Sunday, May 31, 2009

Father accused of shaking infant bonds out of jail (Bradenton, FL)



"Currently, he has to be supervised when he is with the baby"--who is still in hospital by the way. And why does this guy get to visit his victim in the hospital? Did the baby request visitation?

Father accused of shaking infant bonds out of jail


MANATEE — A 28-year-old man bonded out of jail Saturday on a $4,000 bond after he allegedly shook his 4-month-old daughter in frustration.

Zenaido Baltazar of Bradenton was arrested Friday by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he reportedly confessed to shaking the child in frustration about a month ago, according to an arrest report.

The child remains hospitalized at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, according to court proceedings Saturday.

Zenaido Baltazar


A doctor noted the baby’s injuries are consistent with being shaken, said Judge Doug Henderson in court.

Baltazar will have to go before the court on Monday for a shelter review to determine where the child should be placed, according to Child Protection Services caseworkers.

Currently, he has to be supervised when he is with the baby.

If the child is released from the hospital, she will be released to the mother.

Baltazar faces charges of aggravated child abuse for shaking the baby and child neglect for not following up with a call to 911 when the baby reacted from the April 29 incident, Henderson said.

According to the report, he told investigators the baby was crying and he shook the child for about 30 seconds until her arms went straight out and limp.

Baltazar has no prior record.

Beth Burger, criminal justice reporter, can be reached at 708-7919.

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Father, two children dead in apparent Oregon murder-suicide


When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.   There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall - think of it, always.” - Gandhi


Sadly, our predictions were correct. It was a father who was "unemployed" with "emotional issues related to his divorce."

Father, two children dead in apparent Oregon murder-suicide

Associated Press - May 31, 2009 7:53 AM ET

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say a 45-year-old father found dead with his two children along a hiking trail is believed to have shot them before killing himself.

The bodies were found at a nature preserve Friday. A medical examiner confirms that all three were shot with a 9mm. handgun and authorities recovered such a gun from the site.

A police spokesman tells KGW news that detectives have interviewed family members and believe the father had emotional issues linked to his divorce. He had no criminal record but was unemployed .

It is the second time in a week that a parent in the Portland area has been suspected of killing a child.

Amanda Stott-Smith is charged with aggravated murder for allegedly throwing her two children off of a bridge into the Willamette River a week earlier. Her 4-year-old son died, but his 7-year-old sister survived.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Swastika kids' health at risk, social worker testifies (Canada)


[It appears that the parents of the "Swastika kids" are now separated, and each one wants sole custody.]

Swastika kids' health at risk, social worker testifies

A social worker testified Thursday that there were health concerns for two young children beyond the white supremacist teachings they were allegedly being given by their parents. The social worker said that the younger child would be kept in a dirty diaper all day long and that his father would ignore the children to watch television or talk to friends over the Internet. 

The social worker also testified that the parents, who are now separated, showed up at their child's school smelling of alcohol, according to school officials.

Both parents have asked for sole custody of the children. The girl's biological father says he doesn't want the stepfather to have custody of either child.

The Winnipeg case has come to national attention after it was heard that one of the children, a girl, once arrived at school with a swastika written on her body.

The girl and her younger brother were taken from the family by provincial child services officials last year after the schooling incident.

Social workers have testified that the parents taught the girl to hate black people and other minorities.

The lawyer for the father of the young boy has argued that his client's racist beliefs are not a child custody issue. The mother has argued the same thing.

Under Manitoba law, neither the witnesses nor the family can be identified.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Police Investigate A Murder-Suicide, Neighbors React

Staunton Police Investigate A Murder-Suicide, Neighbors React

Daniel Knight shot and killed his wife, 23-year-old Amber Knight before shooting himself.
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Posted: 12:13 PM May 27, 2009
Last Updated: 5:11 PM May 27, 2009
Reporter: WHSV Harrisonburg


Murder-Suicide in Staunton

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Staunton Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to our sister station WHSV Harrisonburg.

Police say the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday (5/26) in the 600 Block of Grubert St. in Staunton. According to Police, 24-year-old Daniel Knight shot and killed his wife, 23-year-old Amber Knight before shooting himself.

