Child-abuse, neglect deaths in Illinois remain high in DCFS-involved cases Jan/20/2014

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Child-abuse, neglect deaths in Illinois remain high in DCFS-involved cases

January 20, 2014

By: Chris Fusco and Tony Arnold

Lamar Hayslett

Enoch A. Hayslett brought his 1-month-old son to a hospital emergency room in December 2008, saying the baby was constipated.

Instead, doctors found the infant had a broken femur — an injury Hayslett and the child’s mother couldn’t explain. So the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services took protective custody of the baby and his two older siblings, and a Cook County judge ordered that all three children be placed in foster care.

Also read: DCFS-involved abuse and neglect deaths: 61 children, 61 stories

Hayslett and their mother went on to have more children: a daughter, another son, then twin boys — all of whom lived with the couple in the south suburbs as they sought to regain custody of the three older children.

During that time, DCFS twice investigated complaints that Hayslett was abusing his children but found the allegations not credible, records show.

Then — a month after a child-protection investigator closed the second case — the 5-foot-10, 280-pound Hayslett was charged with beating one of his twin sons to death. The 20-pound boy’s skull was fractured, and he had multiple bruises.

Authorities said Hayslett also abused the other twin and their toddler brother, too.

They arrested the Lynwood man in December 2012 and charged him with first-degree murder, among other charges.

Last Father’s Day, Hayslett hanged himself at the Cook County Jail.

His 8-month-old son Lamar Hayslett was among 27 Illinois children to die from abuse or neglect in DCFS’ last reporting year after they or their families already had been involved with the agency, aChicago Sun-Times and WBEZ examination of newly released records from the DCFS inspector general’s office has found. Five more cases were under investigation, those records show.

On Wednesday, the head of child-death investigations for DCFS Inspector General Denise Kane said that one of those five pending cases has now been determined not to have involved abuse or neglect. A second case remains under investigation, but not for abuse or neglect.

Still, the number of DCFS-involved abuse or neglect deaths could reach 30 for the third year in a row.

In the 2010 reporting year, there were 15 abuse or neglect deaths in which DCFS had had some involvement with the family within a year of the death, according to a Sun-Times and WBEZ investigation published in November.

Chris Fusco is a Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter. Follow him @fuscochris. Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him @tonyjarnold.

The spike in deaths to 34 in 2011, 34 in 2012 and 27 or more in 2013 has sounded alarms with state lawmakers and some child advocates, who say the agency and the private contractors it hires to monitor child safety aren’t doing the job they should.

DCFS officials dispute that. They say the increase in reported deaths is largely the result of a policy change in late 2011, when the agency started pressing its investigators to discipline parents whose children had died as a result of unsafe sleeping conditions.

Still, in response to the Sun-Times/WBEZ reports, DCFS’ acting director, Denise Gonzales, ordered a review of all child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect between 2009 and 2013. That review revealed errors in the department’s tracking of how many children statewide died from abuse or neglect, finding that 11 more children had died in that time than the agency had reported.

Of the 27 DCFS-involved abuse or neglect deaths reported for the 12 months ending June 30, 2013, 12 were caused by abuse and 15 by neglect, according to the Sun-Times/WBEZ examination of DCFS inspector general records.

Of the neglect deaths, 11 involved infants smothered or suffocated after being placed in dangerous sleeping conditions.

In many of those cases, the children died even though their caregivers had been trained on safe-sleep practices, records show. They included a 3-month-old girl who died after sleeping on a mattress with her father, who “tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and prescribed benzodiazepines,” according to the inspector general’s case summary. A caseworker had provided the mother with a Pack ’n Play portable crib and saw the baby with the mother in August and October 2012. The baby died the following month.

