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#1 The most outrageous action a judge took in your family court case
“The judge gave full custody
to my ex despite
concerns for safety
and documented abuse.
The judge looked at me,
and said,”Let’s see how
you like this separation.”
I am being punished
for being a voice
for my children
and trying to
protect them from abuse.”
Unstoppable Mothers © 2016
Asheville, N.C., Sept. 9, 2016 – Seth Willis Pickering stabbed his 6-year old daughter Lila to death in front of two park rangers along the Blue Ridge Parkway. When arrested, he said, “Now they will never be able to take her away from me.. She’s happier now.. it’s what she wanted.”
Pickering was involved in a custody dispute with ex-wife Ashley Pickering. Ashley left the relationship because he was abusive towards her. Ashley, who now lives in Florida, was fighting in the courts for the return of her daughter, “I went to leave and a cop was supposed to send Lila with me, and he didn’t, and I’ve been fighting with the courts and DSS.” Ashley claims that Lila was soon to return to her care.
Lila was placed in protective custody with the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) after being removed from her father’s care, due to his violent behavior towards another woman. Lila was placed with a local family, who she knew well. The family offered to take the child in to avoid foster care. Pickering was allowed supervised visitation.
On September 9th, Lila was picked up at the home by her father, without permission, and taken to a remote camp site. Park rangers discovered Pickering with Lila, and before they could intervene, he has stabbed her to death.
Pickering is charged with first degree murder.
Lila Pickering is described as being a happy child with a beautiful smile who nickname was “Rescue Ranger” because she was willing to help anybody. Lila would have celebrated her birthday on October 1st, there will be a celebration of her life at the local elementary school where she attended. A Go Fund Me has been created by the family to help raise money for funeral expenses.
Cindy Dabil, Lila’s grandmother says Child Protective Services in Florida and in North Carolina should have done more to protect Lila. She hopes Lila’s tragic death will serve as a call to action to better protect children from abuse, and to make changes to improve the safety of children living in state care
“The mother has to comply with a court order and send her child to be alone with an abusive, violent man.
This is torture for her, and for the child, when they find themselves in a frightening situation, taken from their protector and forced into contact with a man, whom they may have witnessed seeing him beat their mother or who has been abusive to them.
This is abuse by Family Court.”
“Domestic Abuse by Proxy, Family Court Abuse: Failing to Protect Children and Mothers” is a powerful and informative video released on Youtube by Family Court Abuse (UK).
This video describes how abusive ex partners will use the family court system, and manipulate the legal process, to gain control, and inflict further harm of their victims. Abusers also seek custody to cause the most damage to a former partner; by attacking her love, and maternal bond, with her child. An abuser attacks by taking a child away from their mother, and destroying their relationship. Children are also used as pawns by an abuser in other ways designed to terrorize, hurt and harass their victim.
The legal system is a minefield for an abused woman.The process of how the family court system can perpetrate and enable domestic violence to continue is also described in this video. Family court judges and professionals often lack training in domestic violence, and do not recognize the abuse. Or, the judge and professionals have been so indoctrinated in parental alienation theories, and other prejudices, that they mistake signs of abuse for parental alienation syndrome and discredit legitimate concerns. Or see the mother’s attempts to get help as a sign that something is “wrong” with her. Domestic abuse advocates and experts are rarely consulted by the court system, and a judge has the discretion to disallow or ignore evidence presented by a mother (evidence of abuse, and expert testimony is commonly discredited by judges after a mother has been falsely labelled). Obtaining legal representation is also difficult, most women go to court without an attorney because they can not afford one. An abuser with an attorney has a powerful advantage over her, and gains an ally in the legal system.
The lives of children are also endangered when Courts work to give an identified abuse custody and/or unsupervised visits. The video mentions that the Courts order “more contact than would be usual, to enable the child and father to ‘quickly establish a relationship’“. This means there is less scrutiny, and less care given to how these decisions are being made, and the effect on the child involved.
This video will be familiar to those who have experienced family court, and offers validation to what you have endured. It is also a powerful teaching tool to educate, and raise awareness, of how the family court process fails to protect victims of domestic violence and their children.
