July 17, 2019
At some point all protective parent movement moms must move along. Just like actress Kelly Rutherford they must decide what’s in the best interest of their child(ren).
Kristy Brooks Mugshot – Felony Conviction
During Kristy Brooks’ kidnapping and before her criminal trial, there were allegations she made about her former spouse on her Facebook Account and other websites. She also included some medical information about her child, a definite HIPA violation of private health records.
In following these protective parent criminal cases over the past several decades, we know these formerly kidnapped children are not wanting this type of information about their personal lives on the Internet. These children rightfully deserve their respect and privacy after the kidnapping.
So on behalf of the Brooks child, we ask Kristy Brooks for some compassion here. Please remove all of these postings. If you do so, we will take down your Mugshot on our site.
July 15, 2019
Kristy Brooks Mugshot
It took a Union County North Carolina Jury less than an hour to find Kristy Brooks, 37 guilty of Felony Obstruction of Justice. Kristy Lynn Brooks went into hiding in December 2015 and was arrested in January 2017, just weeks after giving a controversial television interview while in hiding to Reporter Nick Oscsner of WBTV. Brooks was given a suspended sentence, 12-months probation, community service and ordered to obey all custody orders in her civil child custody case.
Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of the Union County District Attorney’s Office and Union County Sheriff’s Office. What is surprising or shocking is that Kristy Brooks appeared to be on government assistance or food stamps while in hiding. And even more mystifying is that WBTV Reporter Nick Oscner prior to the trial attempted to obtain investigative records from the Union County Sheriff’s Department through North Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act. Oscner like other reporters covering protective mother stories appeared to be easily influenced and manipulated by Kristy Brooks. Oscner’s reported very little or not at all on the kidnapping of this child and this cruel form of child maltreatment. He never asked Kristy Brooks the really important questions to ask protective moms in hiding such as medical care and the emotional treatment of her child. Kristy Brooks should have been asked if there is a possibility she could be wrong about the abuse allegations against her former spouse. And if the allegations were untrue Kristy, would that be a good or bad thing?
February 14, 2019
On June 19, 2018 Aleidria Lichau (AKA Riversong Lichau) abducted her son from New York after a Family Court Hearing and related Family Court Evaluations. A felony warrant for Kidnapping was issued for Aleidria Lichau on September 13, 2018.
Aleidria Lichau has a background in Sustainability and once gave a TEDx Talk.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Aleidria Lichau should contact the New York FBI Office at 1-212-384-1000.
Editor’s Note: In these cases, we have seen these proclaimed protective mothers attempt to get one-sided mainstream media stories as they setup their legal defense for parental kidnapping. We hope the mainstream media reporters don’t wrongfully allow her to further exploit her child in the media and on the Internet in this manner. These Family Court Custody Disputes involving young children belong in Family Court and not in the media. In Aleidria’s case, this child is now 7 years old. This child most likely had a strong relationship with his father and his extended family prior to June 19, 2018. What did Aleidria tell her son about his father and his extended family members. Are they alive or are they now dead? Do they care about the child? Is the child using his birth name or another name? In this age of cell phones, Facetime and Skype, why hasn’t Aleidria allowed him to speak to his father and anyone else in the father’s family. What “LIE” or “LIES” did she tell him. What further emotional abuse has she inflicted on her own child? Can she afford medical care for her child?
It’s time for Law Enforcement to step up efforts to find Aleidria Lichau and bring her to justice and most importantly bring this 7 year old child home.
If Aleidria Lichau took her child abroad, that country should remand the custody case back to the New York Court. That country should respect the original jurisdiction of the case and should not allow the mother another forum to re-adjudicate the case. If a parent violates the court order and flees the jurisdiction, they should not be allowed to venue-shop. You can’t have American mothers or ones from other countries that don’t like the outcome of their custody case flee to another country to get a new forum or trial.
Finally, if Aleidria Lichau and other protective moms leave the country with their child(ren) — it is doubtful that she or other moms left the United States: 1) Filing their Income Taxes; 2) Paying off all credit card debt; 3) Without falsifying a passport or government document to leave the country; 4) Are not engaging in the crime of witness tampering with their allegations; 5) Are not emotionally abusing their child(ren) while hiding them from their biological parent and his family. These custody cases need to be heard in the court of initial jurisdiction. A parent should not be able to flee to another country to get a second ruling by kidnapping their child(ren). The evidence and the witnesses remain in the country of initial jurisdiction.
