an email. "Moving forward, we will keep our investigation open; however, we have limited ability to work with the family unless the father is arrested."

Harrell said she couldn't comment further, citing HIPPA laws.

Theresa Fracek, a DCF program administrator with years of experience investigating child maltreatment, testified that the agency's "specific concern is the result of the impending danger."

Fracek said the agency didn't know Sievers was more than a person of interest — common to homicide cases in which one spouse is still alive and uncooperative with authorities — until Wednesday.

"We became aware from information media released," she said.

Schreiber asked Fracek why DCF didn't remove the girls from their father's custody, which it doesn't need the court's permission to do.

"It just seems like this was not the normal protocol," Schreiber said. Fracek said: "Our concern was the reaction by the father … We were trying to coordinate with the father."

Big question: Will Mark Sievers be arrested?

Fracek said another arrest is "very likely" and described the situation as having "extenuating circumstances beyond the norm."

Under cross examination by Pamela Montgomery, who represented Sievers at the hearing, Fracek said the agency didn't contact him for fear of what he could do to the children.

"This is based purely on speculation," Montgomery said in closing. "The children are safe."

Schreiber ended the hearing with a salient reminder: "Obviously, if the facts and circumstances change, as they well may from day to day, the department clearly has authority over the statute to make a physical removal of the children."

Are children sacrificed in the interests of an abusive father's right of access? (Spain)

Important piece documenting the worldwide impact between children's deaths and abusive fathers being granted access/custody.

Are children sacrificed in the interests of an abusive father's right of access?

Irune Lauzirika 8 December 2015

Spanish law recognises children as direct victims of gender violence, but an abusive father's right of access on visits sanctioned by the judiciary means children are being killed by their estranged fathers.

On the 7th of November last, an historic demonstration in the struggle for women's rights took place in Madrid. Ángela González Carreño whose child was murdered by her ex-partner, the father, in a visit sanctioned by a judge, spoke to the enormous crowds in the protest against gender violence. Close by members of the extreme right wing party “Vox” tried without success to besmirch the face of the march. What the demonstrators reinforced were calls to respect existing laws and they emphasised in speeches and banners that structural alterations needed to be made to change societal values and to attend to the demands of the women who have experienced gender violence.

Since 2008, according to the UN, 31 children have been killed in Spain by their estranged fathers, 20 on visits sanctioned by the judiciary. Changes made in 2015 to the law on gender violence underline the need for protection of children, especially vulnerable in cases of imposed shared custody.

A major poll in 2015 found that 12.5% of women over sixteen, resident in Spain, have suffered physical and or sexual violence from their male partners or ex-partners, on at least one occasion. A UN report on Spain by the Committee for the Elimination of Violence against Women (CEDAW) reported that since 2008, 31 children had been killed by their estranged fathers, 20 of whom on access visits sanctioned by a judge. For many women and children, an apparently comfortable and secure home can be a very dangerous place indeed. The Spanish Socialist Government in 2004 introduced a pioneering law, La Ley Orgánica 1/2004 which legislated in detail on the issue of violence against women on the part of their male partners or ex-partners. The 2004 law was modified in this year of a general election, by the current conservative Government in the Ley Orgánica 8/2015, introducing important changes that recognized children as direct victims of gender violence.

However, changes to the law also gave the Courts the opportunity to make judgements on civil measures related to paternal authority. The positive effects of the law will be limited if the role that children play in gender abuse is not understood; that children are fundamental to the decisions taken by many of the women involved. Almost 25% of women who decide not to continue with an official complaint of violence, state that it is because “he is the father of my children”. Men who consider themselves the owners of their female partners, well understand the role played by the children in the lives and decisions of their mothers and may use this knowledge to coerce and dominate. Effective solutions for many women are unavailable because administrators, and above all the judiciary, are not rigorous enough although, as the centre-left daily El Pais commented in 2012, they are aware how the abusers can manipulate the situation through the children.

The response of the UN Committee on gender violence, see reference above to CEDAW, to the violence suffered by Ángela González Carreño included the requirement that the antecedents of violence must be taken into account when determining issues of custody and pattern of visits to ensure the security of the victims and their children. The Committee also demanded that the judges and administrators should be free of gender stereotypes and one Committee member observed that in Spain children were being “sacrificed on the altar of a father's rights”

Abusers are capable of adapting and disguising their violent intentions, above all where there is no agreement to shared custody. The State should remain vigilant on behalf of the children. Without reference to the feminist movement and in what appear to be for reasons of equality, those who defend these norms often use the children as a weapon with which to control and harass the victims of abuse. The consequences will be negative, especially for those women who decide to end the violent relationship but do not make an official complaint for various reasons: insufficient proof, fear, lack of faith in the administration and the courts. They will also be negative for the women who may have won their case in court but once the aggressor has completed his sentence, will no longer be given any kind of protection.