Among the 12 abuse deaths:

● A 14-year-old autistic boy, Alex Spourdalakis, of River Grove, was found stabbed to death in his bed in June 2013. His 50-year-old mother and 44-year-old live-in caretaker lay unconscious next to him, “having taken pills” and “leaving a letter explaining their actions.” DCFS had opened a neglect investigation into his mother six months earlier but found the allegations not credible. The mother and caretaker survived and are now charged with murder.

● A 5-month-old girl, Angelina Rodriguez, of Chicago’s Far North Side, died in April 2013, four days after being hospitalized with a skull fracture and severe brain swelling. Her parents both were charged with murder after her father admitted suffocating her. Three months before Angelina died, school officials called DCFS’ hotline to report her 6-year-old brother had “marks and bruises on his face, neck and arms and after getting sick, he expressed fear of going home early.” DCFS cleared the parents of wrongdoing because the child later told an investigator the marks were made by his 2-year-old brother.

● In a case of the death of a child whose teenage mother had been an abuse victim, 3-week-old Emonie Beasley-Brown was killed in August 2012 when her mother ran away from her South Side home, taking the baby to her boyfriend’s house. When the police showed up, the mother hid in a crawlspace with the baby and her boyfriend’s mother, who placed her hands over Emonie’s mouth to keep her from crying. Emonie died two days later as a result of suffocation. Emonie’s teenage mother was convicted of endangering the life and health of a child and sentenced to five years of probation. Her boyfriend’s mother was convicted of the same charge and sentenced to four years in prison.

In January 2012, DCFS had determined that Emonie’s mother had been abused earlier that month by her 17-year-old brother, who was a ward of the state.

DCFS officials point out that they have some level of involvement with about 60,000 families a year. And other child-welfare experts caution the agency shouldn’t be judged solely on the fraction of children who die while they or their families are being monitored or under investigation by the agency.

Still, acting DCFS chief Gonzales says she’s convened “a team to read every case and tell me what happened. . . . What were the conditions that brought us to that child’s death? Was there substance abuse involved? Was there domestic violence involved? Was this just a tired mom with her infant?”

In the case of Lamar Hayslett, Cook County Public Guardian Robert Harris says there were “missed opportunities” to stop the abuse. Besides the two abuse investigations against Enoch Hayslett that DCFS closed without finding wrongdoing, a Cook County judge was told in August 2011 of allegations that Hayslett had abused the three older children in foster care.

The judge left it to a private agency, Lutheran Social Services, to determine whether the parents should continue to have unsupervised visits with those kids. Those visits were temporarily suspended and then resumed, leading to more allegations from one of Hayslett’s children that he was abusing them — complaints DCFS deemed not credible the month before Lamar died.

A DCFS spokeswoman says agency Inspector General Denise Kane “is conducting a full investigation of this case” and that officials “cannot comment further pending that review.”

Says Harris: “The fact that there was a hotline call that was made just three months before Lamar died, in and of itself, which subsequently was ‘unfounded’ a month before he died, is definitely troubling to me, and I question some of the investigator’s work in terms of responding to the hotline call.

“I don’t just want to say ‘If the caseworkers were doing their jobs.’ But if they had kept their eyes open to all of these multiple factors, maybe there could have been — maybe Lamar wouldn’t have had to have died.”

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September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

“How To Fight CPS”

Step by Step Condensed

 

#1  No matter what stage your “case” is in, the Number One (#1) thing YOU MUST DO-

Document, Document, Document

This costs nothing and is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do in your defense.  

CPS agents “make mistakes”, LIE, and TWIST your words.  Don’t let them get away with it- DOCUMENT IT.

Keep detailed records of who said what, when.  Keep copies of EVERYTHING you send to them or receive from them.

ESPECIALLY document face-to-face and conversations on the phone.  Record or video tape if you have it.

Washington State Extended Families has a nice essay on how to do Documentation.
Linda Downs at Iowa Family Rights also has some great advice to Document all Interactions

This is a war fought with PAPER,  paper FILED ON THE RECORD in court.

Insist on LETTERS to and from the agencies.

