“Whenever I tried to get my daughter, Family Court wouldn’t let me,” said Jewell’s father, Ricky Ward. “The courts wouldn’t hear me out. I blame this on Leatrice Brewer and Family Court.”
“She wanted to kill them. I let the court know that. But they took only one side…I loved them. I’ve been fighting for them.”–Innocent Demesyeux, father of Michael, 5, and Innocent Jr., 18 months
Both fathers warned the family court that their children’s mother was violent and dangerous. Both tried to get custody. Both tried to save their kids. The courts, apparently blinded by the family law system’s pervasive pro-mother bias, did nothing. According to the Fox News article Police Cite Possible Drowning, Poisoning in Deaths of 3 New York Children (2/25/08):
“Brewer [the mother], who had six arrests â€” two felonies and four misdemeanors â€” on her record dating to 2000, was described by some as troubled, including two men who identified themselves as the children’s fathers and said they had fought in vain to have the children removed from Brewer’s custody.
“‘Whenever I tried to get my daughter, Family Court wouldn’t let me,’ said Jewell’s father, Ricky Ward. ‘The courts wouldn’t hear me out. I blame this on Leatrice Brewer and Family Court.’
“Innocent Demesyeux, the father of the two boys, told reporters he had been battling Brewer for custody for more than a year.
“One neighbor, Cornisha Robinson, said she saw Brewer pushing an empty stroller in the street last week and wondered where the children were.
“‘She neglected them,’ Robinson said. ‘She used to leave them in the house all the time by themselves’…
“…County Executive Tom Suozzi announced a review of the Social Services agency’s contacts with the family to determine whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedy. Calls to the agency were referred to Suozzi’s office, which said the investigation could take several weeks.
“‘Obviously something went seriously wrong, and we need to determine whether part of that wrong was with the system itself,’ Suozzi said.”
Yes, the tragedy could have been prevented–by listening to the two dads.
To learn more, see my blog post Mom Killed the Kids, but at Least They Didn’t Give Dad Custody.
Glenn Sacks, www.GlennSacks.com