These norms flourish in the context of inequality between men and women, where for example according to studies from the European Commission, women earn 16% less than men and where 34.9% of the women at work are on part-time, as against 8.6% of working men, and where women do the majority of unpaid work in caring for others. To impose shared custody, without agreement, in such a context is to the detriment of women’s and children’s lives.

In the first place where there is no communication it will be impossible to manage even routine issues and will increase stress on the women and children; secondly one has to assume a loss of buying power which will affect negatively their quality of life. This kind of required family organization will also mean that ex-partners will have to live near each other, limiting work and social possibilities. In the face of lack of communication between parents, the children will tend to be used as a postal service as in most cases they will have to move from one partner’s house to another, on a weekly or two weekly basis, with the accompanying trauma that this involves: environmental changes, separation from friends etc. It is no surprise that these rules are invariably followed by the trumpeted statement “assuming the interests of the young person to be paramount”. However the rule in itself does not defend nor guarantee the superior interests of the young person and seems to impose other interests.

In the manifesto that Ángela González Carreño read at the beginning of the march in Madrid (7N) she rejected the imposition of shared custody and asked for the withdrawal of access to the children of men who have abused the women with whom they have lived. Her words were cheered by many of the estimated 200,000 present and via the social media by many more. The 7N calls that “the struggle must go on”, “enough is enough “, “we want to live” continue to resonate. The week following the demonstration eight women were assassinated by men in what has to be assumed was an attempt by the murderers to impede women’s increased freedoms through more intimidation, fear and murder.

Translated from Spanish by Liz Cooper

Dad convicted of burning hands of 2-year-old son in boiling water during visitation (San Leandro, California)

These days, FRs would tell you that the solution to fathers like DANTE ROBERTSON is to give them FULL custody. 'Cause somehow they were "frustrated" or something but wouldn't be if they had full control and were able to fully punish Mother as she deserved. Yea, I know. Pure bullcrap.

How about no access? No access=no abuse. But we're told that's "simplistic." Seems to me that it makes more sense than constantly "involving" sh**s like this father and somehow believing that some fantasy goodness will come out of it all.

San Leandro father convicted of child abuse

By Malaika Fraley

Posted: 12/09/15, 3:42 PM PST|Updated: 1 day ago

OAKLAND -- A San Leandro father was convicted Wednesday of felony child abuse for burning his 2-year-old son's hands with boiling hot water in 2011.

Jurors deliberated for two and a half days before finding Dante Roberson, 43, guilty of child abuse resulting in great bodily injury. Roberson, who had been free on $100,000 bail, was taken into jail custody after the verdict was read Wednesday afternoon.

The child is still undergoing treatment from the skin on his hands being melted off from hot water while under Roberson's care in September 2011. The boy's mother, who had primary custody, was not home when it happened.

A doctor testified at Roberson's trial that the child's injuries were the result of "forced submersion," according to a prosecutor.

A sentencing date will be picked Thursday.

Prosecutors seek death penalty for custodial dad who killed five children (Lexington County, South Carolina)

We've reported on custodial dad TIM JONES JR. before. Also check out this post.  He had full legal and primary custody despite numerous complaints to CPS that he was beating and starving the kids. Daddy also had a criminal record and drug issues. So far, have not seen the name of the judge who delivered these poor kids to this monster.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for South Carolina.

SC seeks death penalty for father who killed, dumped 5 kids’ bodies in AL

Posted: Dec 09, 2015 4:59 PM EST Updated: Dec 10, 2015 4:32 PM EST

By Jeremy Turnage

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The death penalty will be sought against the Lexington County father of five accused of killing his children, then dumping their bodies in Alabama.

Tim Jones, Jr., 33, appeared in court on Wednesday where Solicitor Donnie Myers served notice of his intentions to seek the death penalty.

Jones was arrested in September 2014 after he was picked up in Mississippi after going through a motor vehicle public safety checkpoint.