They can’t alter their words printed on paper that have been mailed to you.   Nor can they alter your words either.  KEEP COPIES of your letters to them. 

 

#2  SIGN NOTHING, AGREE TO NOTHING

If you are innocent or falsely accused, Do NOT agree to anything a CPS agent says.  ABSOLUTELY do NOT sign anything a CPS agent shoves under your nose until you talk it over with your LAWYER or a trusted friend who has some legal savvy. 

Anything they FORCE you to sign, you can add “Under Duress” before your signature if you don’t agree with it.

If you already have agreed or signed something that you felt coercion to do, upon advice from your lawyer or knowledgeable friend, you can RESCIND your previous agreement or signature.  Be forewarned- this will really, REALLY piss off the CPS witch and she WILL undertake to punish you every way possible.  But she probably planned on “doing their worst”, hurting you every way possible, eventually.  When I was going through this, I figured we might just as well go straight to WAR and leave out the phony negotiations and manipulations phase.  I won.

 

# SHUT UP— SHUT UP— SHUT UP!

Quit talking with the CPS monsters.  You are waiving your FIFTH AMENDMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT and Miranda Rights every time you answer a question.

 

“The claim and exercise of a Constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime.” — Miller v. U.S. Source: 230 F 2d 486, 489

Personal and phone conversations are where “mistakes” (inventions and fabrications) happen when THEY write their report about the conversations. Words you say float up into the rafters and come back twisted against you.  If you feel you have to talk with them, record it or videotape it.  You can then transcribe it into your DOCUMENT.

A Practical Guide to Taping Phone Calls and In-Person Conversations in the 50 States and D.C.

CPS is NOT your friend! 

Women especially fall into this trap.  Especially in cases where a child is ALLEGEDLY abused or molested by a family member.  

DO NOT pour your heart out to a CPS worker or CPS contractor Mental Illness clinician.

Do that, and you will join the ranks of “co-perpetrator” lamenting “I was so, so foolish.  I was an IDIOT. I thought they were there to HELP  me.  I thought the CPS worker CARED.  I thought I had PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENTIALITY with the psych shithead.”

CPS will use every word you say to make your child a Legal Orphan, because THAT’S what they are being PAID for.
Ignore or forget this at your and your children’s EXTREME PERIL.

“Communists are to be ready to cheat, lie, perjure and do everything possible to gain their ends.” –Vladimir Lenin

 

BE POLITE!  The highest crime you can commit is Contempt of Social Worker”.

We have reports of POLICEMEN telling people that the Constitutional Rights and Miranda Rights are only for TV, and what they are doing is “The Real World”.
See The Oath of Office
EVERY OATH of OFFICE in the USA includes “support the Constitution”

Since many of them seem like childish morons, SOCIOPATHIC, and plainly nasty with no discernable social “skills”, this can be a difficult task. 

“I would love to answer your question, but I cannot do that without violating my Fifth Amendment Rights and my Miranda Rights

“I would love to let you in my house to look around without a Search Warrant.  But I cannot do that without violating my Fourth Amendment Rights

“There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual,
but you cannot make him respect you.” 
William Hazlitt

NEW CASELAW August 21, 2008 

Case Name: U.S. v. CraigheadDistrict: 9 Cir , Case #: 07-1-135
Opinion Date: 8/21/2008 , DAR #: 13245
Case Holding:
Interrogations occurring inside the home are custodial, requiring Miranda advisements under the Fifth Amendment, if the circumstances turn it into one of a “police-dominated” atmosphere.

Speaking personally, if there was no cop there, I would darn sure turn it into a “police dominated atmosphere”, by calling 911 and report that my home was being trespassed under the Color of Law with no Warrant.  If they DO have a warrant, SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP.

