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Dr. Richard Gardner’s Complete Autopsy Report Founder of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” a Pedophiles ‘defense’ in Family Court

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Allow us to disabuse the pro-abusers. Dr. Richard Gardner’s son told the New York Times that his father committed suicide. Contrary to false assertions made by the father’s rights movement, Richard Gardner most certainly did not die peacefully in his sleep.

It was far uglier than that.

The Bergen County (New Jersey) Medical Examiner reported that Dr. Richard Gardner died a gory, bloody and violent death – from his own hand. Gardner took an overdose of prescription medication while stabbing himself several times in the neck and chest. Gardner plunged a butcher knife deep into his heart.

The medical examiner removed the knife from Gardner’s chest and listed the stabbing wounds as the cause of death.

(Here is Gardner’s autopsy report and the NY Times obituary.)

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Dr. Richard Gardner’s Complete Autopsy Report

Dr. Richard Gardner, M.D.
born April 28, 1931
Committed Suicide
May 25, 2003
“CAUSE OF DEATH:

Incised wounds of chest and neck.”

County Of Bergen
Department of Public Safety
Medical Examiner Autopsy Report

May 27, 2003

02030860.aut
GARDNER, Richard A.

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New York Times

June 9, 2003, Monday

METROPOLITAN DESK

Richard Gardner, 72, Dies;
Cast Doubt on Abuse Claims

By STUART LAVIETES

“Dr. Richard A. Gardner, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who developed a theory about parental alienation syndrome, which he said could lead children in high-conflict custody cases to falsely accuse a parent of abuse, died on May 25 at his home in Tenafly, N.J. He was 72.

The cause was suicide, said Dr. Gardner’s son, Andrew, who said his father had been distraught over the advancing symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a painful neurological syndrome.

Dr. Gardner, who testified in more than 400 child custody cases, maintained that children who suffered from parental alienation syndrome had been indoctrinated by a vindictive parent and obsessively denigrated the other parent without cause.

In severe cases, he recommended that courts remove children from the homes of the alienating parents and place them in the custody of the parents accused of abuse.

His theory has provoked vehement opposition from some mental health professionals, child abuse experts and lawyers. Critics argue that it lacks a scientific basis, noting that the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association have not recognized it as a syndrome.

They also say that the theory is biased against women, as allegations of abuse are usually directed at fathers, and that it is used as a weapon by lawyers seeking to undermine a mother’s credibility in court.” …

… “His marriage to Lee Gardner ended in divorce. In addition to his son, of Cherry Hill, N.J., he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Gardner Rubin of Potomac, Md., and Julie Gardner Mandelcorn, of Newton, Mass.; his mother, Amelia Gardner of Manhattan; eight grandchildren; and his partner, Natalie Weiss.

Correction: June 14, 2003, Saturday An obituary on Monday about Dr. Richard A. Gardner, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, misstated his position at Columbia University. He was a clinical professor of psychiatry in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry — an unpaid volunteer — not a professor of child psychiatry.”

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A comment about Dr. Richard Gardner’s suicide released by the last man to cross examine him, attorney Richard Ducote:

¬Ý¬ÝJune 1, 2003

Parental Alienation Syndrome is a bogus, pro-pedophillic fraud concocted by Richard Gardner. I was the last attorney to cross examine Gardner. In Paterson, NJ, he admitted that he has not spoken to the Dean of Columbia’s medical school for over 15 years, and has not had hospital admitting privileges for over 25 years.

He has not been court appointed to do anything for decades.

The only two appellate courts in the country who have considered the question of whether PAS meets the Frye test, i.e., whether it is generally accepted in the scientific community, said it does not. As Dr. Paul Fink, former president of the American Psychiatric Association has stated, Dr. Gardner and PAS should be only a “pathetic footnote” in psychiatric history. Gardner and his bogus theory have done untold damage to sexually and physically abused children and their protective parents. PAS has been rejected by every reputable organization considering it.

In a Florida case in which I was recently involved, when the judge insisted on a Frye hearing, Gardner simply did not show up. Perhaps because he finally realized that the entire nation was on to his scam, he committed suicide on May 25. Let’s pray that his ridiculous, dangerous PAS foolishness died with him.”

Richard Ducote
attorney at law
New Orleans, LA

To get a better understanding of the damage Dr. Richard Gardner did in his lifetime, go to this link:

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.”