Jones was detained and questioned about the whereabouts of his five children, who were reported missing after the oldest ones did not show up at school and the children's mother, Amber, couldn't reach them.

Jones later told authorities that he dumped their bodies in garbage bags in a rural area off Highway 10 near Camden, Ala. Investigators say the children were killed in Lexington County between or on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, and then their bodies taken to the dump site in Alabama.

A Grand Jury indicted Jones on five counts of murder in the deaths of his children – Mera, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Abigail, 1. For Mera, Elias, Gabriel and Abigail, the indictments state the children were killed “by means of strangulation and/or other violent means or instruments” in Lexington County.

However, the indictment in Nahtahn's death says that he was killed by Jones “hitting or striking” him “by causing physical exhaustion, by mortally injuring or causing injuries” to the child “by means or instruments unknown and/or by unknown means of a wanton or reckless disregard for human life.”

Lawyer: registered sex offender dad keeping custody is "right decision" (Bakersfield, California)

Remember when the Fathers Rights movement claimed that they were just about loving daddies getting to see their children like mommies do? Remember when concerned mothers and others warned that mandatory joint custody and other schemes to promote father involvement could lead to abuses if domestic violence, child abuse, criminal behavior and the like was minimized or ignored? You remember how those concerns were dismissed as "irrational" or "hysterical"?

Welcome to the brave new world. The FRs and their minions don't just ignore abuse now. They openly flaunt that a custodial dad of an 8-year-old daughter, a dad who is a restistered sex offender, should have sole custody. And how that's a good thing. This is how sick things are now.

Dad is identified as NICHOLAS ELIZONDO.

Lawyer: sex offender dad keeping custody was the right decision

By Adam Herbets, Eyewitness News |Wednesday, December 9th 2015 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — An attorney representing a registered sex offender says he's happy with the court's ruling to not award custody to the child's mother.

Eyewitness News has been covering the story of Nicholas Elizondo and his ex-wife, Lisa Knight, for about two and a half years. Their 8-year-old daughter has been stuck in the middle of it. Ira Stoker, Elizondo's lawyer, said there is a lot more to the case than just the fact that, yes, his client is a registered sex offender.

"We deal with these issues every day in family law court," he said. "There's nothing really new here."

He went on to say that even though he's never represented a registered sex offender before, Elizondo's criminal record doesn't disqualify him from being the best parent to take care of his daughter.

These are all things that a judge in Oklahoma knew when Elizondo was awarded custody of the young girl in 2013. Stoker did not represent Elizondo in that hearing, but he studied up on the case after Knight filed for an appeal.

"He made that ruling because that was in the best interests of the child," said Stoker. "There was issues revolving (around Knight's) mental state."

Elizondo declined requests for an interview, but he did give one statement after the hearing.

"This proves I'm not a danger to my own daughter," he said.

Stoker thinks the whole thing was blown out of proportion, especially because he knew that Court Commissioner James Compton would not relitigate the original case from 2013. That means Knight would have had to show that there had been a change of circumstances to be awarded sole custody. Knight still believes there should have been enough to get a more favorable ruling.

"There might have been some sexual abuse going on," said Knight. "She won't say. She won't say why she's afraid of him ... I'd do almost anything for her, and I just keep fighting."

Knight pleaded for the opportunity to let her daughter to testify in court, but an attorney representing the minor's best interests said that wouldn't be a good idea.

"(My daughter) would have said that she wanted to live with her mother," said Knight.

The custody arrangements will stay the same. Knight will get to see her daughter three weekends out of the month, because Compton said he thinks the child needs both parents in her life.

Knight isn't convinced. She continues to be afraid of what could be going on at her ex-husband's house.

"He's a sociopath," she said. "It's scary and a lot of parents don't believe that it's happening, but it is."

Stoker said he hopes Knight doesn't try to file another appeal, for her daughter's sake.

"Anything that any loving parent can do with their child, (Elizondo) is allowed to do. He's the father," said Stoker. "He's never gotten angry. He's never even been resentful towards her ... basically she made allegations of anything that she could think of."

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dad with joint custody abuses 3-year-old daughter, girlfriend's kids (Dunmore, Pennsylvania)

Once again, the stark reality is airbrushed out of the media account. Dad ROBERT WOLISKI was obviously awarded joint custody of the 3-year-old girl, despite being an abusive little f***. Makes me wonder what evidence of abuse was present before, but ignored by a family court. It was only because of the persistent bravery of the protective mother that the abuse of his girlfriend's kids was also brought to light. Wonder how long she has fought this battle alone. How much you want to bet that Mom was abused as well?

