Child Died in Vain Crimes & Incidents, posted by Karen, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm
I read today about a young girl found buried in her father's backyard in Ceres. Probably murdered by dad. The dad had a private lawyer, the mother had a court-appointed lawyer. The dad had been arrested for domestic violence, bank fraud and drunk driving. The mother was depressed. The dad got custody. In a country where the law made sense, an arrest for domestic violence should mean that you don't get custody of your children. How many mothers in Pleasanton are depressed or on anti-depressants? A lot. In a country where the law makes sense, a parent should not be denied custody of their child due to depression unless they are incapacitated. The dead child's court-appointed lawyer wrote a report to the judge that the father was abusing the children and not sending them to school. Nothing happened and now the girl is dead. It's really disgusting to read articles about this, because the tone is "What is a judge to do these days? It's really tough on them, the decisions they have to make are difficult." Really? This man was clearly unfit to be a father, he was OBVIOUSLY abusive, he was a drunk, a wife-beater and a felon. This child died in vain. You just have to read the articles about her death to know that, because the attitude is "What are you gonna do? it's just too bad."
We shouldn't even have judges, many are morons. There should be software. You punch in "drunk-driving, domestic violence, bank fraud" and you get back "no custody". It should be that simple. This girl would be alive if it were.
Posted by mary, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on May 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm
Youre right, Karen. One (judges, lawyers, etc.) takes the written law and adds personal and emotional interpretation which completely interrupts the intention of the law. I like your analogy of using software. It's simplistic and more accurate in its application. That's what law is supposed to be about. Especially when it involves life and death.
Posted by Get out of the wagon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 20, 2009 at 12:16 am
Karen you are indeed correct. It should be that simple. That is why justice should be BLIND. A judge is there to look at the facts, period.
This is exactly why I am concerned about Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. He (Obama) is apparently wanting someone who has empathy for others. What??? The law is the law. Just apply it - don't have empathy. It is like all of these judges who let these sickos off lightly after raping a child. It makes me wonder if the jugde is themselves into child abuse for going so lightly on a criminal.
I am so concerned about how we treat the smallest in our country. It is abhorant.
Thank you, Karen, for your insight into this horrid situation and sharing this story. I will be praying for the poor mother.
Posted by Once distraught Mom, a resident of Livermore, on May 22, 2009 at 11:42 am
I had a similar custody fight with my abusive ex which resulted in him in him winning partial custody of our children. I was warned by child protective services after he harmed my oldest child "just once" that if I didn't get him out of the home they could place them in foster care. He was able to convince a judge that he would have anger management classes and then won partial custody. He moved out to San Joaquin county where he would leave them alone in an apartment if they didn't want to go to school, they were teenagers by then and when I took him back to court they were given the choice as to who to live with and they chose him. So of course I became distraught, I was the bad mom who wanted them in school vs playing video games. The court system is really messed up and doesn't look out for who or what is in the best interest of the child. I am just thankful he didn't physically hurt or kill them like this other child. When you are poor or poorly represented then it doesn't seem to matter what the other person has done in the past to hurt others.
I can only imagine the pain this mother is going through knowing she tried everything to protect her child and no one would listen to her. Evil people like this father probably has no remorse, however someday he will have to face and pay the consequences for his actions either here on earth at a trial,in prison, or his day of judgment.
Posted by Maureen, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm
This is ridiculous. He takes anger management classes and then get the kids? Shouldn't there be some evidence-based research proving the efficacy of a treatment before innocent, defenseless children are allowed to be captives of an abusive parent? Our legal system is a joke.