Thomas Jefferson, 1820

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Sharia/Pedophilia/Child marriage/New Saudi Fatwa Defends Pedophilia as ‘Marriage’

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Again, this is no different than United States Family Law Courts. Where ABUSERS and BATTERERS –FATHERS get custody of their victims. Welcome to Sharia Law USA aka Family Court and FATHERS RIGHTS to abuse, mame and kill.
Richard Gardner- the ‘founder’ of Parental Alienation Syndrome defends the pedophiles ‘rights’ the FATHER in family court. http://www.cincinnatipas.com/

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Raymond Ibrahim: New Saudi Fatwa Defends Pedophilia as ‘Marriage’

Muslim “child-marriage” — euphemism for pedophilia — is making headlines again, at least in Arabic media: Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, a prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, just issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for marriage, and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.”

Appearing in Saudi papers on July 13, the fatwa complains that “Uninformed interference with Sharia rulings by the press and journalists is on the increase, posing dire consequences to society, including their interference with the question of marriage to small girls who have not reached maturity, and their demand that a minimum age be set for girls to marry.”

Fawzan insists that nowhere does Sharia set an age limit for marrying girls: like countless Muslim scholars before him, he relies on Koran 65:4, which discusses marriage to females who have not yet begun menstruating (i.e., are prepubescent) and the fact that Muhammad, Islam’s role model, married Aisha when she was 6 years old, “consummating” the marriage — or, in modern parlance, raping her — when she was 9.

The point of the Saudi fatwa, however, is not that girls as young as 9 can have sex, based on Muhammad’s example, but rather that there is no age limit whatsoever; the only question open to consideration is whether the girl is physically capable of handling her husband/rapist. Fawzan documents this point by quoting Ibn Batal’s authoritative exegesis of Sahih Bukhari:

The ulema [Islam’s interpreters] have agreed that it is permissible for fathers to marry off their small daughters, even if they are in the cradle. But it is not permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men. And their capability in this regard varies based on their nature and capacity. Aisha was 6 when she married the prophet, but he had sex with her when she was 9 [i.e., when she was deemed capable].

Fawzan concludes his fatwa with a warning: “It behooves those who call for setting a minimum age for marriage to fear Allah and not contradict his Sharia, or try to legislate things Allah did not permit. For laws are Allah’s province; and legislation is his excusive right, to be shared by none other. And among these are the rules governing marriage.”

Fawzan, of course, is not the first to insist on the legitimacy of pedophilia in Islam. Even the former grand mufti of Saudi Arabia supported “child-marriage,” since “the Koran and Sunna document it.”

Nor is this just some theoretical, theological point; the lives of many young girls are being destroyed because of this ruling. Recall, for instance, the 13-year-old girl who died while her much older husband was copulating with her (it was later revealed that, due to her reluctance, he was tying her up and “raping” her — as if there were another way to describe sex with children); or the 12-year-old who died giving birth to a stillborn; or the 10-year-old who made headlines by hiding out from her 80-year-old “husband.”

Then there are the countless anonymous girls who do nothing to warrant any media attention — such as die — and have learned to live with their elderly husbands pawing at them, like, no doubt, the girl who married Islam’s most popular cleric, Yusuf Qaradawi, when she was 14.

What do we make of the fact that it is always Islam’s religious, authoritative voices — not aberrant voices, not “terrorists,” “extremists,” or any other euphemism coined for the occasion — that are constantly demonstrating Sharia’s savageries? Weeks before this fatwa, a female politician and activist in Kuwait called for institutionalizing sex-slavery (recommending that Muslims buy and sell female Russian captives from the Chechnya war); a popular Egyptian preacher not only said the same thing, but added that the solution to Islam’s poverty is to go on jihad and plunder the lives and possessions of infidels.

Sounds odd? Perhaps; but it is perfectly consistent. After all, distilled and in the eyes of the non-believer, Sharia law is nothing less than a legal system built atop the words and deeds of a 7th century Arab, whose behavior — from pedophilia and sex-slavery to war mongering and plundering — was very much that of a 7th century Arab. Having enticed or enslaved his contemporaries into following him, his teachings continue to entice and enslave their descendants; and, now as then, it is always the innocent who suffer.

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CT: Report: Most Domestic Homicide Victims WERE UNABLE TO LEAVE with THEIR CHILDREN.