Police were called at 8:36 p.m. Tuesday night by family who wanted a welfare check done at the home at 617 Grubert Avenue. That's when police discovered the bodies. Police believe the shootings happened Tuesday night but neighbors say they heard gunshots late Monday (5/25) or early Tuesday (5/26).

In the hours before the shooting, Daniel Knight posted several messages on his My Space page indicating that his death was near. Police report no history of violence at the home.

Neighbors on Grubert Avenue describe Daniel and Amber Knight as quiet people. The last thing they say they expected to hear was two loud booms.

Albert Whisman, a neighbor, says, "It sounded like 'boom boom.'"

When police went to see what happened, they found two bodies laying close together in the living room. Staunton police used force to enter the house.

The house was locked up with the blinds drawn, so the only sign of anything out of the ordinary were medical gloves lying on the ground.

Police say Knight used a high powered rifle to carry out the murder-suicide. While investigators wouldn't add much, they do say it was a terrible scene.

Officer Lisa Klein, with the Staunton Police Department, says the events are tragic.

Visibly shaken landlords went inside the home Wednesday, armed with garbage bags and towels. They made no comment.

Neighbors say they can't believe what happened.

Police say autopsies are being performed on Daniel and Amber's bodies in Roanoke.

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Possible murder-suicide probed in Kinderhook
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KINDERHOOK - The Columbia County Sheriff's Department just released details about a possible murder suicide in Kinderhook. They said they got a call from ...
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William G. Austin 
Kelly and Ramsey (2009) propose that it is time to examine the costs and benefits courts and participants derive from child custody evaluations. A structure for a research program was suggested. This article endorses this call for such an examination on the system that provides for forensic mental health evaluations for custody disputes. There is a need to examine the costs and benefits of various types of approaches that are emerging, including the comprehensive evaluation and brief, focused evaluations. This article suggests that there is a need for forensic quality control of the work product that is produced by evaluators. Courts are cognizant of the need to encourage settlement between parties, but they also need to be accurate in making judicial determinations that will be in the best interests of children. Quality evaluations are a cornerstone in working toward this goal. Kelly and Ramsey are mindful of the need for evaluations to facilitate settlement, but also to get it right for the court on accurate predictions about children's developmental outcomes.

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Boy in care of foster father found hanging from tree

Boy found hanging from tree

Associated Press
Originally published 08:49 a.m., May 27, 2009
Updated 11:54 a.m., May 27, 2009

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - State and county authorities are investigating the Memorial Day death of an 8-year-old foster child found hanging from a tree.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Goodwin said David "Charlie" Cotten was fishing with his two brothers, ages 7 and 10, and their foster father, reserve deputy Kam Sandstrom, as well as deputy Edwin Fitzgerald and his two sons.

Sandstrom told investigators Cotten accidentally struck another boy with his fishing pole and was told to stop fishing for a while.

When he hadn't returned after 15 minutes, Sandstrom called out to the boy, who answered he was OK. When the child hadn't returned after another 15 minutes, Sandstrom said he sent two children to look for his foster son but they couldn't find him.

About that time, the boy's foster grandfather, Sid Sandstrom, arrived at the fishing site and saw the boy hanging from a tree by baling twine.

"Sid ran over to Charlie grabbing him around the waist to remove the baling twine and lifting him up while his wife yelled for Kam to come help," according to a report by deputy Mark Mack.

An ambulance was called and paramedics tried to revive the boy. He was pronounced dead at Middle Tennessee Medical Center about an hour after he arrived, officials said.

The state Department of Children's Services is investigating. The two other foster children have been removed from the home "in an abundance of caution," spokesman Rob Johnson said.

A Sandstrom family member told The Daily News Journal they had been told not to comment.

Reserve deputies are unpaid volunteers who assist at large public events and sometimes ride along with certified deputies, the sheriff's department said.

More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.

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Father kills toddler in murder-suicide

Father kills toddler in murder-suicide

Posted: 12:47 AM May 27, 2009
Last Updated: 6:27 PM May 27, 2009
Reporter: Tamara Evans
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Man Shots Young Son, Then Himself

It's a crime so horrible, it's difficult to hear. A Bardstown father shoots his young son and then turns the gun on himself.

