MICHIGAN, Nov. 16, 2015 – The custody case of the three Tsimhoni children in Oakland County, Michigan, has deteriorated to dangerous levels.
In November, there have been a series of court filings by the father’s legal team, the mother’s legal team, and a guardian ad litem, Bill Lansat, which, taken together, paint a shocking picture. The filings includes 1) the father wanting to keep the children from contacting their mother for at least another 90 days, 2) to then split the children 3) the children alerting school personnel that their father continues to be violent, 4) the father is subscribing to a discredited theory created by an individual who made several pro-pedophile statements, and 5) all three of the children’s grades and mental health deteriorating.
The Tsimhoni children’s case became a national story after a judge temporarily placed the three children in juvenile detention for refusing to have lunch with their father. Since that time, the case has continued in a dangerous path.
With no evidentiary hearing and thereby without due process, the children’s mother, Maya Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, was deemed a parent alienator, and a court order forbade her from having any contact with her children for a minimum of 90 days.
During that time, the three children were court ordered to a five-day intensive and dubious therapy — run by an individual with little more than a high school diploma — of reintegrating them with the father all three said they feared and had done violence to one of them and their mother.
Most recently, the father has removed court-ordered therapists who won’t do what he wants. Here’s part of a court filing from Maya:
“Defendant first dismissed court ordered therapist unilaterally on September 7 (2015). Defendant again dismissed that therapist after the GAL had her reinstated in October of 2015. Defendant then dismissed another therapist chosen by him and the GAL in early November of 2015.
Omer has since taken the three children to a therapist not approved by a court order.
In a recent filing Omer has asked the court to add another 90 days to Maya’s no-contact order. Additionally, the therapist has recommended this:
“Perhaps worst of all, Defendant’s unauthorized current chosen therapist is operating wholly outside any standard of care, and is now planning as a final effectuation of the protocol to separate the three children from each other,” another portion states, with one child going to a wilderness camp, a second to foster care and a third to live with Omer.
“Worse on information and belief, Defendant condones the therapist’s use of threats to separate the children from each other and threats to place them in foster care or a wilderness program to manipulate the children into compliance.” Maya’s response states.
According to Maya’s court filing, the children have told school officials Omer is still violent with them. “Meanwhile the children are deteriorating mentally and physically, they have been missing school and they have advised school personnel that they are afraid to go to their father’s house. Their grades, which had been stellar under their mother’s care, have deteriorated significantly while in their father’s care.”
Things have gotten so dire that even the guardian ad litem, Bill Lansat, who has previously compared the children to Manson’s followers and concluded the mother was a parent alienator has changed his view. In an emergency petition filed in November 2015 by the father, Lansat writes, “The writer has significant concerns for the minor children.”
“Notwithstanding that, the goal of the gal,” Lansat said in another portion. “was that upon successful participation by the Mother of the aftercare protocols, custody should be restored to her.”
Though for the first time in years Maya has an ally in the matter, the case is stuck in legal limbo. The appeals court is set to hear on a recusal motion of the presiding judge, Lisa Gorcyca, who the mother accuses of having an unacceptable bias. Gorcyca has put off ruling on anything until that is decided.
As a result, Lansat’s emergency petition asks that the top judge in the county, Nanci Grant, assign a judge on an emergency basis to rule on allowing the GAL to make recommendations which he hopes will then be followed by this judge on a temporary basis while the appeals run out.
Perhaps most disturbingly, Maya accuses Omer’s legal team of linking her to Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), a discredited theory created and propagated by a pro-pedophile quack named Richard Gardner.
Plaintiff had “filed a motion…asking the court to exclude from evidence and from consideration in any way, alleged expert testimony about the so-called ‘parental alienation syndrome’.
PAS says that one parent will plant false memories of abuse and molestation in a child as a means of alienating the other parent from the child; it is championed by the likes of Alec Baldwin, who wrote in his book, “PAS is not just a theoretical issue; it is the reason for writing this book.”
But PAS has been controversial since its beginning. Gardner was a relatively unaccomplished psychiatrist who came out of nowhere to propagate a theory which has possibly been the single most destructive development
“The determinant as to whether the experience will be traumatic is the social attitude toward these encounters,” Gardner wrote in his book, “True and False Accusations of Abuse.” “There is a certain amount of pedophilia in all of us,” and “pedophilia has been considered the norm by the vast majority of individuals in the history of the world.”
Gardner was one of the chief defenders of Woody Allen, the film director who controversially married an adopted daughter he helped to raise with Mia Farrow. Gardner commented to Newsweek about Mia Farrow, “Screaming sex abuse is a very effective way to wreak vengeance on a hated spouse.”
Parental Alienation Syndrome is not listed in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems produced by the World Health Organization, nor does it appear in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York instructs that “Prosecutors should diligently question any case law or article that is cited as supporting PAS theory.”
The books “Let My Children Go” by Wendy Titelman and “Prosecuted but Not Silenced” by Maralee McLean both describe how each protective mother was accused of PAS after bringing forward clear evidence of child molestation.
The new book, “In the Worst Interest of the Child” by investigative journalist Keith Harmon Snow, describes dozens of incidents in New England in which PAS or similar bunk theories were used for the same effect.
In 2011 Peter Jameson, writing in the San Francisco Weekly, described dozens of cases like this in that San Francisco area. It included a story about Joyce Murphy, who suspected in 2003 that her ex-husband, Henry “Bud” Parsons, was molesting their daughter. For the next five years, the court treated Murphy like the perpetrator, referring to her as “crazy” and suggesting she was putting these thoughts in her daughter’s head as part of a campaign of parental alienation.
When the court refused to keep her daughter away from her ex-husband, Murphy fled the state, only to be arrested for kidnapping her daughter, which resulted in her ex-husband’s gaining sole custody of the child. Finally, in 2008, Parsons was arrested for charges including child molestation, sex with a child and creating child pornography. One of the judges in the case was DeAnn Salcido, who had ruled against Murphy. In time after leaving the bench Judge Salcido saw the error of her ways. A report on Salcido’s mea culpa described what happened:
From the moment she arrived in family court as a new judge, she says, she was advised by veterans of the system to disbelieve accusations of child or spousal abuse arising in divorces. “I was basically told to be suspect of anyone claiming abuse. I had senior judges telling me, ‘Be suspect. The dad probably has a new girlfriend, and the mom’s upset.”’ The concept of parental alienation, she says, arose in private discussions ‘all the time’ among court officials who espoused it.
According to Dr. Joy Silberg of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence (LC), about 58,000 children yearly are given yearly to an abusive parent, and Dr. Silberg largely blames to misuse of PAS as the reason.
According to Omer’s filing, he continues to maintain that the problem is the so-called parental alienation, opposes any emergency intervention and says he’s happy with the decision making of the judge, Lisa Gorcyca.
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