My story is part of an effort by Safe Kids International http://www.safekidsinternational.org/ to raise awareness about an issue of social injustice which is endangering millions of children around the world. There is an epidemic of family court judges deliberately disregarding substantial evidence of serious child abuse and granting custody to the abusive father. This is my story.
Judge John Phillips of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida is in the process of enforcing an Order in Stark County, Ohio to take my sixteen year old daughter by force, and place her in an extremely dangerous home of an abusive father and step mother, who is also a Guardian Ad Litem in the same Florida court. This Order was obtained without evidence of abuse and violence being presented in Ohio when I moved back to my hometown of Canton to care for my terminally ill mother before she passed away. I was ordered by a Judge in North Carolina, where we had lived just prior, to keep my children “away” from the violent home in Florida, and to get the current Protective Order in effect immediately when I moved to Ohio. I tried desperately, but was refused assistance from Legal Aid (see letters) and was not offered any other resources or services to protect the safety of my children, and without child support or a paying job, I definitely couldn’t afford an attorney!
On June 29, 2011, my son was hiding under the bed, and my daughter cried and begged the sheriff to not make her go as she held on to my arm. This was also the last time I had been allowed any contact with my twelve year old son, and my daughter had to run away from that Florida home to save her own life.
I have been warned by child advocates , investigators, and victims of this Florida judge, that it doesn’t matter what I file or how hard I try to fight for my children’s safety, any, and all orders by Phillips WILL be denied! Further, I was warned that if I go to Florida I will be jailed! I got charged nearly ten thousand dollars after the father abused the children and lost custody previously. That was what they charged me alone, and I had nothing to do with the abuse. I could not afford to pay the nearly ten thousand dollars in Guardian Ad Litem fees since I was not getting any kind of child support, and wasn’t working at the time, so FLORIDA issued a “Bodily Writ of Attachment” against “me” for not paying for the abuse caused by the father!
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Jul 20, 2014