Looking at the big smile and bright eyes of 21-month-old Cole Frazier, it's obvious he was a happy toddler.

"He was a darling little boy," says Sister Mary Driscoll, a former teacher and current neighbor to Tim Frazier.

Sister Mary Driscoll says she though Timothy Frazier was a good dad, who was once a bright student, so she was shocked to hear he shot his son inside their Tree Top Drive home in Bardstown on Tuesday.

"I just thought he was a loving young man and it was a terrible shock to hear," says Sister Mary Driscoll.

Police say on Tuesday Tim Frazier, in the middle of a custody battle, shot his son and then himself.

"Just because he couldn't get along with my daughter, he does something like this and just destroys peoples lives. He shot an innocent baby," says Kevin Clark, the grandfather of Cole Frazier.

The family of Cole Frazier says they hadn't been able to see the toddler or speak to him in two weeks because of an EPO being filed by his father against Cole's mother, Candice Dempsey, one they say shouldn't have been approved by the court.

"Decided to write a bunch of lies. Untrue, not documented and the judge signs off on it," says Kevin Clark.

They say the court system made a bad decision but they were expected to get Cole back Wednesday.

"For two weeks we haven't seen him and now the next time we see him he'll be in a casket. This is our only grandchild and now we won't have him anymore," says Kevin Clark.

It's a tragic shooting that this family says should never happen to anyone.

"I just hope people pray for us because it's just terrible. I pray to God nobody has to go through this again. He loved that little boy so much and now we'll have to bury him. It's just awful," says Kevin Clark.

According to the Nelson County Jail, Tim Frazier had been arrested nine times since 1998, most of those for driving under the influence, alcohol intoxication, and criminal mischief.

The family of Cole Frazier says funeral arrangements haven't been finalized just yet but they are being handled by Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Curt Brungardt (Jana Mackey’s step father) Rally urged Governor to veto provision t0 divert funds from Planned Parenthood

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Governor urged to veto provision that would divert funds from Planned Parenthood

Parkinson urged to veto budget provision cutting $300,000 from organization

By Scott Rothschild

May 19, 2009

Topeka — Gov. Mark Parkinson was urged Tuesday to veto a budget provision that would divert away from Planned Parenthood about $300,000 in federal funds for family planning services.

About 25 people rallied outside the Capitol and then delivered to Parkinson’s office a petition signed by 3,000 Kansans in support of birth control, sex education, family planning and emergency contraception.

Curt Brungardt, the stepfather of Jana Mackey, who was murdered in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend, speaks Tuesday to a group outside the Capitol in Topeka, urging Gov. Mark Parkinson to veto a provision that would divert approximately $300,000 in federal funds away from Planned Parenthood. The provision was put into the budget by lawmakers who oppose abortion.

Photo by Scott Rothschild

Curt Brungardt, the stepfather of Jana Mackey, who was murdered in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend, speaks Tuesday to a group outside the Capitol in Topeka, urging Gov. Mark Parkinson to veto a provision that would divert approximately $300,000 in federal funds away from Planned Parenthood. The provision was put into the budget by lawmakers who oppose abortion.

Holly Weatherford, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said that without the funding, the organization’s clinic in Hays may have to shut down, and its clinic in Wichita will have to turn away women from getting basic health care services.

Pedro Irigonegaray, a Topeka attorney, said the de-funding provision was an affront to equal rights for women.

“In order to have freedom, we need people to step up to the plate and say, ‘I’m not indifferent,’” he said.

Curt Brungardt, the stepfather of Jana Mackey, a Lawrence resident and avid women’s rights advocate who was murdered in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend, also spoke at the rally, urging a veto of the provision.

“What Jana taught me is that issues of women are all about equality,” said Brungardt, who is a professor at Fort Hays State University. The National Organization for Women also participated in the rally.

The proposal was put in the budget in the last moments of the legislative session by lawmakers who oppose abortion.

“There is simply no reason in the world why the taxpayer dollars of hundreds of thousands of pro-life Kansans should be used to underwrite abortion providers in this state, particularly those under criminal indictment and investigation,” said state Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, one of the authors of the budget provision.