But what judge gave this @$$hat joint custody? Who facilitated the abuse? Of course that name is not named. Rarely is.

Police: Dunmore man abused kids

Published: December 2, 2015

DUNMORE — Authorities arrested a 31-year-old Dunmore man Tuesday afternoon and charged him with beating his 3-year-old daughter and his girlfriend’s 5- and 9-year-old sons.

Robert Woliski, 1309 Prescott Ave., was taken into custody without incident on foot in the 2200 block of Stafford Avenue in Scranton at about 4:45 p.m. after a joint effort by Dunmore police, U.S. Marshals and Scranton police’s Street Crimes Unit and Special Investigations Division, Dunmore Detective Michael Lydon said.

Mr. Woliski had been on the run for a few days. He is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

A criminal complaint filed by Detective Lydon details abuse that came to light Friday after the 3-year-old’s mother picked her up from Mr. Woliski’s home and noticed a bruise on the child’s face and on her throat. She asked what happened.

“Daddy choked me and put me under water,” the child said.

The next morning, the girl complained of head pain and the mother prepared to take her to the hospital. On the way there, she called Mr. Woliski, who asked that she take the child to him so he could see what was wrong with her. She did, but ultimately took the child to Moses Taylor Hospital, which began the process that got police involved.

The three children were interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday and each spoke of the abuse. The 3-year-old said her father “slaps her in the face” and punches her. He holds her underwater during baths. Her father frightens her, she said. Police also learned that Mr. Woliski bit her near her left hip, causing a bruise.

The 9-year-old boy explained Mr. Woliski commonly grabs the girl by her throat and slams her off her bed. He also said he, too, has been grabbed around his neck and slammed against a wall. The 9-year-old did not see Mr. Woliski hold the girl under water during a bath but heard her gurgling and struggling for air, police said.

“How do you like that?” Mr. Woliski said in the bathroom, according to the boy’s statement. “Stick out your tongue, I’m biting it off.”

After, the girl exited the bathroom, crying and apparently in pain. Her tongue bled slightly.

The 5-year-old boy also said Mr. Woliski punched him in the stomach. He added that Mr. Woliski told him not to talk about “this stuff.”

Police interviewed Mr. Woliski’s live-in girlfriend Sunday, who explained Mr. Woliski would tell her the bruises she’d notice on the 3-year-old were from her falling off the bed. She suspected child abuse but feared to report it because she worried Mr. Woliski would retaliate against her sons, police said.

Before and during that interview, Mr. Woliski sent several text messages to his girlfriend, police said.

“Ok so what is going on are they looking for me,” read one.

She responded, “not that I know of.”

He sent a message: “... I’m not going back to jail for nobody but myself.”

Mr. Woliski was arraigned Tuesday night and remains in Lackawanna County Prison $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Custodial dad charged with capital murder over one year after 2-year-old son found dead (Little Rock, Arkansas)

As often happens, dad JEFFERY CLIFTON's custodial status has to be teased out of this account. Notice that the mother was alive and living in another location while Daddy and the gal pal were abusing the boy and trying to figure out how to hide his body once he died from his injuries. Of course there is not one word on how this violent father got his "rights" or who gave them. And certainly no word on who allowed him to maintain custody despite ongoing abuse.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for Arkansas.

Details released of father's arrest in death of missing son; ex-girlfriend arrested
Published December 03, 2015·
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas 2-year-old Malik Drummond died three days before a false disappearance story was reported to Searcy Police last year, according to an affidavit for his father's arrest that was released Thursday.

The affidavit and other documents were unsealed by a White County Circuit Court judge a day after police said they found Malik's body in a rural area about 50 miles northeast of where he was reported missing from his father's home in November 2014. The toddler's father, Jeffery Clifton, was being held without bond at the White County jail after being arrested late Tuesday on charges of capital murder and abuse of a corpse.

Searcy Police Sgt. Steve Hernandez also announced that Clifton's ex-girlfriend, 27-year-old Lesley Marcotte, was arrested on a preliminary charge of hindering his arrest. According to a second affidavit from police, Marcotte talked to investigators on the one-year anniversary of Malik's reported disappearance.