NEW CASELAW June 1, 2010 

Court: Suspects must say they want to be silent
By Jesse J. Holland ASSOCIATED PRESS
11:27 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that suspects must tell police explicitly that they want to be silent to invoke Miranda protections during criminal interrogations, a decision one dissenting justice said turns defendants’ rights “upside down.”

A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are the first of the Miranda rights warnings, which police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations. But the justices said in a 5-4 decision that suspects must tell police they are going to remain silent to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.  FULL STORY

Print one of these up to hand to the CPS agent when she wants to force her way in your house or threaten you-
Violation_Warning-Denial_Rights_under_Color_Law.pdf

About Psych Evals

We believe the court-ordered psych exam is a violation of your 5th Amendment rights.
Don’t entertain the folly that psychiatrists are your friend.
No, you 
do not enjoy professional “confidentiality” with them. 
They are the foremost tool of character assassination
.

Also see AFRA Dress Codes.
How you dress and conduct yourself in interviews, at court, or with the Mental Illness Clinicians- matters.

 

You Have The Right To Remain Silent: Fifth Amendment Explained
by Bill Rounds
December 9, 2010
Copyright © 2010 How to Vanish

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” ~ Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution

The right to remain silent is a fundamental principle of liberty. It gives American citizens better privacy. The burden falls on the accuser to build a case against a person. If the accuser does not meet that burden, the accused is free to go. The accused never, ever, is required to furnish any evidence or testimony against himself.1 In other words, liberty requires that you have the right to remain silent.

If the accused were forced to produce evidence that they did not commit an act, innocent people would be forced to prove a negative.2 Proving a negative is usually far more difficult, if not impossible to do. Anyone without an alibi would be convicted. No one could afford to spend even one minute alone in that kind of world.3 The right to remain silent preserves a functioning system of justice and a functioning society.  FULL STORYBill Rounds, J.D. is a California attorney. He holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and a law degree from California Western School of Law. He practices civil litigation, domestic and foreign business entity formation and transactions, criminal defense and privacy law. He is a strong advocate of personal and financial freedom and civil liberties. This is merely one article of 73 by Bill Rounds J.D.

1- Which is why you should NEVER pour your heart out to a CPS agent or psych

2- Which is what an allegation and prosecution by CPS is.  The accusation is the PROOF NOT innocent until proven guilty

3- Which is exactly where falsely accused parents find themselves.

Mission Critical Need-to-know info- On June 1, 2010 the Supreme Court gutted Miranda.  
   You have to SAY “I want to remain silent, and I want a lawyer”

#4

**CAVEAT**   The following gray paragraph is merely OBLIGATORY so I don’t appear too radical.
I don’t really believe you are going to find a lawyer in your area who gives a shit.
I really believe YOU are going to have to learn DIY Law and fight your OWN battles.
 BUT, the advice in the gray paragraph below HAS actually HELPED a couple of people I have heard back from.
 

If there is a lawyer in your area who HATES CPS and knows how to put up a DEFENSE, hire him now and help him defend you.   If you have to sell the car, mortgage the house, clean out your retirement fund, borrow from relatives- pay his retainer.  (No, you shouldn’t have to do this to receive “justice”, but this is the way the new progressive “sustainable government” works.)

Not just any lawyer will do. Get the Yellow Pages, open it to “Attorneys”. 

Start  at A and go through Z until you find one that hates CPS as much as you do

If you get a court-appointed attorney, you may or may not receive a “vigorous defense“.  About the standard pay they receive is $500 total, so the pay is no motivation to them.  You might get a young, idealistic one fresh from law school, and he may be pretty aggressive.  Some older ones who are not calloused may also really go to bat for you and the children and provide Competent Counsel.  

If the lawyer you are considering does NOT agree with THIS CREED in defending you, walk away.