Note: The end of the video offers suggestions on how to raise awareness of family court injustices by using social media as a platform. PMA International does not offer legal advice or professional services. Reposting this video does not constitute advice or suggestion of any kind. Please use discretion, and take reasonable care, when making decisions. If you need help or legal assistance, please contact a qualified professional and/or organization.
This article was originally posted on CBS news crimesider ( link below)
HARTFORD, Conn. – The mother of a 7-month-old boy, whose father is believed to have jumped with him into the Connecticut River, previously sought a restraining order against the father saying she feared for her safety and the baby’s.
According to the Hartford Courant, the child – Aaden Moreno – had been the focus of a child custody case between his parents. His mother, Adrienne Oyola, was granted a temporary restraining order against the father, Tony Moreno, and that order had been in effect from June 17 to June 29, when it was denied by a judge, the newspaper reported, citing court records.
Aaden Moreno was reported missing the night of Sunday, July 5, when his father, 22-year-old Tony Moreno, jumped from the Arrigoni Bridge between Middletown and Portland. Police said Monday that Tony Moreno is believed to have jumped off the bridge with the child and that the mission to find the child is now a recovery operation.
Firefighters were able to pull Tony Moreno from the river and took him to Hartford Hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition. Police later said he was upgraded to stable condition and that he was alert and conscious.
Charges are expected when the investigation is completed, police said.
CBS affiliate WFSB reports that in a petition last month for a restraining order against Tony Moreno, the child’s mother, Adrienne Oyola, wrote, “I am afraid he is going to do something to my son. He is angry and probably isn’t thinking straight.”
According to the Hartford Courant, Oyola wrote in the application that she and Tony Moreno were happy until she became pregnant and he began to verbally abuse, threaten and push her.
“He has told me he could make my son disappear any time of the day,” she wrote, according to the paper. “He told me how he could make me disappear told me how he could kill me. I sometimes am scared to sleep. He told me he would put me in the ground and put something on me to make me disintegrate faster.”
“I feel that he is a danger to my child and me and would like to leave with my child and get full custody,” she reportedly continued.
The restraining order was denied just six days before the tragedy, WFSB reports. It is unclear why.
Family Friend Says Death of Child Could Have Prevented if Family Court Listened to Concerns of Safety
May 2015, Vine Grove, KY: In the midst of a contentious custody dispute, 11-year-old Tasha Jonas was shot by her own father, 49-year-old John Jonas, who then turned the gun on himself.
“This definitely could have been prevented,” says Tanja Manojlovic, family friend. “Karina was fighting to tell the lawyers, the judges, the school and social services that having the father take custody of the child was not going to be a safe environment. But unfortunately nobody would listen.,” Monojlovic said. “The system has betrayed her.”
A hearing was set for August 19, 2015 at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Suffolk Virginia, where Tasha could have decided which parent she wanted to live with.
Mother, Karina Jonas, was on the phone with her daughter moments before she was murdered. “I had found her last night curled up in the bed hugging Tasha’s clothes. That’s all she unfortunately has left of her child,” said Tanja Monojlovic.
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The deadbeat dad who “died” to get out of paying child support, has finally paid up – but will still spend the next 60 days in the Milwaukee County House of Correction.
John McCroy, who goes by the rap name “Jakitdown,” was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of probation, after pleading guilty to two charges of felony failure to pay child support. McCroy, who lives at home with his parents and doesn’t have a job, managed to pay more than $10,000 in outstanding child support, interest and fees in March. According to his lawyer, McCroy’s grandfather gave him the funds.
McCroy garnered Internet fame after he told FOX6 reporter Meghan Dwyer that he couldn’t pay his child support because he died in a car accident. His interview went viral, as Milwaukee County prosecutors started gathering evidence for their case against him by searching through social media records on Facebook and Instagram.
He had only paid $100 in child support since 2009 when his daughter was born. He was in a car accident in 2010. He subsequently tried to claim he was disabled, which was why he couldn’t pay child support. He told the Milwaukee County family court he was unable to work because of his disability.