On Nov. 23, 2014, a neighbor called 911 to report that the toddler had walked out the screen door after seeing Clifton and Marcotte searching outside for the boy. Marcotte told police she was giving another child a bath and Clifton was sleeping when Malik walked out and disappeared.

In the documents released Thursday, Marcotte told police Clifton had beaten Malik on several occasions, and two beatings on Nov. 20, 2014, led to fatal injuries. She said the beatings came after the boy refused to eat his dinner then again after he drank another child's drink.

Later that night, Marcotte said the boy was acting strangely, but Clifton refused to take him to the hospital because of extensive bruising on Malik's body. She said she tried CPR later that night when he started making choking noises. She said Clifton took the boy outside and came back a few minutes later and told her he had died.

She told authorities Clifton planned the fake disappearance story and threatened to implicate Marcotte if the police were contacted.

Marcotte said Clifton went to work with Malik's body in the back of his pickup truck the next day, and later borrowed his brother's SUV and took the body to dispose of it early on Nov. 23.

It wasn't clear if Clifton had an attorney. Clifton's father, John Clifton, said the family had no immediate comment when contacted by The Associated Press, and a call Wednesday to a phone number believed to belong to Malik's mother rang unanswered.

The affidavit for Clifton's arrest also includes interviews with witnesses who are not identified, one of whom recorded conversations with Clifton about the child's death and the disposal of his body.

The documents do not say how police knew to search the abandoned lot where the remains they believe are Malik's were found Wednesday. The body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for final identification, but Hernandez said he does not know how long that process will take.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Unemployed dad with "five pages of criminal history" including domestic violence STILL gets weekend visitation despite choking mom (Ipswich, Australia)

Either these magistrates are idiots or they think the general public is too stupid to read.

Hurray! The magistrates paid attention is class and did their homework. They now know that choking the victim is often a future indicator of lethal violence. True enough.

And then what did they do? They sentenced Daddy to four months of jail and RELEASED HIM ON PAROLE. And he still has what appears to be weekend visitation with the kids.

So of course he can still punish Mom by taking out his resentment on the kids.

Mom is still in danger for herself, as she has to "interact" with this POS so he can endanger her kids.

This is the triumph of fathers rights, folks. Obviously there was virtually no point in Mom even prosecuting the choking incident as nothing has changed, except that the abuser is even angrier than ever.

Great job, Australia!

Father of two punched partner in the face, then choked her

Chris Owen | 1st Dec 2015 5:00 AM Updated: 5:00 PM

A MOTHER of two was punched in the face and choked by her partner, when an argument between the couple turned violent.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, the victim's partner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order.

After the argument broke out, the 35-year-old man grabbed the woman by the arm and punched her in the chin.

He then placed his hand around the woman's neck in what Magistrate Deborah Vasta described as a "choking motion". The offence took place in North Booval on September 18.

"The choking is a concern in terms of the level of violence you used," Ms Vasta told the man. "At a recent magistrate's conference, we learned that people involved in domestic violence, who move onto the choking motion, are about six times more likely to end up killing that partner."

Ms Vasta also noted the unemployed man had five pages of criminal history, which included prior domestic violence breaches against another partner.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said the man had been in a relationship with the woman for three years, and that the couple had two young children together.

Mr Fairclough said his client had not intended to cause his partner any "serious" injury and that he hoped to repair his relationship with the woman.

 "My client currently doesn't reside with his partner," he said. "He's still been able see his children and spent last weekend with them."

The man was sentenced to four months in jail and released on parole.

His sentence came one day after the State Government announced a proposal to introduce non-fatal strangulation as a criminal offence, in a bid to combat domestic violence.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new offence was about holding perpetrators to account for their actions.

"We know strangulation is a pivotal moment that reveals an escalation in the seriousness of the violence committed against a person in the context of domestic and family violence," she said.

"It is proposed that choking, strangling or suffocating a person will be an offence in its own right with a maximum penalty of seven years jail".

The strangulation offence was a recommendation of the special taskforce on domestic violence, headed by former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce. The proposal is expected to be introduced to parliament this week and could come into force as early as February.

Control freak, abusive custodial father finally loses custody of autistic sons (Toronto, Canada)

Only in a marginal sense is this about autism, homeopathy, or alternative medicine. Frankly, the father is just using all that as a club againt the mother, so that he can maintain total control.

Like a lot of abusive fathers, he's not even interested in seeing the kids unless he "owns" them.

