The Falsely Accused and Attorneys who represent them

This site is dedicated to those who have been falsely accused of some type of child abuse and for the attorneys who represent them.

The National Innocence Project has exonerated, based upon DNA evidence, hundreds of persons who were convicted of atrocious crimes including capital murder and/or rape. A large number of those persons had confessed to crimes they did not commit. Considering that most cases of child abuse do not involve DNA evidence, one can only guess at the number of people in prison that are innocent. The fact that a person has been accused or charged and, possibly, convicted of the crime does not mean that they were guilty of the crime. There are many reasons for this phenomena that are touched upon in this site.

In the large percent of sexual abuse cases, there is no physical evidence or eyewitnesses. Medical exams are routinely “normal”. Yet, people are still convicted based upon a complainant and hearsay/vouching testimony by so-called “experts”. Especially disturbing are the cases where repeated, penile pentration was alleged, yet the medical exam was “normal” with what is considered an “intact” hymen.

In alleged Shaken Baby and other alleged physical abuse cases, there is seldom a search for an “equally competing hypothesis” for causation of any injuries. In most cases, the presumption is made that the injurie(s) were non-accidental and therefore must have been inflicted by someone. What is not commonly known is that in many of these cases, there is a gigantic dispute among medical experts as to whether a particular injury was accidental versus non-accidental or whether there is some non-abusive cause of the condition or injury.

The search for the truth regarding a child abuse allegation involves “The Law, the Science, the Myths, the Reality”. No one wants a guilty child abuser to go unpunished. On the other hand, there is a sentiment in the general public that it is “better to err on the side of safety” which translates into that “it is better to convict 10 innocent people to make sure we get the one guilty person”. That is, unless they are the person accused or a family member or friend.

Justice can be served when people educate themselves on the issues involved and let reason, rather than emotion, rule the day. We seek justice not only for real victims, but for those who have been ajudged a child abuser when they have not abused anyone.

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1,034 Responses to The Falsely Accused and Attorneys who represent them

  1. Mal says:

    Hi. My husband was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor 6 years ago (then he was her step father) Not even a year later the girl admitted she lied because she wanted to go live with her grandmother. Even now she has admitted multiple times she lied. Is it to late to get anything done about this? He is now on a GPS device for life and has to register as a SA for something he didn’t do.

    • admin says:

      Mal,
      It depends. An actual innocence claim may be able to be made but it is a long shot! Call the office 419-865-0513 and I will be able to chat with you and make a referral and possible recommendation. Recantation alone is not enough to win but there are other things that can be done possibly.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  2. Brooke says:

    Please help me if you can I need some real advice from someone who could please give me some answers! I’ve never been in trouble with the law or had dhs involved until October28th 2015 just 6 months ago I lost my 3 year old baby girl due to a tragic accident which has been proven, but that night when I got home from the hospital dhs was waiting for my other 2 girls took them out of their home placed them in foster care and didn’t even allow my family to get to my house to take them in with family. Told us they had to do this just until investigation was over and autopsy came back which took months, but when it did and proved accidental they then said it no longer has anything to do with my daughter passing (though that was their reason to begin with) told us we had to complete a case plan to get them home which we have completed and they constantly keep pulling all kind of things that can not be legal to keep our girls from returning home it has been 6 months we’ve done above and beyond yet none of that matters I know a lot of these things are not legal, but not sure how to fight it I’m paying for a lawyer who seems to be doing no good and acts as if she doesn’t know what she’s doing now they are during me and their father separately for child support when we still have custody completed a case plan which should of been the end of this big disaster continue to pass every random weekly since day 1 I need some help on what to do or what’s right and wrong our family is torn in two we can’t even grieve over the loss of our baby girl that had to leave us at just 3 much less keep our 6 and 1 year old from being torn apart they just want to be home, know when, why, etc. All the things we wish to know as well and this is causing so much in needed hurt and taring us All apart for no reason I could explain so much better not trying to put the past 6 months of hell in a short writing without the many details to keep it not too long and complicated if there’s anyway you could contact me if you could find the time

    • admin says:

      Brooke,
      Call the office 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  3. Mom-in-law from haidies says:

