Earlier this month, I saw an article about the Jonea Rogers case authored by Kathleen Russell from the Center for Judicial Excellence. After reading this article, I wondered what type of professional credentials Ms. Kathleen Russell had to write such a one-sided and bias article since I once followed the Jonea Rogers underground case. Apparently, Ms.Kathleen Russell is a political activist and has a degree in psychology. She does not have any professional experience in Family Law, Criminal Law, Child Custody, Child Protective Services or Medicine.
I personally believe Ms. Russell got this story wrong and so I wrote my version of her story….I’ll also say that I’m not qualifed to render any opinion about the audit or the family law courts. As you’ve probably heard before, legal system sometimes works and other times doesn’t. But in this case, In think Ms. Rogers is lucky not to still be in prison and I’m just glad she’s not the mother of my children.
Brian Smith’s Version
Children of the Underground Watch Newsletter
When a parent kidnaps his or her own child, our criminal justice system juries are supposed to step in and safeguard the victim parent and the victim child.
Can you imagine what a tragedy if your child was kidnapped by your former spouse and the courts did not send the kidnapper to prison? The real abuser in these parental kidnapping cases is the parental kidnapper!
Actually, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, there are 300,000 to 400,000 parental kidnappings each year in the United States.
The fact this type of scandal is taking place in the American justice system defies the imagination. Never has the U.S. seen this level of institutional harm inflicted on innocent children.
Consider the case of Jonea Rogers, a hairstylist from Marin County, Calif. During her costly divorce, she shopped for any law enforcement, child protection worker or family court authority to confirm her personal belief that her child needed to be protected and she should be awarded sole physical and legal custody of her child. With her professional credentials as a hair stylist and parent, she wanted the highly qualified Marin County Child Custody Professionals to trust her parent’s intuition and the unbias personal interviews she personally administered on her child and the testimony of her baby sitter. It’s her belief that none of the professionals were capable to confirm the ongoing neglect or abuse that must be occurring during her co-parenting and joint custody arrangement with her child’s father.
None of the authorities she approached would support Ms. Roger’s position since there was no credible medical or other evidence by an unbias party. So in 2000, rather than keep her child in weekly therapy where the child could be closely watched and undergo a thorough custody or CPS evaluation, certainly reasonable legal alternatives, Ms. Rogers decided to play judge, jury and executioner and flee with her child underground.
More than three years later, this “protective parent” mother was caught and jailed for five months, while her daughter was rightfully returned to her custodial parent who abided by the orders of the Family Court. Rogers violated numerous Family Law Custody Orders and also faced criminal charges for fleeing with her child.
Just like the O.J. Simpson case, after considering the evidence in her case, a jury of her peers found her “not gulity” in the criminal case, a clear insult to all parental kidnapping victim parents and parentally kidnapped children. The prosecution apparently failed to convince the jury of this horrible and heinous crime against a child but that didn’t mean that Jonea Rogers was innocent and that the Family Law Court would ultimately decide the verdict in the case as did the civil court in the O.J. Simpson case.
The family court granted custody of her daughter to the father of her child and we understand the child is doing very well. To protect the rights of of the child with any abusive and unpredictable parent, Ms. Rogers must pay a fee for her custody time with her daughter a few times a month in a supervised visitation facility
Kathleen Russell’s Version
Center for Judicial Excellence
When a parent harms his or her own child, family courts are supposed to step in and safeguard the victim.
Can you imagine what a tragedy it would be if courts awarded custody to the wrong parent – the abuser?
Actually, according to one conservative estimate, more than 58,000 children per year are ordered by family courts into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States.
The fact that this type of scandal is taking place in the American justice system defies the imagination. Not since the Roman Catholic Church pedophile scandal has the US seen this level of institutional harm inflicted on innocent children.
Consider the case of Jonea Rogers, a hairstylist from Marin County, Calif. During her costly divorce, she sought help from numerous law enforcement, child protection, and family court authorities to protect her daughter from what medical evidence and reports by the child and her baby sitter suggested could be ongoing neglect or sexual abuse or both by the girl’s father or grandfather.
None of the authorities she approached would effectively intervene to protect her daughter. So in 2000, Ms. Rogers eventually felt that she had no choice but to flee with her child to protect her.
More than three years later, this protective mother was caught and jailed for five months, while her daughter was immediately handed over to her alleged abusers. Rogers faced criminal charges for violating a court order by fleeing with her child. After considering the evidence in her case, a jury of her peers completely exonerated her of all wrongdoing.
The very same evidence that exonerated her in the criminal court had been called “frivolous” by the family court judge and disregarded. Despite her acquittal, Rogers was never granted custody of her daughter, who lives with her alleged abusers to this day. She is now forced to pay a fee to visit with her daughter a few times a month in a supervised visitation facility.