January 4, 2019
Photo Credit: Twitter @JoanneKMcD / Carolina Public Press
Many Divorcing parents in America who are unable to mutually agree on custody of their children end up in Family Court in front of a Judge. Some of these judges like Judge Thomas McAvoy “Mack” Brittain of Hendersonville, North Carolina are honorable, respectable and well qualified. When a judge like Judge Mack Brittain issues a judicial order, most reasonable people follow them. After sitting in court and going through a trial, the last thing any law-abiding person would want to do is violate any of a judge’s court order.
That is not the case of Joanne McDowell, after a Family Court Trial in front of of Judge Brittain, Joanne fled to Canada violating the Judicial Order to share custody of her son. There are media reports that after she left with her child crossing the border into Canada, she did not advertise her whereabouts. Since that parental kidnapping, the biological father has not seen or spoke to his child in over 6 years. And to make the situation even more horrendous, Joanne McDowell brags about her accomplishment on the Internet. She also blames Judge Mack Brittain, who was recently appointed as the chief district judge. Chief Justice Mark Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court said “Judge Brittain has served with distinction as district court judge”.
Joanne McDowell also blames District Attorney Greg Newman who has filed Felony Warrants for the arrest of McDowell. McDowell who never finished law school calls this an illegal court order.
Editor’s Note: Joanne McDowell has no respect for America’s legal system and we simply don’t understand why she should not be extradited back to North Carolina to stand trial for the kidnapping charges. It is cruel for her to post inflammatory comments about the biological father of her child and we would assume that she is engaging in parental alienation. Joanne McDowell is no victim but she is a wanted fugitive in the United States. #ExtraditeHer
January 2, 2019
Photo Credit: Carolina Public Press
In a Hendersonville, North Carolina Family Law Trial there was court testimony1 that Joanne McDowell may have allegedly drugged her child then videotaped it as evidence during a court order custody transfer. Those types of tactics are well known as part of the “protective parent playbook” for the past several decades. Custodial embattled protective moms are coached by protected parent groups to do just about anything including to commit acts of civil disobedience to get sole custody of their child. A win at all costs strategy. In the acts of therapist and venue shopping, some of these protective moms will have their child evaluated by numbers of doctors for alleged abuse. Some experts have alleged these mothers to have a form of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.
Even after the Hendersonville trial verdict, Joanne McDowell ignored the Family Law Judge’s United States Court Order and fled to Canada where she was able to get Canadian Judge, Justice Carolyn Horkins of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto to grant her custody. Felony Obstruction of Justice and Felony Child Abduction Charges were subsequently filed against McDowell.
Editor’s Note: Joanne McDowell is one of the only Protective Moms and alleged Parental Kidnappers that is being protected by a conflicting court order in another Country. From her social media posts, she home schools her child and has effectively has been able to block any custody time with her child and the child’s biological father. She claims her child suffers from PTSD. We believe it is time for Canada’s Child Aid Society and the United States of America’s State Department to perform a Safety, Health and Welfare Check on this young child. Past history tells us that this mother has allegedly inflicted emotional abuse on this child by not only the parental kidnapping but by the parental alienation. This protective mom has had a number of years to return to the North Carolina Court to clear her name and to act in the “best interests of the child” but she has not done so. Again, it’s time for someone in the system to stand up for this child’s rights — it’s obvious that McDowell is incapable of doing so.
December 31, 2018
As we bring in the New Year 2019, we want to extend our hope for all parents that are searching for their kidnapped children. This would also include parents that have not yet been reunified with their kidnapped children and those that have been alienated from them. It is often said that one of the cruelest forms of child maltreatment is a family abduction as well as parental kidnapping is child abuse. In the protective parent cases that we have followed over the past several decades, the protective parent most often after being ordered by the family law judge to share custody — kidnaps their child(ren) and self-appoints themselves judge, jury and executioner.
In recent years with updated global security and passport systems and social media it was perceived that the protective parent movement was no longer active. Most counties rightfully respected venue and jurisdiction as we saw in the Kelly Rutherford and Sean Goldman cases. With the prosecution of Sandra Grazzini and her three co-conspirators and Angie Vu Case, parental kidnappers were finally being punished for their crimes.
But we still have a very long way to go. Here is a list of what we would like to see in 2019.