    My mother in law is a narcissist. She has on her own accord removed our son. For the second time. Moving residence and moved him to what will be his 5th school already thanks to her she used connections that knew people in the children’s court that pulled strings and had the judge rule she have temporary guardianship till next hearing. Where as herself and my partner settled out of court. To calm her. She is a delusional drunk that passes out at four in the afternoon after her litre of whiskey has been depleted. Leaving my son who is five years old to tend for himself. Now a year later. She is accusing me of WAIT FOR IT SEXUALLY ABUSING MY SON…. using phrases as I stick my hairy thing in his face. This is not even the half if it she hasn’t laid any charges as yet which I find so strange if she thought which she seems to be broadcasting all over ever platform what she thinks of me. That’s not to mention how she harasses me with abusive and threatening text msges and calls in her inebriated state. Threatening my youngest son that is 2 calling him and I scum rubbish trash is her all time favourite. She loves to call me a pagan trash and my smallest a pathetic waste. I’m on the verge of …. dare I not say it!!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi,
      First and foremost, consult with a criminal lawyer as the allegation could be quite serious. You might want to have your family court lawyer hire a private investigator to prove her incompetence. IF you ever get your son away you might want to consider moving away with no contact and make it difficult for her to find you. Simple things like don’t use a mailing forwarding address because the new address eventually will find its way back to the sender! However, you cannot leave while there is any paper on you and your family.

      Kim Hart
      Exec, Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

    • Latoya Atkins says:

      Write down the tome date and everything that goes on get pictures and other evidence such as text records if you have to.So, that when you see a lawyer that is great in court it will help you a great deal to help that lawyer with evidence

  4. Jalynn says:

    Hi,
    My husband and I have been fighting with CPS for the past 3 years to get our 2 sons back. My husband at the time was falsely accused for abusing my youngest son leaving scratches and bruises on his face. I personally was there when I checked his face earlier and witnessed the whole event of our big dog walking over him carelessly. The dog didn’t mean it and my youngest knows he was stepped on by the dog. My oldest son, as I have 3 boys was also there to witness the event.

    We were homeless at the time and I had returned my 2 sons to my mother’s house so that they could be safe and go to school until I could get us into the shelter. My oldest son brought them to my mother’s home where my sister and brother-in-law collected the two boys. They called the police and reported the children abused by my husband who never touched my youngest son. When we returned them my youngest did not have a bruise but yet it was reported that there was a bruise. My husband was arrested on an APB for abuse that we had no knowledge of. When CPS case was opened the case in court they held his disability against him stating him unstable to have his kids back. Which caused more depression and stress as he was forced to go to work when he was and still is mentally not able to hold a job. I was diagnosed with depression and later fibromyalgia, and back problems. They used my pain medication against me recently having me UA’d weekly saying I’ve been overdosing. My husband fell farther into mental instability and tried to self medicate as none of the doctors we already had were not listening and we couldn’t change doctors as we are on quest medical until renewal time.It’s been little over a year and we have accomplished so much yet haven’t got our kids back. The Judge let us keep our parental rights but refused to give the kids back. The RCG’s the kids are staying with are both gay which is against our religious beliefs. On top of that the state is assisting the RCG’s in having the kids permanently adopted giving them legal custody.I found out that they were given our kids for adoption and thought they would win the parental rights. Now that we are again fighting for no adoption, the RCG’s requested to be part of our hearings and have brought their own lawyers in the interest of our children. My kids have been in 5 different rcg houses. 2 of which they have been mentally and physically abused in. The only house they trusted they were taken out off. They have even tried to have us separate so that the kids could come home which if I’m correct is against the ADA disability act. There is bias in our case and so much unjustice yet I don’t know what to do. The judge just permitted the RCG’s to take my son’s out of state and across country to Wisconsin for the summer which I didn’t agree with. Please help as I am so lost on what to do and know that most of my constitutional rights have been ignored along with the ADA disability act. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

    • admin says:

      Dear Jalynn,

      Your story is sad but not unfamiliar. I suspect unless you and your husband pull it together by having a source of income to support the family, housing and stability, you very well may lose your children. In my experience the agencies and courts don’t care about the reasons for the situation – they just expect the situation to be straightened out. I can’t remember the last time I hear the family courts caring about ADA so I would put little stock in that argument. Further, the Constitution as we know it has little utility in family courts. It seems to me that everyone’s Constitutional Rights are violated in the courts that deal with CPS matters, but that is just my opinion!

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

      • Jalynn says:

        Problem is we have everything together and we still are not allowed to get our children back. The judge didn’t take our parental rights away CPS it pushing for the foster care parent to have legal custody when there is no reason for our kids to not come home. We have a home and can support our children. And now the court is allowing the foster parents to have their own lawyer involved in our case as to protect our childrens rights which that is what the GAL is for.

        • admin says:

          Dear Jalynn,
          Call the office to talk to me about the situation.419-865-0513.

          Kim Hart
          Exec. Dir.
          National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  5. A says:

    Hello,
    I am wondering what I should be doing. My husband was falsely accused of hurting our daughter and he is facing time for this. He has a good lawyer on his side, but we are both scared about the situation. Any kind of help would be nice.