Huelskamp was referring to a case filed by former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline against Planned Parenthood in Overland Park that includes 107 charges of falsifying abortion records and performing illegal late-term abortions. Planned Parenthood denies the accusations.

Those at the rally noted that the federal funding at issue cannot be used for abortions. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park is the only one that does abortions, and it receives no share of those federal funds, Weatherford said.

But Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, urged Parkinson to allow the provision to become law, saying that it would redirect the $300,000 to public clinics and hospitals.

“Especially in an era of drastic funding problems for state hospitals and ‘safety net’ clinics, why in the world should a highly profitable private abortion business gobble up our tax money?” Culp asked.

Jeanne Gawdun, of Kansans for Life, said Planned Parenthood’s distribution of contraceptives encouraged sexual activity, and when the contraception failed, it resulted in more abortions.

“They’re in the business of selling abortions,” she said.

Weatherford, with Planned Parenthood, however, said the organization was a trusted provider of family planning and reproductive services. The group helps more than 10,000 low-income, under-insured and uninsured women per year in Kansas, she said.

Parkinson’s office declined to say what the governor would do about the provision. He received the budget bill on Friday and has until Monday to act on it.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Sympathy For The Abuser

Sympathy For The Abuser

With the recent report from "The Code of Silence", pride and denial raises its head as the football team bombards the Australian Community with their macho rhetoric on the right to rape and shame their victims. They couldn't get out of the fact that they had participated in some type of sex, so "She Consented" has become the starting point of a major attack on women that dared to speak out against their actions. In some headlines, this has been labeled as "group sex" and a sympathy parade has gone out to support a man who participated in it.
The women known as "Clare" had suffered from post natal depression after being treated like a doll by six men. "group sex" usually defines a group of equal numbers in sex, but in this experience it was 6 males against one 19 year old girl. With or without consent, this was a slaughter on one young women.
She consented to two of them whilst the others intruded upon her body.
Charmyne Palavi bravely spoke out about her experience of date rape by one of the football players and how difficult it is to report considering their fame and support. Whilst she has been a willing participant of the scene and the men that she had dated, this act was one of many outrages experienced by female supporters of football that were not consented to. She spoke out against the exploitation of girls as young as 16 who were taken by these footballers. Since the episode went to air on four corners, hate groups and degrading attacks have been launched against them within the media and online.
It does not matter whether a women is beautiful, ugly, elegent, plain, black, white, rich or poor - It is the message that is important. As human beings we all have floors and they are often raised when a greater injustice has occurred. Audre Lorde stated, "To degrade someone, even with that person's expressed consent is to endorse the degradation of persons. It is to affirm that the abuse of persons is acceptable.
It is certainly true in this circumstance and evidential in the media that condones violence against women whether it be apart of a religion, sub culture or way of life - there is no reason why it is acceptable. Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis said in nine news report, "The group sex session involving rugby league personality Matther Johns was predatory, degrading and offensive". A poll currently shows more support for the man who took part in the group. Add your vote here.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tragic Santa Clara County custody case:Dad suspected in girl's death

Tragic Santa Clara County custody case: Dad suspected in girl's death

By Karen de Sá

Mercury News

Posted: 05/13/2009 06:31:55 PM PDT

Updated: 05/13/2009 10:20:15 PM PDT

Powerless and tormented, a Campbell mother awaits the story her daughter's bones will tell.

The remains of Alycia Augusta Mesiti-Allen, 14 when she vanished in August 2006, are now in the hands of toxicologists and coroners. Since March, when cadaver-sniffing dogs found her body buried in the unkempt yard of her father's former Central Valley home, detectives have scoured for evidence from the girl's petite frame.

Those detectives say the clues point to her father, Mark Edward Mesiti, as a suspect in her death and say an arrest is imminent. With a lengthy criminal past, the 41-year-old was still granted custody of Alycia and her older brother in Santa Clara County Superior Court less than a year before the girl went missing.

The death of the smiling teen, who loved horses and Shakira, lays bare the intractable choices that family court judges face every day, but the tragic outcome has everyone who worked on Alycia's case looking back wondering what more could have been done.