“Lack of counsel of choice can be conceivably even worse than no counsel at all, or having to accept counsel beholden to one’s adversary.” Burgett v Texas, 389 US 109

In all cases, Help your lawyer defend you

Be aware that some “courts” may be so “unencumbered by the Constitution” that a lawyer “may” risk his Bar License by providing a “vigorous defense”.  (See What Happens in the FOG)

There are also stories about CPS KIDNAPPING THE LAWYER’S CHILDREN AND ASSASSINATING HIS CHARACTER TOO.  We have heard of CPS doing the same thing to JUDGES, Doctors, Police officers, other CPS people (Whistle-Blowers), and even State Representatives who challenge CPS’ lies and fascist activities.

Also see Make Your Court-Appointed Attorney Work For YOU at fightcps.com

NEW! August 8, 2008 How I Found Attorney Who “Hates” CPS

If there is NO such lawyer (there’s not very many), or you are penniless,
~you are going to have to learn how to DO IT YOURSELF in pro per or pro se~

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner 

NOTE- If you ARE a LAWYER who wants to learn HOW, see-
Legal Information

TELL YOUR LAWYER about-
The National Project to Improve Representation
for Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System

Sponsored by-

Preparing a Vigorous Defense
Stuckle and Ferguson, PLLC
When facing false allegations, the accused must be prepared to fight for their life. 

Because of the special nature of child sexual abuse cases, erosion of constitutional rights, determination of the child savers that you are guilty- you must vigorously defend yourself and prove your innocence!

If an attorney says to “wait and see if you are indicted”…WALK AWAY IMMEDIATELY! The best time to get a dismissal is before a formal charge. LOTS MORE

#5 

Write your own version of history in a Sworn Declaration
and FILE IT with the Court, the CPS, the DA, and whoever else that has ANYTHING to do with your case.
You are SWEARING to the truthfulness of your statements.  The CPS witches aren’t swearing to ANYTHING (what is SACRED to them that they COULD swear on? TheCommunist Manifesto or the Humanist Manifesto II?)

You had better be telling THE TRUTH with no “embellishments” and citing FACTS you can back up with evidence or witnesses’ sworn statements.  Say NOTHING self-incriminating.  If you have something to hide, you aren’t going to lie your way out of it.

Grammar Quick Help Class 101 How your papers LOOK matters!

The importance of your Sworn Declaration cannot be over- emphasized! 

THE ONLY WAY you have appealable “issues” in the future is to get your facts ON THE RECORD in court.

Just filing your papers yourself with the court clerk may be the ONLY way to
GET THE TRUTH ON THE RECORD

If you don’t get anything ON THE RECORD, you will likely have NO appealable issues in the future.
See this and ESPECIALLY THIS

NEW! 7-25-2011

Brand new proof that our recommendation to PUT THE TRUTH ON THE RECORD in court is good advice-

JurisDictionary- Using On-Line Legal Research

If you want to win in court, you must make it crystal clear on the court’s official record that the judge will be reversed on appeal if he rules against you! Nothing else matters!  

See Full Story at AFRA Front Page News

How to Write a Declaration of Facts to Submit to the Court
Linda Martin
FightCPS.com
December 22, 2010
When parents appear in Juvenile Court they are handed a report written by a CPS social worker. It states the county’s side of the court case.

Who writes a similar report explaining the parents’ side of the case to the judge?

Usually, nobody.

Legal documents explaining the parents’ side aren’t written because they have court-appointed attorneys that in general, often don’t care enough to take the time to produce legal documents. Many of these attorneys receive a flat fee per case so there’s no financial motivation for providing an aggressive defense for the parents.

Most often, court appointed attorneys in Juvenile Court simply guide the parents through the hearings and advise them to sign a plea or stipulation of some kind, which implicates them as being guilty. If the parents sign (most do because their court-appointed attorneys are advising it) there will be no trial – no opportunity for them to protest their innocence or defend themselves. Without a trial there’s never going to be a time when the CPS social worker has to prove the county’s case.