    • admin says:

      Dear A,
      Call the office to discuss the situation. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  6. Tammara says:

    My fiance was accused of rape and he wasnt around and have never seen the lady before. The accuser identify the four men that was involved but the reason the detective is accusing him is because he meet them at a bank. He never told his side of the story

    • admin says:

      Dear Tammara,
      Hopefully your fiance has a good lawyer and his story can get out.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  7. Kerm says:

    Hello,

    I have a brother who was convicted of a child sex abuse crime back in 1997. He was 17 years old at the time. A woman accused my brother of sexually assaulting her then 1 year old child. The alleged incident occurred in a small town in Arkansas. He was arrested and questioned by police. At that time he was a minor and was questioned by police without his parents or an attorney present. He told the officers several times he was innocent and did not do what he is being accused of. They took samples of his clothing and DNA. The child was examined and found that she had not been touched. There was no evidence that related him to the crime. They gave him a polygraph and he passed it. The attorney representing my brother did an awful job. The prosecutor presented him with taking a plea and the attorney advised him to do so. The town we were from was very small and very racist town. My brother was convicted and was given 4 years in prison. However he only served 1. Who in there right mind would give a sexual predator 1 year in prison. Now he has to regestir as a sex offender. He is 37 years old today with an abundance of potential, however he is limited to crime he did not commit. He spoke with me the other day regarding this he cried and stated many times he was tired of living the way that he is. He can not get a job. he is not able to go out and have a life.
    My mother and father was born and raised in poverty and not educated. the system that was supposed to protect them only hurt them. Is there any one that could help him. I don’t want my brother harming himself. He is very kind hearted individual with so much potential. If there is any advise please help!

    • admin says:

      Dear Kerm,
      I suspect there is little if anything that can be done. When you take a plea and the registry is part of it you are agreeing to those conditions. Sometimes there are circumstances that allow you to be removed such as the degree of the crime and the laws for the state where the conviction took place. You can call the office for an attorney referral if you like. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  8. Lisa says:

    My son has been wrongly accused he was accused of sexually touching a little girl the mother never took the little girl yobthe doctorvdo there’s no real proof just hear say the mother instead of contacting the police instead went yo church and had people pray about it the pastor took it to the school and the pricipal was mandated to rtport it whenvyhe officer came out mind you they never contacted me st all and not even given permission to speak yo my son that has a learning disability do the police officer kept harassing him asking him overand over if he did it my son got so upset because he told the officer no repeatedly the officer made him so mad my son threatened the officer so the officer took my son to Mary k shell a mental hospital and ojve he was released came with a warrant supposably we which there were no warrant took him into custody at the juvenile Hall. Now my son has been given a ward to the state for a year to be put in a group home for no reason just because like the officer said cause he where’s the badge I need help this county has done nothing but harass my family and threaten please help

    • admin says:

      Dear Lisa,
      It is unclear where in the process your son’s case is. Feel free to have his lawyer call us if we can be of any help. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  9. Samatha Morris says:

    Hi my name is Samatha,
    I am in desperate need of a lawyer who can help me fight my allegations that cys has accused me of. I do have an a pro bono attorney who has been trying to defend me at several hearing and has been trying to help me get my children back home. But with that said she strongly advised me I needed to get an attorney who deals with allegations for child abuse in order for her to proceed and help me be reunited with my children again. If there is anything or any kind of help that there is to offer I’m willing to do anything to get my girls back home as it will be a year at the end of July.

    Thank you,
    Samatha

    • admin says:

      Dear Samantha,
      We do not have lists of pro bono lawyers. Sorry. You can have your current lawyer call us and we can see if we have any suggestions for him/her.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  10. Sarah says:

    Hi, my husband has been accused of touching our 13 yr old daughter. She wasn’t 13 at the time she was 8 I guess is what she said…we both have asked her if she has ever been touched she would always say “no mom and dad” but all of a sudden when we move out of state and away from her friends and grandparents she starts in on this!!! Now I do what any mother would do and I take her to the hospital to get checked out… And the cops were called. No evidence… But here my husband sits in county jail for 6 months now all cause she wanted to live with her grandma and be by her friends!!! Oh I didn’t mention my 2 other daughters don’t have a dad now 🙁

    • admin says:

      Dear Sarah,
      Call the office 419-865-0513 to talk about your husband’s case. It is important to try to do it right the first time as it is really hard (not impossible) but really hard to get someone out once they have been convicted.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  11. My names is Cassandra, and I was falsely, accused of neglect, and abuse by thee state of Louisville ky, by a soical worker, and and a woman, who adopted my children. Back in 2011. Please I feel like my children, are in danger. I need help to prove, that I am this ” bad mother”. This social worker medical kidnap my children, she did it for thee money. Yes, I have made some poor choices, in life. But, Never when I had my children. I was going college, to show my babies in life, how to be somebody. And this cps, worker lied too me in my face. My babies, has to suffer. With this Cathy Hoffman, person, who doesn’t exist. I have been depressed so bad, without my children. Please I have too get them back. And prove, that I was Never this bad mother? I need help.