Like a lot of abusive fathers, he's intent on denying the mother contact or visitation.

And like a lot of abusive fathers, he really likes soaking Mom for money.

All the red flags are here.

And yet somehow he got custody. And somehow he retained custody for some time despite the fact that he could have killed this child due to his dogmatic opposition to antibiotics.

And he STILL gets access and visitation, a very dangerous thing for a control freak/abuser who has been "spurned."


Father wouldn't stop homeopathy on autistic sons, loses custody

By Megan Hamilton yesterday in

Health. Toronto - A father in Ontario lost custody of his two young sons, in part because he refused to stop trying to cure the boys' autism and other illnesses with homeopathy.

The boys, aged nine and ten have "severe and profound" autism spectrum disorder. The boys' father is a 48-year-old computer programmer who lives in the Greater Toronto Area, the National Post reports.

The treatments weren't effective, and "they had negative effects," according to a court decision that granted sole custody to the boys' mother.

During an October hearing, the children's mother sought a court order demanding her ex-husband stop using homeopathic treatments on their sons, DeadState reports. Her argument was that the boys' father was "looking for a 'cure' for autism" instead of trying to find a method of managing the disorder.

He will now see the children three weekends a month, and will share access on holidays, the National Post reports.

 Homeopathy, a practice developed in Germany, has its' roots in the early 19th century, and is considered an alternative therapy.

In her testimony before the Ontario Court of Justice, the mother said the ill-effects of her ex-husband's "treatments," which were being used to lessen one boy's spasms instead made him "very aggressive," DeadState reports.

"He would not stop hitting everyone and it took about two weeks for the [behavior] to stop and for him to return to his normal state," she said.

In another instance, the father allegedly didn't use antibiotics for an infected cut on the nine-year-old's finger and kept the boy from his mother while trying to treat the infection with homeopathic remedies. That only made the infection worse.

 The boys don't speak, aren't toilet-trained and are unable to dress or feed themselves, The Vancouver Sun reports.

While this case doesn't involve a serious and possibly fatal illness, it quickly could have, family lawyer Andrew Feldstein told the National Post.

 "Kids get strep throat all the time, and you need antibiotics to deal with strep throat, and if a parent is having problems with the other parent administering the antibiotics, that becomes a very serious issue," he said.

Medical care was just one part of a spate of issues that influenced the custody hearing in which both parents were seeking sole custody.

Justice Roselyn Zisman criticized the father for his refusal to see his kids during the summer, and for his threat to institutionalize the boys unless his $500 per month child-support payments were lowered.

 "If you cannot handle the children I suggest foster care, institutionalizing them, or cover my child expenses so I can take them," he wrote his ex-wife in a text last July.

In her decision, Zisman wrote "the father's decision not to see the children is the most glaring example of his inability to put the children's needs before his own need to control and punish the mother."

The ruling is just one of several custody battles involving parents with unorthodox medical views potentially endangering their kids, The Vancouver Sun reported.

Cases have included a toddler with leukemia whose father wanted to treat him with cannabis oil in lieu of chemotherapy. There have also been numerous cases where Canadian judges have ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses do not have the right to prevent their children from receiving potentially life-saving blood transfusions.

In October, Digital Journal reported on the sentencing of a Spokane man who sold industrial bleach and touted it as a cure for autism.

Louis Daniel Smith, 45, was sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Dubbed Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), Smith sold the product through his company, Project GreenLife. He claimed it cured a variety of diseases and illnesses, but this 'miracle cure' was actually sodium chlorite mixed with water.

 In a statement the Department of Justice reported that sodium chlorite "cannot be sold for human consumption, and suppliers of the chemical include a warning sheet stating that it can cause potentially fatal side effects if swallowed."

MMS is also on the FDA warnings list due to the fact that it's toxic and causes, diarrhea, fatigue, low blood pressure associated with severe dehydration, and severe vomiting.

Touted as a cure for autism, parents desperately forced their kids to drink it or gave it to them as an enema, which destroys the lining of their intestinal tracts and kills healthy gut bacteria.

It was also alleged that Smith instructed customers to mix the product with citric acid, and that creates chlorine dioxide. It's a chemical used as a bleach for textiles and pulp for paper products. Chronic exposure to small doses of chlorine dioxide can result in neurodevelopmental and reproductive damage.

The National Post noted that some homeopaths dilute their medicines so much that a dose may only contain one or two molecules of the "active" ingredient.