So what should CPS victim-parents do to counteract the problem of having a court-appointed attorney who won’t aggressively defend them?  FULL STORY

#6  Get your records from the agency- 

GET YOUR RECORDS

 

 

#

Clean up your house and your life.Obviously, if your house is a mess or your life is a mess, your CPS worker is going to use every bit of it against you.  There is (so far as we know) absolutely NO LAW about “dirty house”, but they make a big deal out of it.

Shacking up with a boyfriend is the path to hell.  Boyfriends have NO “natural affection” for your children, and they are the #1 baby rapists and child abusers and killers, at the TOP of any statistical data.

 

VAWA THEY DO IT IN ILLINOIS AS WELL

September 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

(( EXPOSE, EXPOSE EXPOSE VIOLENCE BY WOMEN )) Today we have VAWA related groups abusing federal funding for lobby efforts, that claim women are not violent. The media, Men, Women and children need to report and EXPOSE VIOLENCE BY WOMEN to the public. CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS, create positive solutions to stop the cycles of violence, HEAL TRANSITION, EMPLOY at risk families. No matter what form the family takes, it is the CHILD’S human right to have all loving family members involve in their lives. Protect The children from systemic abusers. Remember Hitler used the media, corrupt judges and corrupt Doctors to impose his will and destroy families by creating a gender war. VAWA and unethical lawyers in congress are doing the very same thing under color of laws they create for their “collective groups” PROFIT. The night before the sequestration vote, lawyers in congress past budget increases to the justice department via VAWA votes, this will destroy more at risk families for GAY Women’s agendas. Expose the truth, be silent no more.

Eight-year-old found dead in home, mother arrested | ksdk.com

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West Frankfort, IL (KSDK) – A woman from a southern Illinois town is behind bars and could face charges surrounding the death of her eight-year-old daughter. The child was found dead in a home early Tuesday morning, after the mother reported her missing. This was not the mother’s first encounter wit…

September 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

So stop the cycle and just look at the trees with respect of the forest and fly above the trees  and go for a level playing field.
So to treat your children away from anything other than she’s your mother of your children or the father of your children and how do we move our relationship as a joint force with your children moving forward .
Stop the abuse don’t feed their fire give it water to cool things out time heals many wounds that has winds deep than any mouth ….

Domestic Violence at the Sulzer Regional Library 4455 N Lincoln Ave

September 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

Illinois Fathers · 442 like this

20 hours ago near Springfield, IL ·

  • Illinois Fathers Board Member Juan Carlos will be hosting an open forum on Domestic Violence at the Sulzer Regional Library 4455 N Lincoln Ave
    (between Leavitt St & Montrose Ave)
    Chicago, IL 60625
    Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Ravenswood
    (312) 744-7616

    On Friday Sep. 27th from 3pm-5pm

    KEY NOTES
    Consequences of DV
    signs of DV
    DV Prevention
    Legal Issues

    We encourage as many members who can attend to please do so. Make our presence known let our voices be heard.

    For more information or to R.S.V.P contact Juan Carlos at
    jskorpioz@aol.com

    http://www.illinoisfathers.org

     

    So come one come all and see how thing really work ?

     

     

50/50 time with our god given children is hard to object to unless you hate children

August 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Illinois Fathers · 425 like this
  • FROM: Todd Bottom

    I’ve read on several pages and sites (from both men and women) opinions about “50/50” parenting. Often, but not always, its dads contending that they should get 50% of the time with their children and 50% should go to the mother. Dads argue that it’s their right and that the children benefit from having him in their lives; moms argue that it’s disruptive to the (often young) child’s life, and often that the dad is not a good parent.

    As a divorced non-custodial father with an M.A. in psychology (3 months away from completing my Ph.D.), I’m compelled to weigh in. I’ve been researching the outcomes of divorced and non-custodial fathers for several years, and my dissertation is a 2-year project in the making in which I’m assessing the parenting experiences and psychological well-being of fathers. My dissertation bibliography alone includes over 200 peer-reviewed research articles.