  12. See when my children, where placed in with thee foster mother, at that time, my children told me that Cathy, spanked Elliott, and has hurt them. And that Cathy droveto Florida, and that Cristin was going to be far away. All of this didn’t make any sense, until now. Susan medical kidnap, my babies, and in Louisville, ky. A lot of moms, proved this. And in about around thee time, Susan was retiring, so she made, 4,000 each, for three children. And b/c they where white, healthy, children. She knew that was a great check giving too her. Please my children, are in danger, and I was really lied too. I have my paperwork, and I have pics where my babies where in my care.

    • admin says:

      Dear Cassandra,
      Call the office and I will be happy to talk to you about your situation to see if I can make any recommendations. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  13. ken castleberry says:

    hello my name is ken castleberry and I need help for my daughter Ashley castleberry we live here in Philadelphia pa. my daughters kids were taken 4to5 months ago by dhs (child protective services) because one of her daughters a 4 year old Isabella was beaten up really badly while at the father’s for a weekend visit by the new live-in girlfriend who haves an addiction problem and has lost a kid to dhs from a previous relationship, she is currently in county jail, for an unrelated offense. dhs doesn’t even have this girl as a suspect , my daughter haves a court appointed but she’s done nothing every month theres a continuance and now today there blaming my daughter for the beating , Ashley’s lawyer tried to show evidence of texts from the father and live in girlfriend saying she was injured on their visit and gave conflicting excuses , I’ve seen with my own eyes that my daughter is being robbed of her children she in no way did this and her lawyer even is saying that dhs dropped the ball badly in this case but I feel they cant turn back now because of how wrong they are and can be sued I don’t know we need help , I’m trying to get a hold of a news channel and or a committee person because whats going on at these courts is crazy I’ve never seen anything like this , its so obvious their in the wrong it aint funny , please if anyone can see or read this please lead us into the right direction sincerely, ken castleberry .

    • admin says:

      Dear Ken,
      Sadly we here of these types of injustices every day. As far as your committee person doing anything, in our experience it would be very unlikely as most politicians hide in their offices and claim they will not get involved in legal matters. CPS is not worried about being sued as they know for the most part they have immunity. You need to find a way to get a private lawyer who can spend some time your daughters case. Public Defenders are way over worked and have very little time to spend on any one particular case. If you cannot afford a lawyer then you should start calling law offices to see if anyone is taking probono cases. You can also call the State Bar to see if they have a list of any lawyers taking free cases.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  14. Crystal says:

    My fiance has been divorced and in a custody battle for over 4 years now and after moving on with his life and trying to do right by his family his daughter (10) said she has been molested for 4 years! I believe she has been coerced and her mother (his ex wife) is behind this 100% but he’s sitting in jail scared and fighting for his life. Any advice please??? We are in the state of Wisconsin. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Dear Crystal,
      Call me to discuss the details of the situation. Our number is 419-865-0513.
      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  15. Hi I have a son diagnostic with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder(A.S.D.) and when he was in the High School another student from the same Special Education she pregnant and the DNA show is my grand-child.
    We moved to San Diego when he turn 18 yrs.; and I never ask for financial assistant, because I feel supported for the especial education to my son , I was worked for hem all my life, I never thinking I will need to ask for be hes representative legal, because I’m hes mother; he act like 16, 17 yrs. old.
    In 2014 he meet a girl in the internet, and he left to meet her in person, after 4 days she came to visit and know my family after the first week she don,t back to her house she stared to say her mother moved and she say do not have house, and we trait to sen with some of her family but she mention do not have any body all the time, and by the first month stared to say are pregnant, and I talk her my son is autistic an i mention about the daughter he have and she do not care, she stared to gave hart time to my son every day also all day they argument and the police came most the time she was coming and going all the time with her mother and she contradiction her argument and be with her friends, and my son stared with Panic attacks, after 4 month she pregnant, she has a baby girl and last time she have problem with my son and I talk to my son to call the police to put this woman another place and they take her out; Know she ask for child support , and my son was 2 weeks worked in Wendy’s but he was seek (potassium drop) and they terminate, after he find another,was showing Sings in the corners of the St., they training for 3 weeks and work for 2 weeks,he was seek one more time and they terminate, before the she left She ask for Child Support my son not find job he is Not working, he is Autistic and they send documents of child support because the baby , I’m hes mother I’m in disability my elbow was broken I will back to work , hope soon ,I want to find the way to be a represent legal of my son and ask for the DNA of the baby to can see what can do to help her if is my grand-child.
    Can you help me to find the way to do that? or what can I do to help my son to continue with Therapy he need he is in depression and low-self-stimulus and place to be secure to study and work to be god citizen, and one day responsibly with hes kids.