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Once again it’s the victims fault for not doing enough and not the perps fault.
If a woman does complain about abuse she risks losing her kids to cps as well as risking losing her kids to her abuser.

The real problems are that women are not allowed to just leave and there is no money for them to be able to do this. Only FATHERHOOD FUNDING for the BATTERER to take the Mothers Children.

Amplify’d from articles.courant.com

Also, Children Are Often Present When Killings Take Place

Most victims of deadly domestic violence didn’t reach out to their local family violence agencies for help, a new study shows.

The Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee also has learned that children often were present when the victims were killed.

The trends came to light as the committee studied the circumstances of the deaths of intimate partners during clashes across the state. Although the review team has been in place for a decade, this is its first report, said Karen Jarmoc, interim executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which oversees the committee’s work.

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Slain Medford mother always found the positive side of things, brother says

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Medford claimed as its own a 30-year-old mother of four killed earlier in the week along with her young children in a stabbing and house fire. The killings, the worst in the city’s history

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More than 300 people filled Medford’s Hawthorne Park for a candlelight vigil to remember Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four youngsters — Elijah, Isaac,
Andrew and Aurora — stabbed and left to die in their burning home on July 18. Paige-Criado’s older brother, Jesse Adams, and his wife, Heidi, praised
rescuers for their efforts to save their loved ones, and thanked mourners for remembering the family.
They planned to meet in person for the first time at an August barbecue in Medford.

Paige-Criado’s other plans weren’t as solid.

She became a fixture at the Thursday evening belly-dancing class at her local YMCA.

She spoke of going back to school to get her college degree, of moving to New Orleans, of returning to Bakersfield. She had concrete plans to leave, said Potts, but with four children, no money and few prospects, leaving wasn’t a slam dunk.

“I just assumed that it was the regular, ‘We had a good run and it just kind of ran its course’ breakup,” Potts said.

Now Potts wants other women to learn from her friend’s story.

“Tabasha was a tough girl. It is not her place to ever… let anyone think that she was a victim.

“Knowing now what she was silently struggling through, maybe that was a mistake.”

In February 2010, she still referred to him as “my hubby.” In April, they lost the three-bedroom rancher on Vista Drive to foreclosure, records show. By May 11, she wrote, “sometimes I think I might run away just me and my daughter!” and by October she referred to Criado as the “not-so-efficient-mechanic-ball-n-chain-village-idiotic-king.”

But in December, the family arranged to rent-to-own the 1925 house on West 10th, a two-bedroom fixer-upper on a fifth of an acre, without water or electricity.

The spent the winter crowded into a borrowed motor home in the backyard while working on the house. Neither Criado nor Paige-Criado had steady employment.

She took pride in the renovation, posing before a newly papered accent wall just inside the front door.

In January, she was reunited online with her biological father. “Still in shock,” she wrote on Jan. 16. “He’s a swell guy!”

stubborn resistance, she said.

“That’s when Jordan said he had to get her out of Bakersfield because I was too close to my daughter,” she remembered.

Moving to Oregon

The family left sometime after 2004. In 2008, at the height of the real estate market, they bought a three-bedroom home in Central Point. The family had grown to three boys, two with severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and one Paige-Criado described as “low-scale autistic,” with a daughter on the way.

By 2009, she had taken to social networking, posting happy family photos on her Facebook page and sharing her zest for life and quick wit.

She grew close to Cherilyn Potts, a blogger and mom from Louisville, Ky., the two bonding online over a shared love of natural hair styles and 1980s music.

“She was like your personal life cheerleader,” Potts, 30, said. “She was probably a better friend to others than they were to her.”

She kept loved ones at arm’s length, offering glimpses of a troubled marriage with a controlling man, but refusing to reveal details.

“It bothers me to say I would just accept the brushoff,” Potts said.

In time, Paige-Criado took down the happy family portraits. Her words turned sharp at mention of her husband.

Paige-Criado looked forward, not backward. “She didn’t hold somebody’s past against them,” Adams said.

“She wanted to have stability and she was going to give him that and he gave her that in return.”

The couple were married by a justice of the peace. He worked as a mechanic, she waited tables.

But when her mother, Gwen Crowles, delved into Criados past, the crimes shook her.

“When I first met him, I thought he was all right … until I learned that he was a child molester,” Crowles said.

In short succession, the couple had two sons. Crowles’ warnings met

He served nearly 11 years and confessed his crimes not long after they began dating, her brother recalled.


