There was a copy of said request, but it was not present in the courtroom at the time of the assumption. The birth certificate did not arrive until weeks later.
So Gonzales remained incarcerated, while her family continued to pay rent on an empty apartment. Apparently the CPS and LVMPD “angels of mercy” do not extend their consideration to the well-being of family pets, as Gonzales’ Shih Tzu, Oreo, was left in the apartment alone for several days following her arrest.
August 19, Gonzales’ mother and Family Court Attorney Denise Gallagher have a phone conversation in which Gallagher states that no one really believed that Rhiannon hurt her baby on purpose. She went on to say that she and Family Court District Attorney Maria Cleveland had agreed to change the charge language to read neglect, instead of abuse.
Gonzales was to plead no contest, agree to parenting classes and when completed she would get her baby back. This was initiated under the assumption that the outcome of family court would have an impact on the criminal case. As Gallagher explained it, abuse was a felony but neglect could have been a misdemeanor.
Gallagher also mentioned that CPS thought that Gonzales had been “turning tricks” to support herself because she didn’t have a job or public benefits. Mother commented that they should have just asked how she was supporting herself and she would have told them she was getting help from family and the children’s fathers. She added that they would be happy to provide documentation if anyone wished to see it.
Denise Gallagher was not able to make family court on August 22 due to a death in the family. No one from CPS showed up either. But Eugene’s attorney, Christopher Tilman, was there to inform everyone elsepresent that Eugene had passed his polygraph test. Family Court District Attorney Maria Cleveland stated that as soon as she got the official paperwork saying as such, she would dismiss his case. It was agreed that he would participate in the next court date scheduled for September 5 by phone, so he wouldn’t have to make another trip to Las Vegas.
August 27, preliminary hearing, criminal court, both Piro and Rinetti ask for continuances. John Piro tells Gonzales’ mother that he is having difficulty getting ahold of Williams. Only Williams could place Gonzales in the front doorway of the apartment, obstructed from view of the bedroom, at the time that the accident occurred. Gonzales’ mother then texts Williams and gets a response. The response states that she means no disrespect but they have been instructed not to speak with anyone regarding the case. Later, Gonzales’ mother runs into Brittany while walking their dogs. Williams clarifies that the instructions came from Paula Moore. Moore told them to be prepared, as they may be called in to testify against Gonzales. Williams added that she was employed by the School District and could not afford to get involved in these types of situations.
Strangely enough, CPS was not interested in the statements of Pamela Isaacs or Remy Samuel because they did not incriminate Gonzales. Moore
did try to contact the accusing doctor, Jason Garber, who told her that he was busy and that she should just do her job — bottom line, this kid was abused!” Paula Moore’s job had been made exponentially easier with the plethora of defamations she was provided by Kyrene Williams, the disgruntled babysitter; and augmented by Dr Natalie Darro’s askew corroborations, which included her jubilant conveying of a new allegation of “shaken baby syndrome.” Darro had been suffering from a bruised ego ever since a phone conversation with Gonzales’mother, who was inquiring about their baby’s condition, the night of the accident. With such over-enthusiastic cohorts, one might understand why Moore would not bother to read all of the medical reports or visit the scene of the accident for herself.
One such hearsay was repeated by CPS Investigator Paula Moore to Gonzales’ attorney John Piro, alleging that, per Kyrene Williams, Gonzales and Williams had smoked crack together. It was obviously hearsay because Moore never included it in her own CPS reports against Gonzales. She simply passed the gossip along. Gonzales’ mother questioned Gonzales about the allegation. Gonzales admitted that she did know that Williams smoked pot and had instructed her not to while babysitting, but that if she had any idea that Williams was doing other drugs, she would never have let her watch her children. Iyanna further substantiated that Williams and Gonzales were never alone together, without her being present.
September 12, Family Court, presided by Honorable Judge Robert Teuton. Eugene’s charges were dismissed completely. The language on Gonzales’ charges were changed from “abuse” to “while in her care, this accident occurred,” stipulated that she implement a plan of action together with Child Protective Services and that Elgin was to be placed with family. Everything as promised by family court attorney Denise Gallagher. Gonzales’ criminal court attorney, John Piro, was also present at family court on September 12, 2013.
September 13, Criminal Court, Gonzales’ Attorney John Piro arrives with co-counsel, Ryan Bashor. Present are Gonzales’ mother, daughter Iyanna, Iyanna’s father Jamal and Grandmother Karla. Piro has prepared another motion to appeal to the judge, one more time, to release Gonzales — either on her own recognizance or house arrest or to lower her bail. In this motion he included the 10 character reference letters that had been sent to CPS in July, plus a letter to Judge Sullivan from Gonzales’ mother which included a cancelled check to the NM Dept of Vital Statistics requesting Gonzales’ birth certificate, as exhibits.