- Extradition of Parental Kidnappers from Other Countries — A proclaimed protective parent should be extradited if they flee a custody order after adjudicating the case. In cases we followed such as Joanne McDowell, she did not like the results of the Family Law Court Trial in North Carolina so she fled to Canada and received a completely different verdict. The Canadian Court should have transferred venue of the case back to the United States as the U.S. did in sending Kelly Rutherford’s case to Monaco.
- U.S. State Department — This department should take a stronger position with countries that allow U.S. Citizens to live illegally in those countries. Especially proclaimed protective parents that have ignored U.S. Family Law Court Orders.
- The Media — It is time for the global media to stop allowing agenda-based reporters to write bias and inflammatory stories of proclaimed protective mom that have kidnapped their children. And these reporters should NEVER interview the alienated children.
- Australia — This country needs new laws to protect and recover family abducted children. It can start by preventing patents like Dorothy Lee Barnett from profiting from a parental crime she plead guilty to. It also need to punish Australian Mum Cassie Watter to a maximum sentence for kidnapping her two daughters. She should never be allowed unsupervised vsitation.
- Child’s Health Records — No parent or third party should EVER put a child’s health record.
- Sandra Rucki – Dede Evavold — They need to quit blaming the Family Court and quit harassing people. They need to move on with their lives.
- Adult-Children Survivors — If they have not reunified with their left-behind parent it is time to do so. If they scammed money from their left-behind parent providing them hope of a reunification they need to show some compassionate and find a way to fix the situation.
- Law Enforcement — In the aftermath of the #metoo movement they must carefully investigate and allegations in a custody case and remind divorcing parents of the long-term impact of a false allegation.
- Protective Moms — Should refrain from self-diagnosing child abuse in a Family Law case.
- Family Law Allegations and CPS Allegations – Protective Parents should never label their former spouse as a child abuser unless the parent has been convicted in a criminal trial.
- Parental Alienation — In this new era of coparenting, parents should refrain from engaging in parental alienation.
- Federal Courts — Need to prosecute parents for U.S, Passport Fraud and related criminal acts.
- Family Court Reform — The protective parent movement agenda-based rhetoric that the Family Courts and Child Protective Services are not effectively serving the best interests of the children in this era of our legal system wrongfully discredits the many good judges and CPS workers with advanced degrees. This premise must not be tossed aside as a excuse to kidnap your children. There are always legal alternatives.
- Protective Parent Movement — These groups that promote committing acts of civil disobedience should not be given government funding.
- Celebrity — It’s time for a celebrity to speak out against both parental kidnapping and parental alienation. With so many contentious divorces in Hollywood, we are waiting for a celebrity to step forward and help with this cause.
- Recovery / Reunification — We want to see a recoveries, reunifications and many parental kidnappers plead guilty to Felony Child Concealment in 2019.
Happy New Year!
December 17, 2018
Photo Credit: Carolina Public Press
After a custody court hearing in North Carolina, alleged parental kidnapper Joanne McDowell was able to flee to her home country Canada and get another court to give her custody. Despite a Felony Warrant for Parental Kidnapping in the United States, she was able to get a Canadian Restraining Order against her child’s biological parent. We can’t believe in this global era of joint custody and coparenting that any Canadian court issue such and order and claim jurisdiction for a case that was already adjudicated in the United States. Kelly Rutherford tried to get a New York Judge to give her custody but Monaco had rightful venue for that case and Kelly was not able to venue shop like Joanne did. Rutherford’s former spouse now has rightful physical custody of the children.
There is the e huge risk for the accused parental abductor that is able to keep custody of the child until he or she reaches the age of majority (18 years). Many of these alleged kidnapped children as adults will determine on their own what happened to them. It is much easier these days with the Internet. The founder of the organization Take Root tells the story how as an adult child, she figured out that she was kidnapped by her mom and almost immediately severed ties and began a relationship with her biological father. There are other similar stories of adult-child that eventually figured out that their parent wrongfully kidnapped them from the other parent out of anger and revenge against the other parent and not for their protection.
So the risk for Joanne McDowell if she continues down her current path is that her child will not necessarily be loyal to her. We’ve seen these kidnapped children follow the money and once they reach eighteen, if they determine on their own what happened to them the adult-children will start a new relationship with their estranged parent. It might be for a new car, college tuition or even a new family including step-siblings.
During these Holidays, we really would like to see Joanne do the right thing and take steps to reunify her child with its biological parent. It’s time for everyone to move along and provide the best possible future for her child.