    • admin says:

      Dear Nellie,
      Paternity testing is something that is regularly done in most courts. You might want to call the clerk of courts for your county and see if there is a form that can be filled out requesting the DNA testing. Have you contacted legal aid to see if they will help your son? You can also call the state bar association to see if there are any lawyers taking pro bono cases.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  16. Diane Burnett says:

    I need a lawyer to possibly represent my daughter in an alleged child abuse case. It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve seen are spoken to my daughter. The judge agreed with CPS that I would only be allowed “therapeutic visits”, which has not occurred and it is going on 3 wks. She is not even allowed to speak with her father or aunt. They took her cell phone away to insure she is not contacted by anyone. She is 17 and her birthday is Sept 8th, she continues to state that I did nothing to her to cause these few bruises that they have multiplied x’s 11. I have a lawyer, not the best, but she (my daughter) needs to be heard, as she is a bright and artistic young lady that can and will speak for herself. They claim she is still being evaluated and another lawyer informed me they are trying to say she has Stockholm Syndrome in order to prevent her from speaking in her own defense. I need help immediately, as I do not know what these wicked people intentions are. Please Help me!!!

    • admin says:

      Dear Diane,
      Call the office and ask for me and let me see what I can suggest. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  17. Jamie Duffy says:

    My letter after the filing of re: Phoenix H. Is due to be filed in the next couple days. The transcripts for my case are 300 pages long. Allegation after allegation have been made upon me which I have no defense for. As the originating situation was I said that I was homeless to a nurse while I was in labor and cps bullied me for my precious baby claiming that I failed to provide her with adequate shelter. But the water in my stomach was her shelter. I never left the hospital with her. I also was never charged with any crime. With out meeting the burden of proof the dept.130 at WRRFRC has deemed me incompetent, denied my God given right to my own children. With too many falsified documents submitted to the appellate court to include in my letter with my side of this story. I really don’t know what to write in this letter. I have every bit of proof to support every correction as to the record. But what shall I include in my letter? I have some money for a lawyer but I only want to use one if Ithe can change the way that dept.130 stands behind the walls of the family courthouse violating the rights of natural born parents, operating with one goal in mind, making illegal custody arrangements, etc… help me

    • admin says:

      Dear Jamie,
      You will need to call the office to see if we have a lawyer referral that might help you. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  18. Holly Daily says:

    Hello, I need some advise. In 2010 my family was contacted by DCS because my nephew and non biologically niece were taken away from the mother for child neglect. My nephews father was in prison during that time frame. My nieces biologic father is deceased. Prior to this event my family was not allowed to see the children as neither sides of the familys agreed on the welfare of the children.My family had put in many complaints about the mothers parting, school attendance and leaving the children with strangers for days. Eventually someone reported the mothers behavior. The mothers parental right were terminated by the courts, at which time the mothers side of the family was unable to request custody because of not passing back ground checks. This is when our family was contacted and asked if we wanted to petition for custody. DCS suggested that take in both children so that we did not separate brother and step sister. In 2015 my niece started acting up in school, drugs, fights skipping, lying. We figured it was a teenage thing until we noticed a pattern from school to school. Looking into her behavior we found that she had been making contact with her biological side of the family and mother from cell phones from school. Which is a court order no contact. Once we addressed this with her she really started to act out, running away. Telling everyone and anyone who would listen that she was being abused, at which time DCS looked into her allegations and found no warrant. Plus she admitted making it up because she does not like rules. She has ran away 6 times and is only 14years. She made a false report to police that she was picked up from school at gun point and given drugs. She ran away and missed her court date. So she had a warrant out for her. She was picked up. She stated she was acting out because she wants to be with her biological side the family. Against our better judgment and with DCS supervising we agreed that we would let her try it our with her grandmother for 6 months. It was ordered that she stay out of trouble comply with the many court orders. We know for a FACT that she is not complying with the orders. We do not want her back as she made up so many false allegation and our family is afraid to have her around because of the severity of false accusations. My nieces biologic aunt works with DCS and was hiding her out when she ran away the first time, which we have pictures to prove it. The aunt was notified by the police 2 weeks before the picture was taken to notify them if she sees her. I do feel she had a moral obligation and legal one to report her to the cops. DCS asked us to give custody to the grandmother. I feel that they want us to do it. Because if they petition they will have to run a background check, and they know the grandmother will not pass one. Sense we told them that they have been rude, telling us to leave things alone or they we open a investigation and prove we are unfit and asked us if that is what we want. It gets much worse as now we have forced to keep a journal…..