The family's legal history is a tangle of allegations traded through restraining orders and court filings. A court investigator described Roberta Allen, now 39, as an unfit mother who had battled with depression. But Alycia's father is now being held on $500,000 bail in a Los Angeles County jail on unrelated charges of child endangerment and running a methamphetamine lab.

Ceres police say they no longer believe Mesiti's story that the girl ran away during a camping trip with friends and her pet Chihuahua. "Dad's story was he was getting phone calls periodically" from the missing girl, said Sgt. James Robbins. "But it doesn't appear she ever left the house."

Alycia and her brother, now 19 and in the military, were placed in Mesiti's care by the family court in November 2005. During the previous seven years, court records show, Mesiti had been convicted of state and federal charges, including bank fraud and drunken driving. He also was charged with domestic violence and ordered to attend anger-management classes after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. After failing to comply with court orders to attend drug- and alcohol-treatment programs, he landed in prison for violating probation.

Danger signs

Nonetheless, Roberta Allen described her years-long legal battle as "very angled toward Mark. I couldn't afford an attorney. He had one."

And over the nine months the children lived with their father before Alycia disappeared, police and child welfare workers fielded repeated warnings of danger in their single-family home in a neat, unremarkable Ceres suburb. Beginning in 2005, the children's court-appointed lawyer, Jonnie Herring, reported her concerns, recommending only a supervised, temporary placement with Mesiti due to "sufficient issues and risks to these minors." In 2006, she reported that Mesiti had failed to comply with court orders to enroll his children in school and remain in touch.

"I am deeply concerned about both minors, especially Alycia," Herring wrote in a report to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vincent Chiarello.

Allen said she also reported that the children were often hungry, subject to abuse, and unable to call their mother despite her court-ordered visitation and contact rights. Local police confirm they made visits to the home.

Clearly, the family court had a complex case on its hands with few ideal options when Judge Chiarello granted Mesiti custody. The legal battle had raged for eight years without resolution. The children had been bounced between aunts and grandparents and, in a reflection of the case's complexity, the judge appointed Herring to grant them an independent voice in court. Their parents had gone through mediation, counseling and psychological evaluations.

"There were a lot of issues with both parents," said Scott Sagaria, a San Jose attorney who represented Mesiti in claims his client made against Allen — including that she'd attempted suicide and once hit her son. Noting attorney-client privilege limited his ability to discuss the case, Sagaria added: "There was a lot of conduct by the mother in the case where, in my opinion, the court had very little alternative."

Calls to Mesiti's public defender in his Los Angeles case have gone unanswered.

'No good options'

Chiarello, too, has declined to comment. But Supervising Family Court Judge Susan Bernardini, who spoke only in generalities and not specifically on the Mesiti case, described the difficulty of serving on her bench. "Cases with no good options are a centerpiece of being a judge in family court," she said. "We have to make a decision no one else will make."

In the case of a tragic outcome, she added, "You wonder and you look back and you always say: Is there anything anyone could have done?"

Allen, a former assembly worker now working for a restaurant, was deemed unfit by the court. She had made a frank admission to feeling depressed after what she described as years of persecution by her children's father. Before Chiarello's decision, records show, Allen told the court she had fled multiple states to get away from Mesiti and even to Canada, where she and the children stayed in battered women's shelters.

But while Mesiti's court filings were formal, typed responses from his private attorney, Allen's pleading letters to judges were handwritten. She reluctantly agreed to sign off on the custody order — in large part, she says, because she could not afford to raise the children without the child-support payments Mesiti had been ordered to make.

"There were plenty of red flags going up all over the place," she said, "but they wouldn't see them."

When Alycia disappeared in 2006, Allen said she never believed the girl had simply run off. "I knew in my heart of hearts that she was gone, but no one would listen to me. I was fighting with police, saying 'She's not a runaway, she's a missing person!' " Allen recalled. "But the police stopped taking my calls. They said, 'She'll come home, she'll come home.' "

And so for 2 1/2 years, Allen went mad with worry. Alycia's disappearance was not elevated to a homicide investigation until the longtime detective on the case retired and Sgt. Robbins, the Ceres investigations supervisor, ordered up a fresh round of interviews.

Robbins declined to give specifics because the case is still pending, but he said those interviews turned up "detailed information we didn't have the first time." Police obtained a search warrant for Mesiti's former home on Alexis Court, which he is said to have abandoned a few months after Alycia vanished.

