Justice for E & I
Organized by: Amy Francis-Bacon
Nearly 7 months ago, Ethan(16) and Isabelle(13) were forced by the Florida court system to move in to their birth father(whom was convicted of physically abusing their mother)'s one-bedroom apartment. In the state of Wisconsin, where the divorce of their parents took place (2010), their father's visitation rights were taken due to abuse during supervised visits. In order to get visitation rights reinstated, he was required to complete a process to reunify himself with his children. After a year, he had made no progress in reunification so the Wisconsin judge allowed the kids and their mother to move to Florida to start fresh. A year after that, their father followed them to Florida, where he hired a Florida attorney to take the kids away from their mother. Through the court process, the children were appointed a therapist to aid Isabelle and Ethan throughout the reunification process. The therapist and father developed a bond and began to work together, against mom. Both dad and therapist have lied on the stand, working as a team. Due to bad representation, and important paperwork that was not filed, sole custody was granted to their birth father.
Their mom's only "crime" is protecting her kids and asking that the findings issued in Wisconsin be followed, which the Florida judge deemed inadmissible due to such unfiled paperwork and her own discretion. Said judge refuses now to talk with the kids, because the therapist has stated that the mom has poisoned the kids to hate their dad, despite both kids being of an age to form their own opinions about his abusive behavior.(they were 9 and 12 when he was removed by the sheriff for abusing them in 2010) At this point in time, the therapist is demanding that their mom pay half of the fees due (regardless of the affidavit on file stating she does not have the funds) or he refuses to see the kids and finish the reunification process, forcing the children to stay in a compromising situation. The kids will not be able to see or live with their mom until the therapist states that reunification with their father is complete. He is court ordered to be seeing and checking on the kids but he refuses to see them due to this lack of funds.
The kids are living in a one bedroom apartment with their father. He has provided them with ramen noodles, peanut butter, crackers, cheerios, milk and bread. He refuses to buy them toiletries so they have been 12 days without shampoo, and went 24 hours without a tooth brush. In addition, he is refusing to buy them toilet paper because “they refuse to show him respect”. He is gone all day at work and then at night for several hours of time, without telling them where he goes. He leaves them with nothing to do (no books, art supplies, tv, internet).
They went to his place with 2 extra outfits and underwear. He refused to buy them clothes and waited12 days to do their laundry. He has been physical with Isabelle and trashed the apartment by throwing what little they brought across the living room. He threatens that they have to stay with him for 3 years if they do not respect and love him. He threatens to call the police if they do not eat, play games or watch a movie with him. He is now telling them that their mother doesn't love them, because she hasn't paid to see them, as she is only allowed suprvised visits until reunification is complete. He told them to pack their stuff because he was taking them home. Once outside he locked them out. It was for 3 hrs and it was 97 degrees. He then told the kids it never happened. He said that he never told them to get their stuff nor did he lock them out. The children are frightened and with good reason. The father was dangerous while on medicine for depression, anxiety and bipolar, and even more so when off. They know of his need for medicine, as he promised them numerous times while in Wisconsin that he would stay on them. He never did.
Ethan and Isabelle have tried contacting their court-ordered therapist several times, and only 3 out of the 7 times did he answer them. He downplays any of their concerns and has stated to the courts that the kids are being well taken care of and adjusting well, regardless of the fact he has never actually been to the apartment and nor has he fully listened the kids complaints of neglect.
On the 9th of August, the kids' father attacked Isabelle by tackling her to the ground. CPS was involved and there is an open case on the attack. Unfortuatly, this one physical attack will not be enough to remove the kids from him. Then 6 days later the kids and father had an appointment with the therapist. The therapist never allowed Isabelle to discuss the attack. The father stated that he was done and ready to move to the final orders that will include a 50/50 time sharing plan. The therapist told the father to have his attorney write the letter to the judge. The next morning Isabelle was confirming with the father that reunification was done and that they would be going home that night. The father then yelled at her and told her to find a place to stay that night because they were not welcome in his house. Thoughougt the day Isabelle was seeking confimation that they were going home. Again the father stated, via text, that "you need to find a friend's to stay at, because I'm not tolerating you in my house." So before the father returned from work, the kids ran to a sheter. They spent a full month in the shelter and thenm were forced back to him. The judge refused to see this as an emergency. The father has stated that he has them there so they can cool down and learn to respect him.
To date, 8 weeks after the father and therapist said that reunifucation was done- for the second time, the father has refused to send the letter. The therapist refuses to talk with the mother without her paying him.
As you can see, we are scared for Ethan and Isabelle. Please donate what you can so justice is finally served for these two. Everyone deserves a home where they feel safe and loved and every penny donated will further Ethan and Isabelle's pursuit to obtain just that.
Thank you for your support and sharing Ethan and Isabelle's story.
Two Concerned Friends