Many of you have stepped forward over the recent month to help Annie, a single mother facing jail time for doing what mothers were designed to do: protect their young. All assistance has been greatly appreciated whether it came in the form of a signature on Annie’s petition or a donation (large or small). The Family Court System is failing each and every day however, this case is a prime example of a Judge ruling with his ego versus what is in the best interest of the child. Judge Phillip Robinson of Tennessee is about to throw a loving mother behind bars and send two small children to live with their father despite substantial evidence that he has abused these two little boys.
To read Annie’s story, click here: One Mom’s Battle: Annie Miller
I recently reached out to Annie for an update on her story and sadly, there is nothing positive to report. Annie has come forward with an open letter to the men and women who have assisted her with prayers, positive thoughts and donations of any size. If you haven’t donated, please do and if you haven’t signed the petition, please do. I have personally read the court transcripts and believe that there is something very wrong happening in this courtroom.
A Note of Thanks from Annie Miller
I fail to believe there is a word gracious enough for all that has been done by kind people like you on behalf of my children.
Sadly- to this day, justice has not been served and I am still facing more jail time and will likely lose custody of my children. I still need your help to spread the word and help raise as much awareness as possible.
I am now facing more jail time and the potential loss of my children because I followed the advisement of Legal Counsel. I did not ignore the instructions of Judge Robinson- rather I followed the instructions of Wisconsin Counselors, Lawyers, and Judges who ordered me to keep my children in Wisconsin while the abuse investigations were on going. I have nothing to hide. I am simply protecting my children. I would have been in violation regardless of which court order I followed- the Wisconsin counselor’s recommendation to immediately suspend visitation with their father along with the Wisconsin court order to keep my children away from their father or Judge Robinson’s court order to turn my children over to their father. I assumed that the newer order from Wisconsin would be considered by Judge Robinson yet it was ignored and dismissed without an investigation of the current situation or the serious abuse allegations.
I realize this situation is complicated and I would like to share some facts since you’ve been kind enough to invest your time and money in my children and me. I encourage you to share these facts with as many of your friends and loved ones as possible.
- Please click below to read the four-page letter from my Wisconsin attorney to Judge Robinson which will clarify some important facts and will help you understand my position and reasons for not bring the children to Tennessee. Judge Robinson has refused to read this letter even though the attorney testified to these facts via the court telephone.
Letter from Scott D. Metz (Family Law Attorney in Wisconsin- practicing for 32 years)
- I was allowed to move to Wisconsin in 2012 as a part of Judge Robinson’s court order.
- In February 2013, a 3rd party (not me) reported concerns of child abuse – that were then investigated by Wisconsin Child Protective Services.
- After the forensic investigation, Wisconsin Child Protective Services recommended that the father’s custody be suspended immediately due to their concerns about the safety of my children. This is the decision that prevented the children from being with their father during Spring Break of 2013. I was found guilty of criminal contempt by Judge Robinson for this even though the counselor testified to these facts via court telephone.
- After reviewing documents from the Wisconsin abuse investigation and from the children’s counselor, a Wisconsin Judge signed a temporary restraining order against the child’s father therefore preventing me from bringing the children to Tennessee during the summer of 2013. I was advised that the abuse investigation should be concluded before the children could be in their father’s care. I was found guilty of criminal contempt by Judge Robinson for this as well.
Surprisingly, I still have faith in our judicial system however, I do believe that these situations would be better served by a jury of our peers rather than by someone who can take a position without being accountable for the consequences it has on the children that it directly affects. I followed the law, the legal advice and I followed my heart as a parent.
If you research what is happening in our family courts in regards to abuse and what happens when it is reported it is mind bending. If our family justice system serves to silence the voices of the very people it was designed to protect in order to validate the power of one, we all are in danger.
Read more on this at these 2 links:
Using the arms of the law for abuse is unacceptable. This has consequences (scary ones at that ) far beyond my family. Because if a parent follows the law, the advice of professionals (educated and government officials), attempts to co parent and stands with the truth yet faces losing their children and incarceration, our sons, our daughters, your wives, your mothers, your fathers and everyone is in danger of losing their voice.
Again I cannot express adequately how much your time and money (much of which came from people who are struggling themselves) and support means to us . Please have faith that some good will come of this, that my sons will have the integrity to move forward in this world with the voice you have given them to help others .
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