    • admin says:

      Dear Holly,
      Keeping a journal is a very good thing for you. Keep all receipts also! This young lady is old enough to know she is actively participating in lies based off of what you are saying. You should be afraid of being accused by her. I know it sounds heartless but sometimes you have to love kids enough to let them go. It might not be a bad idea if you can get the girl to clear you of any wrong doing to give her what she wants. I am sure you have heard the phrase “be careful of what you ask for” Grandma may need to experience a little taste of this child. I am not sure the police will help you in this situation and as you push I would not be surprised if the girl pushes back harder. You might want to talk to a lawyer about your options.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  19. Emily M. says:

    I have been wrongfully accused of drug use and neglect. CPS in El Paso Texas, took my hair and tested it. They claimed for 3 months that I had coccain in my hair test, I told them I do not use drugs then they tried to place me in a 90 day in patient treatment. 2 weeks ago I revived a call from the CPS investigator stating that he was sorry and I was right, there was no coca in in my hair that he got papers mixed up from someone else’s hair test and that there was in fact no coca in in my hair test. They are now sending me certified mail stating im neglecting my 6 year
    old son? And try are sending me to court? I need help asap.

    • admin says:

      Dear Emily,
      You do need to contact a lawyer. Keep the envelope the letter comes in so the lawyer can file an “administrative appeal” against the neglect finding.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  20. Carl Bennett says:

    Hi my name is carl. My daughter was taken fron the hospital due to some her mother done to her brother yrs before and then she gave birth to my daughter and cps took her and had me do all the classes and testing etccc i passed everything they told me they would give her back. But it was all lies and I would still visit my daughter once a week and then one day the foster parents called and told me they adpoted her while i was waitin to go back to court they had already took her away. I would still visit her at the foster care home and. Take her shopping attend school. Programs and all that until everything was fine until i told my my child i wasnt her uncle as they had taught her. That i was her dad and she been getting in trouble every sincw she has a felony on a police officer shes not in school anymore. So the foster parent told me i couldnt see her any more. Since i told her the truth do i called the police only to find out she was fully adopted and i had no rights even though i have a paper stating i can pick her up etcc they wrongfully took my rights but didnt charge me with anything i called and went into many offices and they told me to get a laywer because they took my rights only because they took the mother’s whay can i do because i been in her life 14 yrs and im not trying to take her im just want to visit i had been doing i have contacted so manyyyyyyy people and no help whatsoever. Im exhausted i will not give up i will fight until the end the adopted parents call me and my wife for everything and i still go and then she’ll get mad and wont let us see my child

    • Carl Bennett says:

      So im currently got a civil rights lawyer because they violated my rights

      • admin says:

        Dear Carl,
        Your civil rights lawyer should know a family court lawyer if he/she does not do that type of work.

        Kim Hart
        Exec. Dir.
        National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

    • admin says:

      Dear Carl,
      The advice to hire a lawyer is the right one. Your situation seems a bit complicated and you will need help to find your way through it.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  21. Marilyn says:

    Hi my name is Marilyn. My son was wrongly accused if a crime, in which he did 18 long, hard years on a 35 year sentenced. He had never been on probation nor parole. He is out in a GPS leg monitor. The problem with that darn thing is,it has been givin my son hell. It goes off and no one has to touch it. It will say in house violation. His PO and Supervisor believe he’s touching it. My son is not touching that machine.Hes n jail because of that darn GPS.please we need HELP!

    • admin says:

      Dear Marilyn,
      I would talk to a lawyer about either have the GPS monitor replaced or at least tested.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  22. Damaris Pollock says:

    My childs father took at plea bargain cause they said it wud be less if actually took it to trial when the only evidence they have is a recording of him agreeing to pay for the girls abortion of which hes never laid eyes on dnt even kno know her name. Hes never been agressive towards any women including his ex wife,his entire family includin his children’s mmothes know he is a good man and only wants to be able to raise his children. If theres any thing you can do please let me know.
    Sincerely Damaris P.