Vigil in Medford for murder victims Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four children

Vigil in Medford for murder victims Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four children
Hundreds gather in Medford to pay their respects to Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four children, allegedly murdered by Jordan Adam Criado, husband and father.
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She enrolled in a community college in Bakersfield, where in 2003 she met Jordan Criado.

He was 21 years her senior, a loner with an unhappy childhood and a criminal record.

“He was adopted. He didn’t have any family, and she bounced around so much. We had a tough childhood. When they met each other, she and Jordan found common ground,” Adams said.

Criado had had a family once, when he was living in Sacramento in the 1980s. In December 1989 his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Janeen, admitted to an assistant district attorney that Criado had sexually abused her for five years.

It began subtly at first when she was 7, according to a story in The Sacramento Bee in 2007.

“After awhile there was not a night I was left alone,” said the victim, then the mother of a 7-year-old herself.

Criado was convicted of eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Always a character

Paige-Criado was born in Bakersfield, Calif., a hardscrabble city of dust and oil set at the choke point of the lush San Joaquin farming valley and the implacable Sierra Nevada.

The third of six children, she moved repeatedly in her youth: to Denver, then Phoenix and back to California. She was a clever, independent kid, a cheerful troublemaker who made the most of even miserable situations.

“She was always a character, Adams said. She could get in trouble and be grounded but she made it fun.

“That was her gift: No matter how bad things got, she found the positive side of things.”

After she graduated from high school, she enlisted in the Navy in 2001 to learn a trade, but her military career ended after five months and 19 days.

The Navy wasn’t a good fit for the bon vivant.

Tabasha Paige-Criado came to southern Oregon to find just such a community, said her eldest brother, Jesse Adams, a 32-year-old contractor from Buckeye, Ariz. Her husband, 51-year-old Jordan Adam Criado, remains unconscious in an area hospital with smoke inhalation from fires police suspect he set after stabbing Paige-Criado, Elijah, 7, Isaac, 6, Andrew 5, and 2-year-old Aurora Elizabeth at the familys rented West 10th Street bungalow.

Police have been unable to find Criado’s relatives. Adams said his is all the family Criado had and part of what tied Criado and his sister to their crumbling marriage.

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W.VA. Father Admits to Injuring His Newborn Child

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Amplify’d from www.wsaz.com
Ian Kessinger was set to go on trial Thursday. However, just before testimony got underway Kessinger pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse resulting in injury and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Posted: 11:21 AM Jul 21, 2011
Reporter: Brooks Jarosz, Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards
Email Address: brooks.jarosz@wsaz.com


Father Pleads Guilty
Severe Abuse
Mother of Abused Child Speaks Out

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A father accused of beating his baby boy has admitted to the crime.

Ian Kessinger was set to go on trial Thursday. However, just before testimony got underway Kessinger pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse resulting in injury and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Police say Kessinger shook the baby and jerked him out of bed for crying.

During the hearing, Kessinger described to the judge how he hurt his baby.

“I had him on his back and had a hold of his arm, pulled him up hard,” Kessinger said. “I was high on drugs at the time and I just lost it.”

Kessinger was arrested in February after his 6-week-old son was taken to the hospital with several broken bones.

Back in April, Kessinger pleaded not guilty to the charges, despite telling us, shortly after he was arrested that the abuse was the result of drugs and alcohol.

“I never in a million years thought he would hurt Ben the way he did or even just raise a hand to him in anger at all,” Ben’s mother, Emily Sayre said. “I feel betrayed, I feel let down, I feel hurt, but most of all I feel angry for what he did to my son.”

Emily tells WSAZ.com her baby boy is doing much better.

“It was really hard to see Ben you know just so small in a big bed, hooked up by wires and machines, but God got him through it. God got my family through this and God continues to get us through it,” Sayre said.

According to Ben’s mother, he goes through therapy and is making progress. She says it’s scary though, since it’s hard to know whether or not Ben will have any long term effects from his injuries.

Kessinger faces up to 15 years in prison. His sentencing date is set for late August.


UPDATE 2/10/2011 @ 6 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A newborn baby, severely abused and police say it happened at the hands of his father. It’s a case of broken trust for the baby and his mom.

Emily Sayre, of Nitro, said she had no idea that her boyfriend was hurting their 6-week old son Ben. Investigators with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office also say they don’t believe anyone knew the abuse was happening. But yet, Sayre still blames herself.