    Here…in no uncertain terms…is why we CANNOT say that 50/50 parenting does not work. Keep in mind that I’m not saying it DOES work. I’m saying that no one has shown that it DOES NOT work. There is a huge difference.

    Quite simply, there is no evidence showing that 50/50 parenting is not in the child’s best interest or outcomes. Some people have written such claims, but it’s all theoretical. Sure, both sides of the argument may sound good and logical based on personal experience or what you’ve heard and read from others. But most such claims come from people who are not trained to make that assessment. They are disillusioned parents, armature bloggers, life coaches, media personalities, or professionals outside of research and psychology (i.e. social workers, attorneys, politicians, etc.).

    A very limited number of trained researchers and those with clinical degrees may claim that 50/50 parenting is not best for children’s outcomes. However, such claims are based on: 1) case studies of individual experiences, or 2) on the situations of several clients over several years. These are biased approaches for at least two reasons. First, individuals in case studies are intentionally selected to assess the extreme ends of an issue…no one wants to study Average Joe. Second, clients of clinical psychologists are also typically at the end of the spectrum which indicates that there are more issues at hand than custody.

    Here’s why no credible evidence exists to show that 50/50 parenting won’t work:

    1) There is an extreme lack of cases to study. This type of custody/parenting is nearly non-existent, which makes it hard to assess.

    2) This type of custody rarely exists because fathers are not given the opportunity to have it because: 1) they do not ask for it, 2) the mother objects, or 3) the courts do not favor it.

    3) Even if there were enough such families to locate, recruit, follow, and empirically assess 200+ of them (enough to start generalizing to the general population), it would take 30 or more years to do so. It is extremely time consuming and expensive to track children from 50/50 homes from their early childhood until mid-life to know whether or not 50/50 affected their adult outcomes. (My professional guess is that it would cost more than $5M to study this over a 30-year period.)

    4) Even if – after 30 years of tracking and assessing these children of divorce – it would be extremely difficult to show that the 50/50 arrangement was the cause of any positive or negative outcome in adulthood. Over that much time, too many other factors could also contribute to long-term outcomes…including race, socio-economic status, parents’ levels of education, geographic location, and many other variables.

    So…My response to any person who tells me that 50/50 is not in children’s best interest (and my challenge to those of you who believe it is) is that no evidence supports your opinion. Until you can show me with empirical evidence based on sound research assessed over the lifetime of enough children to generalize to the population, I will continue to believe that 50/50 IS in the best interest of children. If you have any evidence to support your own opinion or to contradict my professional one, please let me know.

    Todd Bottom, M.A. (ABD)
    toddbottom.com

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August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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August 15, 2013 11:16pm PST

A mob of blacks attacked a young woman who was 6-months pregnant in Sanford, Florida–the same place where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin–even pulling a gun and shooting at her. Of course, the national media went wild over Martin’s shooting but this case is being ignored by the national press.

 

Young Ashley Flournoy was attacked in February of this year and nationally we are just now finding out about it all.

One attacker was even heard to yell that he didn’t care that the woman was pregnant. Flournoy was brutally smashed in the face and went to the hospital after the attack.

 

One of the assailants, Harry Roberts, lamely claimed that it was Flournoy that started it by slapping one of his relatives. But police also confirm that the altercation was the culmination of a long series of disputes between Flournoy and her neighbors.

12 people were arrested for the assault including four minors, ages 12, 14, 15, and 16.

The eight adults arrested were identified as Antoinette Ford, Harry Roberts, Lasheena Thomas, Quentin Herring, Javaress Barnes, Willie Jones, Arshala Ford and Jarvis Young.

(See also: Mexican Drug Lord Released From Prison 28 Years After Murdering Police Officer)

Some reports have said that the woman being attacked was a white woman, but this is not the case. Flournoy is an African American with an arrest record of her own.

(H/T Freedom Post)

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