    • admin says:

      Dear Damaris,
      Plea bargains are deals. If someone broke their part of the deal then you should talk to a different lawyer to see if there is anything that can be done. It is really hard to undo a plea bargain though. Call the office for a referral if you like 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  23. Bree says:

    On June 22,2016 Dhs workers came to my mother and fathers house where I have temporarily been staying with my two children. We let them in and they let me know that they received reports about bruises on my son’s legs that allegedly had been caused by my boyfriend, my son’s father and that I had been accused of being under the intoxication of abusing prescription drugs. I am positive I know who falsely accused my son’s father and I and we are meeting with a reputable attorney in two days. We had drug tests done and interviews done and also I know the dhs workers cannot interview my child in a private residency which they did so to my five year old daughter, I tried to stop her from talking and he accused me of trying to make her lie for my boyfriend about an argument we had which is apparently when these bruises came about on our son from his father. This never happened. We are cooperating but we have done our research and know our rights but are terrified from everything we have found out about these Cps workers. We are being falsely accused and investigated by detectives along with the dhs. They want to privately interview our five year old and she does not want to and neither do we want her to because we are afraid of them twisting her words against us because they have twisted my words and accused me of not having a straight story when they came into my temporary residence. My mother and father spoke with them too, they are witnesses to his interview. The dhs worker wanted me to place my daughter in the care of her grandparents and I told him no that she was safe with me and I did not want her away from me. There were no bruises on our son when they came over but I told them the bruises were from an incident days prior to my boyfriend being accused where he got the bruises, from being stuck in his bath seat with both legs stuck in one hole. They don’t belive me and are making us keep my boyfriend away from the kids completely. We are scared that we don’t know what they are doing and what they plan to do,or if we are going to have our words and things in my parents home used against us. They won’t allow me to move into our home with is having a kitchen finished where me and the kids and my boyfriend originally lived. We meet with our lawyer in two days and I want to cancel Mondays private interview with my five year old and a detective and Dhs worker. Will this cause problems to cancel it to reschedule so we have spoke to a lawyer beforehand and have got her a lawyer?? Please help. We are being criminally investigated and I feel we made mistakes with letting them come into our residency and speaking to them and letting him speak to our daughter when she repeated the accusations of her grandmother who we know is responsible for these allegations against us. Our children mean everything to us and we are terrified and willing to do whatever to keep them in our safety. We have heard too many horror stories of wrongfully accused parents having their parental rights and children taken away. At the request of the dhs worker, I took my son to see his pediatrician for a check up for signs of abuse and he had an x ray taken of his leg and she told us that everything on her end looked good. We live in the state of Oregon. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Dear Bree,
      I believe we spoke on the phone about your situation. You have done the right thing by talking to a lawyer. Sadly, as much as parent have the “right” to prevent interviews (temporarily) the fact remains if the agency wants to talk to your child they will. CPS is an agency that has a tremendous amount of unaccountable power and one must maneuver through the minefield carefully! Call the office 419-865-0513 if we can help.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  24. Lorie says:

    I am not sure what I should do. My brother-in-law just informed me today that his two daughters the ages of 9 and 12 stated that my 16 year old had touched them under their panties. No type of penetration. Apparently the 12 year old stated it happened to her 2 years ago. Both my husband and I were shocked. They live in another state, so we don’t see them often. I have worked with abused children and have educational knowledge. I am a strong advocate for children, however, when I questioned my son…I 100% believe that he did not touch the girls in that fashion, or any other inappropriate way. My brother-in-law wants to stand up for his girls and states that he is calling the police tomorrow. I came from all corners when questioning my son, searching for facts, looking at expressions, asking about how he was feeling, never stating what little information we were told, but asking him if there could be a possibility that an action could have been interrupted as inappropriate. Still I believe him. He is a great kid, has never even had a girlfriend (but has his crushes), very smart, never drank, smoke, or did drugs. He doesn’t swear, he is the class clown, AB student in honor classes. I am worried that he will carry this shadow around at the least and/or labeled a sex offender and not be able to accomplish his goals in life. We have very little money, but I need help to keep this from destroying his future. I worry about what may have happened to the girls, if anything, but my primary concern is not having another child, my child, become a victim too. Suggestions…..