“Right now I’m just so numb,” Sayre said. “I feel so stupid for being so trusting of someone and I feel like my son is paying for my stupidity.”

Sayre said she’s been on the receiving end of abuse doled out by her boyfriend Ian Kessinger but she says she never though he would hurt their kids.

“I never saw him with bruises, I never saw Ben act like he was hurt,” Sayre said.

But a doctor’s visit reveled Ben had a broken collar bone, broken bones in his wrist and a skull fracture which caused pressure and bleeding on his brain.

“His (Kessinger’s) stories about how it happened they just kept changing and changing and changing,” Sayre said. “I looked at him finally and I said, ‘Look, either you did this or I did this and I know it wasn’t me so what did you do to our child?'”

Kessinger told WSAZ.com he abused the baby on three different occassions. Police say the abuse happened over time and resulted from Kessinger shaking and jerking the baby out of bed for crying.

“He’s spitting his binkie out yesterday and usually you want to calm them down, but I wanted him to cry, I didn’t want him to think there is anything wrong with crying, because there is not,” Leslee Knapp says.

Knapp is Sayre’s sister, and she said he warned her sister to get out of the relationship because she feared something terrible would happen.

“You want to be wrong, in that situation,” Knapp said. “You want to be wrong, you do not want this to happen.”

Sayre said she had a c-section when Ben was born so Kessinger would often get up late at night with Ben. Sayre works for the state and says Kessinger doesn’t have a job.

“I’m a smart person I know better to tolerate what I did tolerate,” Sayre said. “But you just get wrapped up in their lies and you want to believe.”

But now that her baby is in the hospital, Sayre has a message.

“Get out before something like this happens,” Sayre said.

Kessinger blamed the abuse on a drug addiction but Sayre said that’s a lie and that he was trying to drum up sympathy.

Ben had brain surgery Thursday afternoon to relieve pressure and bleeding, his family said the surgery went very well and that he is now recovering.

Sayre said she is thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.


UPDATE 2/9/2011 @ 6 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A father’s confession has landed him in jail and his newborn son in the hospital fighting for his life. Police say the baby was abused over time and suffered severe injuries.

Ian Kessinger, 30, of Nitro, turned himself into police on Wednesday. He told WSAZ.com he blames the abuse on his drug addiction.

“I’m so sorry, buddy, and it’s going to take me a long time to get my life back on track, but I’m going to get straight and I’ll make it up to him.” Kessinger says. “If I could take it back, I’d take it back in a heartbeat. It’s not me; it’s not what I do.”

Kessinger repeatedly apologized but police say his actions speak louder than words. They say the baby suffered repeated abuse that left him in serious condition. The baby was born just before Christmas and is 6-weeks-old.

“This family received a wonderful Christmas present,” Lt. Sean Crosier with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department says. “But yet that wonderful present has been seriously injured.”

According to police, the baby was taken for a checkup, and the doctor noticed his head was swollen. Additional tests were ordered, and it was discovered Monday that the baby had a skull fracture, a broken collar bone and broken bones in his wrist.

Kessinger has three other children; a 2-year-old daughter lives with him. Police say they don’t believe he ever abused those children.

“My addiction was worse, times are stressful, I got frustrated a couple of times,” Kessinger admitted. “It was three different occasions that I can remember.”

Police say Kessinger admitted to shaking the baby for crying and jerking him out of his baby bed.

Kessinger blamed the abuse on drugs, saying he does painkillers, cocaine, marijuana and “anything I could get my hands on.”

He has been charged with child abuse resulting in injury. Police say the investigation is ongoing, but they do not believe anyone else knew that the abuse was happening.

The baby remains in serious condition in the hospital.


UPDATE 2/9/2011 @ 1 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A father in Kanawha County has turned himself in on charges he caused serious injuries to his 6-week old son.

Police say they were called to CAMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Charleston on Tuesday after the infant was brought in for some tests.

The baby had a left skull fracture, broken collar bone and broken bones in his left wrist.

The boy’s father Ian Kessinger was questioned by police and according to the criminal complaint, Kessinger told them he became angry with the child and lost his temper. He admitted to shaking him, because he wouldn’t stop crying or eat and he jerked the boy out of his bed without supporting the child’s neck.

Kessinger told WSAZ.com he was sorry for what he did and says he abused the baby on three different days. He blamed his drug addiction for his actions.