However, authorities determined he was not disabled back in 2011. In 2013, while serving time in the House of Correction for an unrelated crime, he was allowed work release. Records show he worked as his uncle’s automotive shop 10 hours a day, five days a week including, overtime. However, he failed to pay child support during that time period.
His mother, a corrections officer for Milwaukee County, wrote this letter to the judge, arguing her son was disabled, even though as recently as 2013, county records show he was employed full-time.
Prosecutors say they found videos of him partying a night clubs in Milwaukee just months after his accident occurred. They also saw evidence, in photos and videos, of him working out at a gym and running on a treadmill. This is more evidence, they argue, that he was fully able to work and pay child support.
“We found photos dating back to February 2010, which was less than three months after his accident, which showed the defendant partying in night clubs,” prosecutors told the judge last week.
When asked about all of the money McCroy is seen flashing on his Facebook and Instagram pages, his lawyer argued it was “prop” money, used by local rap artists in their music videos. His lawyer told the court McCroy is not a rapper, is not signed with a label, and makes no money from his so-called musical career.
In the summer of 2014, McCroy told FOX6 he made his money selling mixtapes.
The mother of his daughter, Canience Haynes, says she’s relieved the case is over and she’s happy the judge sentenced him to jail. But she’s not optimistic he’ll keep up with the payments.
“His first and last payment was in 2010 and he only made these payments because of what was going on. He won’t make nothing else,” Haynes says.
Once he’s released from jail, he will need to pay $100 a month in child support as a condition of his probation. If he doesn’t do that, he will be sent back to the House of Correction.
The fugitive father of two missing New Jersey brothers has been located and apprehended
Missing since February 5, Parker and Jaxon Dohm were found safe at a motel in New Port Richey, Florida, with their father
At the time of his arrest, Kristopher Dohm was in the company of Edward William Tarras, who was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top Ten Most Wanted’ list
On Wednesday night, New Jersey father Kristopher Dohm, 36, was located and arrested at a motel in New Port Richey, Florida, on charges related to the alleged abduction of his two sons, Parker, 8, and Jaxon, 7, in February.
The last time Sandra Hughes Dohm spoke to her children was Thursday, February 6. She told HLN’s Nancy Grace, “My ex-husband Kristopher was taking them on a trip to Nevada to see their grandparents and he was supposed to fly back with them on Monday and he never showed up with them.” The Dohms had an amicable divorce in 2012 and have shared custody of Parker and Jaxon.
Sandra said, “I was very surprised, not expecting this from him at all. Apparently, my perception of our good relationship was different than his.” The heartbroken mother took to social media to plead for any help in finding her children and ex-husband, a plea which was finally answered.
Kristopher Dohm was arrested on March 18 for interference with custody and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The boys were held with child protection investigators until their mother arrived, according to the Sussex County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office.
At the time of his arrest, Kristopher Dohm was in the company of Edward William Tarras, 39, a fugitive who had been on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” list since last August; Tarras has been charged with multiple sex crimes in that state.
According to a press release from Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Tarras was charged by the Smyrna, Tennessee, Police Department with one count of rape, two counts of sexual battery, 19 counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor over 100 times. It is alleged that on August 15, 2014, Tarras cut off his tracking bracelet and fled Tennessee.
Both Dohm and Tarras are currently in custody at the Pasco County Jail; Parker and Jaxon were apparently unharmed and have been reunited with their mother. It is unclear whether Dohm or Tarras has obtained an attorney, and calls to the Pasco County Public Defender’s Office have not been returned.
The 40-day investigation ending with the safe return of Jaxon and Parker Dohm included the help of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hopatcong Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and Child Abduction Response Team, and several offices of the United States Marshals Service.
In the press release, Prosecutor Francis Koch said they were also assisted by the local, state and national media by assuring that information about Parker and Jaxon was disseminated to the public to assist in gaining tips and leads. Koch asked HLN to “please tell Ms. Grace thank you for taking on the cause and the importance of it, for staying on it and getting the word out. Thank you.”