The case broke open with the discovery of Alycia's remains. Within days, police burst into Mesiti's Los Angeles apartment and say they found evidence of a meth lab. Now, he and the girlfriend he had lived with in Ceres face a series of court hearings on drug and child-endangerment charges; the girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter had been living with the couple when they were arrested March 28.

Girl's memorial

Mesiti was in jail when his daughter's memorial was held last month in a Cupertino chapel. During the service, a lifetime of classic childhood moments beamed from photos spanning her short decade-and-a-half: Alycia mugging in an oversized T-shirt, stirring a pot of macaroni and cheese and hugging a Snoopy doll. In the last photos, she posed for her eighth-grade prom, a fleeting brush with adolescence.

For her part, Allen tosses endlessly most nights. She tries to stay focused on her last day with Alycia, when she and her daughter ate tuna sandwiches and splashed in a downtown San Jose fountain.

Their next encounter would be three years later at the Stanislaus County coroner's office.

"I couldn't even pick up her personal effects," Allen lamented. "There was nothing. There's just nothing left of her."

Contact Karen de Sá at or 408-920-5781.


Nov. 22, 2005: Santa Clara County Superior Court places Alycia Mesiti-Allen with father, Mark Edward Mesiti.
Aug. 15, 2006: Alycia, 14, goes missing; her father reports she ran away after leaving for a camping trip with friends and a pet Chihuahua.
January 2009: Ceres police Sgt. James Robbins takes over the department"s investigative unit and has detectives review their cases. As a result, Alycia"s family members are contacted again and new undisclosed information leads to a search warrant.
March 26, 2009: After police obtain a search warrant, a body is unearthed outside the Ceres home where Alycia had been living with her father at the time she disappeared.
March 28: Mark Mesiti, 41, is arrested in Los Angeles along with his 39-year-old girlfriend on suspicion of running a methamphetamine lab and endangering the girlfriend"s 12-year-old daughter. Mesiti is being held on $500,000 bail.
March 31: Authorities confirm that a body found in Ceres was that of Alycia Mesiti-Allen. Ceres police describe Mesiti as a suspect in his daughter"s death, although he has not been arrested on those charges.

Source: Mercury News reporting and Ceres police

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Heather Thompson a DV victim in North Carolina has pounded the desks & doors of Domestic Violence organizations who do nothing but provide false hope

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Press Release from Bryan Gregory, A retired North Carolina Trooper

"Heather Thompson may be celebrating her last Mother's Day- if she doesn't receive the help and support that she needs from law enforcement, South and North Carolina Department of Corrections, Public Officials & Domestic Violence Organizations who are paid to serve and protect her"
Of all except her, I probably know her story better than anyone else. I’m a part of it. I’ve written it. But this woman has had to live it.
Although May 29 is not that far away and she has mountains to climb before then, she’s taking time this weekend just as we are, to be with her family & Mother. This may be her last one, so as we celebrate this day, let us remember Heather.
In just a matter of days, her ex-husband and self-described killer will be out of prison. He may be under supervision for awhile, but without GPS monitoring, he’ll be able to go and do as he pleases. There’s no reason we’ve found to believe otherwise … If he carries out the continuous threats that he’s made to her, he’ll kill her.
She’s pounded on all the desks and doors. She’s been run around in circles by all domestic violence organizations and more. When confronted, they’ll tell you they’re doing all that they can and her needs are being met. But the reality is … They’re filling their pockets with our money and doing nothing.
We’ve waited until this late hour assuming they’d act … They have not. All her bills are overdue and basic services are threatened to be cut off. If needed, she has places to flee but no back-up money to even get her and her family there. And what if their cell phones are cut off? It infuriates me that I must beg you now to take up their slack.
Her pretty smile is fading. Heather feels like she’s drowning now with not a life jacket in sight. Although she’s not asked me to do this, I must.