Kessinger was arrested Wednesday morning and arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Kessinger if from Nitro and is 30 years old.

Keep clicking WSAZ.com.


ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A father from Kanawha County is facing charges after he allegedly caused serious injuries to his one month old boy .

Ian Kessinger, 30, was arrested Wednesday morning.

Deputies say his child received internal and external injuries from abuse that appears to have been happening for awhile.

The boy is still at CAMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Read more at www.wsaz.com

 

Oregon woman killed with her children had wanted divorce

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

An Oregon woman killed with her four children in a rampage of arson and stabbings linked to her husband was long aware he was a convicted child molester but never expressed any fear of him, her brother said on Thursday.

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Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, was pulled from the family’s burning home in Medford, Oregon, last Monday along with her three sons, aged 5, 6 and 7, and a 2-year-old daughter. All five were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Her 51-year-old spouse, Jordan Criado, was found injured and unconscious in the house from smoke inhalation. Hospitalized in custody, he is the only individual police have named as a “person of interest” in the killings, though he remains in a medically induced coma.

His brother-in-law, Jesse Adams, told reporters during a tearful news conference on Thursday that his sister was unhappy in her marriage.

“We knew she wanted a divorce,” he said, adding that “she obviously didn’t see anything coming or feel threatened.”

Medford police recently confirmed that Criado at one point had served prison time in California for child molestation.

Adams said that his sister knew of Criado’s past when she married him. “He served his debt to society, and it has no bearing on what happened now,” he said.

Preliminary autopsy results released on Thursday indicate that the mother died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and abdomen. Carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to the deaths of all four children, officials said, but two of the boys also were stabbed in the neck.

Investigators combing through the charred home discovered the fire had been deliberately set in multiple locations.

In another bizarre twist to the case, police said the husband had reported his wife missing four hours before the fire, but police found her safe nearby and brought her back home. Officials said she did not seem fearful or agitated at the time.

The killings unnerved many residents in Medford, a western Oregon city of 75,000 people about 275 miles south of Portland, they said.

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NC: New details: Missing Kinston mother’s volatile custodybattle

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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KINSTON, N.C.- We have new photos of Laura Ackerson, the young mother from Kinston who went missing last week.

KINSTON, N.C.- We have new photos of Laura Ackerson, the young mother from Kinston who went missing last week.  Raleigh Police have released these surveillance photos of Ackerson- taken last Wednesday morning- the same day she was last seen in RaleighRaleigh Police found her car outside an apartment complex earlier this week but there is still no sign of her.

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Murder-suicide: Woman had sought protection from former SLED agent

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 11:52 am
Amplify’d from www.postandcourier.com

MONCKS CORNER — The man accused of killing a woman and then himself Friday had just resigned as an agent from the State Law Enforcement Division days earlier in light of allegations he had assaulted the same woman after she ended their relationship.

Authorities say Charlie Boyette, 61, shot Mary Ann Cox, 44, as she was leaving work about 5:30 p.m. at the Southcoast Community Bank on East Main Street. He then turned the gun on himself. Both were dead when police arrived on the scene, investigators said Friday.

Cox had sought help from authorities before the shooting.

Cox told Berkeley County sheriff’s investigators on Monday that she had been in a romantic relationship with Boyette for more than a year and that he became upset when she tried to end it on July 4th, according to an incident report released on Saturday.

Cox told investigators she didn’t want the investigation into an alleged assault to go any further but asked that he not contact her any more.

Deputies told Boyette to stay away from Cox and forwarded her complaint to SLED Chief Mark Keel, who suspended Boyette. Keel asked the sheriff’s office to investigate the allegations because of their severity and to avoid a conflict of interest, according to a statement released by SLED Saturday.

Boyette resigned Wednesday in a letter his attorney sent to Keel.

Boyette was hired by SLED in 2000 and was a supervisor in the state agency’s intelligence department.

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Kids caught between custody law and violent stepmoms

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

Sharia Law in USA Family Courts is the reigning rule. I am surprised that any one is even shocked by this. This is the norm through out the United States. Mandatory Shared Parenting and DADDY’s with sole custody – always have ‘replacement’ mommies aka ‘step-moms’ or 2nd wives club.

Amplify’d from arabnews.com

Previously, nine-year-old girl Ghasoon was tortured and killed by her father and stepmother in Makkah. Areej, who was in her father’s care, was also tortured and killed by him with the help of his wife. These are real terrible crimes.

