Once again another case of injustice in Family Court involving Judge Frank Sullivan and the same co-conspirators that the Las Vegas Tribune has previously exposed in several other cases – Child Protective Service (CPS), Department of Family Services (DFS), CASA, Clark County Deputy District Attorney Juvenile Division, Court Appointed Attorneys, Child Advocacy Project (CAP) – where the above-mentioned entities and individuals conspired together to steal a minor child from the legitimate parent, rears its head.
During a recent Face The Tribune segment, this newspaper learned of the 17-month odyssey of a local family that has been held hostage in Family Court without due process of law, in violation of the Special Interest Statute, and with the added insult of introducing attorneys into this case who have proprietory interests in adopting out children and have no standing in this case at this time.
On May 3, 2011, a male child was born to Tonia Jones at UMC. She had no Medicaid card and was without insurance. She was admitted, and her male child was born. UMC ran a drug screen on child and mother. The mother was told that both she and her child had tested positive for cocaine.
The following day, Tonia’s sisters came to the hospital to take the infant home. CPS caseworkers refused to allow the aunts to remove the newborn infant from the hospital. It then took 18 days before CPS sent foster parents into the hospital to take custody of the baby boy. No family member was even alerted or contacted. The foster parent just walked out of the hospital, baby in arms, and proceeded to take little Baby Jones to her home.
For 17 agonizing months Tonia and her family have been in and out of Family Court. They have attorneys acting as supposed advocates, yet this child still remains in adoptive foster care. Why?
The policy of the hospital is that lab specimens obtained do not follow a legal chain of custody. Therefore, they are not accepted in court. The exception to the rule is when the police come in, usually in car accidents, and ask for a chain of custody, and then those specimens are admissible. Now that we understand this, how can CPS hold a child back from going home with his mom or his biological aunts?
We are aware that Tonia phoned Healthy Families, as instructed, immediately when she returned home and was told there was a 6-month waiting period. This is not news to anyone seeking help; we all know how services have been cut back. But Tonia is now a victim of the very system that claims to defend families. She didn’t know the “who, where, when, what, why and how” of the programs available to her for recovery, nor was she given any written information to help her when she sought help.
The Court’s enforcement, in this case, should have been to secure the best interests of the infant and to ensure that he reside in a stable environment.
At no time were the rights of Tonia or her son taken into consideration. At no time did the judge even consider returning the child to the family home for unification. The judge is on record saying the biological family had no standing, but that the adoptive foster parent did!
Tonia completed her Parenting and Substance Abuse programs, even though she had undergone hip replacement surgery and had many hurdles to overcome during this time period. How much more does Tonia have to endure so she can hold her son in in her arms in her own home?
Tonia’s father, Herbert Jones, and her two sisters have been in and out of court; one has filed, and Herbert is in the midst of preparing, a Motion for Change of Placement of the Minor Child, just to be there as biological family members willing and able to care for their nephew and grandson. Tonia is one step away from her parental rights being stripped from her. April is the month in which she will be deprived of her son for the rest of her life, and her son will never know the mother who will never give up!
This Court, in contemplating removal of her parental rights, is, therefore, imposing a civil death penalty on mother and son. How is this possible when a grandfather and two aunts stand ready to welcome this child home?
We are going to delve more into the brokering of minority children in our community.