Here’s her mailing address…
Heather Thompson
PO Box 697
Indian Trail, NC 28079

I don’t care if you can only scrape up five dollars. Send it to her and she’ll joyfully take it. Because she’s had so much practice, she’s an expert now … She can turn little’s into a whole lot. Your prayers are always welcomed … But if we’re gonna expect God’s help, I’m sure he’d be much more willing once we’ve stepped up to the plate.
If you’ve not yet read her story, check it out at

And if you can think of anyone else who might care … Feel free to copy & paste and spread this message everywhere.
Bryan Gregory
"Justice will only be achieved when those who are not injured by crime are as angry as those who are."
- King Solomon (635-577 BC)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

False Allegations are a Small Factor in The Family Courts


False Allegations are a small factor in the Family Courts

Even one of the strongest family violence critics admitted that in a majority of child abuse cases had substance in it.




PRLog (Press Release)May 12, 2009 – DR Richard A Gardner, the man who coined the term Parent Alienation Syndrome stated, “The vast majority ("probably over 95%") of all sex abuse allegations are valid”.  Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (pp. 7, 140). 
Like the recent report about St John’s Ambulances “Hush Money for sex abuse victims” fathers rights will have us all believe that most mothers and children are liars when it comes to allegations in the Family Court.  

This was not true for Cassandra Hasanovic who died at the hands of her ex partner.  The Family Court ignored her pleas and ordered her to return resulting in her death.  The Founder of the Anonymums Collective Stated, ”The falsely accused are among the privileged in the family courts, they can obtain costs and are not required to provide much evidence as the court rules upon the level of substantiation”.  

In the National Plan to reduce Violence against Women and Their Children it was stated, “The Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006, however, represents a potential obstruction to a just and integrated response to family violence in Australia”. 
Members of Anonymums not only agree to this statement, they understand the grave consequences that surround this lucrative bill.

Even the Prime Minister said, “As a nation, the time has well and truly come to have a national conversation – a public national conversation, not a private one – about how it could still be the case that in 2008 so many Australian women could have experienced violence from their partner… 
It is my gender – it is our gender – Australian men – that are responsible.

And so the question is: what are we going to do about it? 
…There are no circumstances in which the threat of violence against women is acceptable. There are no circumstances in which the thought of violence against women is acceptable. 
That on violence against women, we have simple, clear policy in two words: zero tolerance.” 
“It’s a move in the right direction and will save the government compensation money in the long run” a spokesperson for Anonymums stated.

The Founder of Anonymums added, “When Diana Bryant said “Family Violence is the Core Business of the Family Court”, many victims have begun to wonder why such force was imposed upon them in a system that is meant to protect them from such things.  Take “Family Violence” and “Core Business” out of this phrase and it becomes clear what she meant when she said this.  Family Violence Victims held captive by the court and perpetrator means that the protective parent will guarantee a great deal of money.  The message becomes clear, “To protect your children, save your life – We will need the children’s home, life savings and anything else you have”.   Either way, the victim is cornered by a bunch of legal clauses and unless they can produce more than what is required for a homicide, the child or the intimate partner violence victim is at the abusers mercy”.  

The Australian Human Rights Commission made the Following Statement about False Allegations, 
“HREOC is well aware of the concerns of some individuals and community organizations that false allegations of family violence are regularly made.  For example, i n its submission to a review of legislation regarding protection orders, the Lone Fathers’ Association states that protection orders “are employed as a routine separation procedure” by women to force their husbands out of their homes, without any violence having occurred, “and/or as a vindictive retaliatory act”.

HREOC would caution against accepting this contention uncritically. There is no doubt that Family Court proceedings often are accompanied by allegations of domestic violence and the use of protection orders. However, this may reflect the fact that domestic violence often escalates when couples separate. Australian data demonstrate that women are as likely to experience violence by previous partners as by current partners and that it is the time around and after separation which is most dangerous for women.” 
This was in 2005.   It’s been four years since this was noted and many lives at stake, some are embedded upon gravestones, a remembrance of a time when children were once again seen and not heard.

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Anonymums are: 
A collective dedicated to creating awareness and action towards improving the family court system. 
We seek integrity in uphold of the law without discrimination, humiliation, degradation or oppression. 
We seek to expose those who would continue to lobby for systematic abuse. 
We will not tolerate oppression, nor will we tolerate trivialized child abuse or corruption. 
We will not tolerate violence towards anyone

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