Areej’s mother filed a complaint in court to secure custody of her daughter because she said it was obvious her father and stepmother were torturing her. The judge rejected her claim. The judge awarded the father Areej’s custody and ordered the mother to take her daughter back to him, who killed her with his wife’s assistance in 2007.

I am surprised by the judge’s decision despite the evidence of torture. To me this is against the real aim and objectives of custody law. The whole point is to ensure the best interests of children and to prevent them from coming to any harm. We should protect their childhood so they are raised properly.

THERE have been terrible crimes committed against children, including the murder of four-year-old Ahmad by his stepmother in Taif.

Mothers are usually entitled to sole custody but unfortunately most of our judges do not see it this way. In the judges’ minds only fathers are suited to take custody of their children.

See what happened to Areej after this unfair ruling issued by the judge. She died at the hands of those deemed by the judge as more suitable to take care of her. Who then is responsible?

How come the judge handling Ahmad’s case did not notice that he and his sister were being mistreated and were then separated from their mother for three years?

Ahmad was only an infant at that time, so how can you separate such a young child from his mother? Even if she gets married, this should not prevent her from caring for her own children.

Where is the role of women in raising and educating kids? When it comes to women’s employment issues, we see critics who claim the role of the woman is to stay at home and take care of her children. Why do they forget this when it comes to who has custody of children?

Even judges support the idea of stepmothers with no mercy in their hearts to take care of children and award custody to them without proper investigations to clearly understand the situation.

We must put an end to such incidents where fathers and stepmothers torture and kill their children. Therefore I urge all Muslim centers and councils to review the jurisprudence based on weak traditions.

Unfair rules will deprive divorced women of their children, who in turn are deprived of their real mothers.

We should create special committees in our courts consisting of social affairs consultants and psychologists to study child custody cases, speed up the formation of family courts and merge cases involving alimony and child custody.

Read more at arabnews.com

 

Gunman Kills Self, 5 Others at Texas Roller Rink DOMESTIC DISPUTE

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

Just another murder – suicide caused by ‘domestic- dispute’.

They are not releasing the relationship the “man” had to his victims. FATHER is omitted. DOMESTIC DISPUTE with woman. MOTHER is woman.

Amplify’d from www.foxnews.com

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas –  Relatives were celebrating a child’s birthday Saturday night at a skating rink when a gunman opened fire in an apparent domestic dispute, fatally shooting five attendees before killing himself and wounding four others, police said.

The man started arguing with a woman in Forum Roller World’s front area where the party was being held, although the rink was not open to the public because the family had rented it for several hours for the private party, Grand Prairie police spokesman John Brimmer said.

He said investigators were still trying to determine how many people were inside the building in Grand Prairie, about 20 miles west of Dallas, when the shootings happened about 7 p.m.

Authorities did not immediately release the victims’ names or ages or say how the gunman may have been related to those who died. Brimmer said no young children or rink employees were killed.

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July 23: Emergency personnel wait outside the scene of a shooting at a roller rink in Grand Prairie, Texas A police chief says a gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing five other people and injuring three at the roller rink.

The injured were taken to hospitals, and their conditions weren’t immediately disclosed. Grief counselors were available for witnesses, victims and family members, Police Chief Steve Dye said.

Derrian Harris, 18, of Grand Prairie said he rushed to the rink Saturday night after hearing about the shootings. He said he usually goes there every Friday night and was worried about whether any of his friends were hurt, but later believed that he didn’t know any of the victims. He said he has never seen so much as a fight at the rink.

“All kinds of people come here to skate, and everybody gets along,” Harris said.

Some people who were at nearby businesses when the shootings happened described seeing adults and children in a state of panic rushing out of the rink, some wearing roller skates.

“They just looked terrified,” Cody Poston, a witness, told WFAA-TV. “There’s several people crying. The kids were just kind of oblivious.”

Great Southwest Parkway, a major street in an industrial area in front of the rink, was partially blocked off after the shooting. About a dozen police vehicles with lights flashing and a few fire trucks were parked nearby, with a mobile command station in front of the building. As of midnight, investigators continued walking in and out of the building and bodies were still inside.

Byron Raspberry of Grand Prairie said his children go to the rink frequently because it is near their home.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Raspberry said. “I don’t feel safe at all.”

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