    • admin says:

      Dear Lorie,
      Your son needs a really good lawyer. You will find that these cases look completely different from the accused side and you may have trouble balancing that with your own advocacy information. Feel free to call me and we can talk it through. 419-865-0513. By the way, I would not let my son talk to anyone or submit to any “testing” without first talking to a lawyer and having the lawyer be available during any interviews.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  25. Matthew says:

    My family needs help. I had gotten arrested for assaulting my wife, police came, dcf came, my wife went to the hospital, I went to jail and our baby went to dcf. My wife was released from the hospital and dcf was there and told her they were taking our baby and doing a investigation. The investigation took place at our home and in the dcf report it stated the house was well kept and the child had everything needed (food, clothing, toys, diapers) and thar when child was taken out of the home he was fine and unharmed. Well me AND my wife were charged with child neglect even though she was a victim of domestic violence. Our baby is in Foster care and it has been 8 months since he was taking from us and we have been jumping though hoops for dcf with promises of reunification and nothing is happening about it. Now a while ago we noticed bruises and mark’s on our son when we had our visit, we told the dcf social worker and her response was”it’s not like he has black eyes” as we had more visits there were more bruises and marks but they were more identifiable with clear hand marks on his back and hand marks and bruises on his leg like he was grabbed very aggressively so I immediately took several pictures and showed the worker who brings our son for his visits and he confirmed the marks and documented it. My wife emailed the social worker the pictures and to our knowledge nothing was done. This past week we had court and our social worker said she was going to pick us up cause we don’t drive, after a half hour went by she was late we started to panic, we called her but got no answer, we then called her supervisor and he acted like he had no idea were she was and he would tell the court. We took a taxi and barely made it on time and when we signed in at the clerks office we asked “by name” if our social worker was there at the court house and the clerk checked her list and told us yes she was. As we went in to the court room the was another person from dcf in her place and told us that our worker was on vacation and she had no information on us cause our worker had our progress reports and she wasn’t there to show the judge and it was all 100% positive feedback from phycotheropist doctors, my domestic violence councilor, my probation officer and my substance abuse councilor. So we were ordered further requirements and were told later that day by dcf supervisor that now our son wouldn’t be back with us for like another 6 months and that we need to stop telling dcf that our baby is being abused because me and my wife had no proof so don’t worry about our child in dcf care. My wife then told him my husband has proof, we have pictures, then he hung up. My wife’s brother in another state wants to take our baby who is already approved by dcf in his state to do so but the supervisor refuses to expedite even though our baby meets 2 of the requirements needed. We are being set up and lied to, our and our child’s constitutional rights are being violated and worst of all our baby who is only 18 months is being abused and beat, we are wonderful parents who love our son more then life it self! we need our baby safe before this corruption goes any further, we need help! He needs help! Please someone help our family please I beg of you.

    • admin says:

      Dear Matthew,
      You and your wife need lawyers for the DCFS case. It is not unusual when allegations are being made against foster parents for bruises that the agency becomes more unreasonable then they normally are. Have they told your wife she has to divorce you in order to get her child back yet? That is what we hear the most. Your wife’s brother needs to hire a lawyer and become a party to the action in an effort to get the child into his care. He will have to stay neutral such as “I don’t know what happened and I don’t care. I am only here to protect my nephew”. If he sides with you or your wife, he will most likely be excluded as a placement.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  26. Christy says:

    Please help me. I a in desperate need of some assistance. I have been fighting CPS since 2012. They claim I neglected all 3 of my kids. I recently lost my fight in court for my twins and my rights were terminated. I am appealing this decision. I need help with how to fight CPS and get a fair fight. My lawyer went through the motions I believe. He didn’t do what he said he was going to do to fight on my bebehlf. I live in Westbrook Maine. Please help

    • admin says:

      Dear Christy,
      If you are unhappy with your lawyer or think he/she only went through the motions, you need to hire a different one to do the appeal.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  27. Tammy Wargo says:

    My grandson has been taken from me. He is 11 years old and has autism, he is non-verbal. His father was fourteen when he was conceived the mother was seventeen. She moved into our home two weeks after giving birth because her grandparents threw she and my grandson out of their home. She and my grandson lived with us for three years. My sons father and I assumed most of the responsibility for our grandson. My son and the mother and baby moved out because of a disagreement. We didn’t see our grandson for a year. Within that year our son moved back home. We managed to come up with enough money for a lawyer to help our son get joint custody of his son. For seven and a half years our grandson has lived in our home with and without our son being here. He walked out on him several times. Our grandsons mother married another man and has four more children. She has moved in and out multiple times with her grandparents. She came to me at the beginning of her last pregnancy and told me she didn’t have room for all of her children and that our grandsons behavior had become too challenging for she and her grandparents. I offered to have him move into our home full time she agreed and we made arrangements. All the while his father would occasionally come to see him. His father married a woman that in my opinion has serious mental issues, one of which is being a sociopathical liar. Her own mother told me she suspected the same thing. My daughter in law does not like me at all and has tried to sabotage many things in my life in the past few years, but she has ramped that campaign up since I refused to attend their wedding. She and my son came by our home on the evening of May 7th of this year. It was to collect mail he had here. He texted me from the street and demanded I bring his son out to see he and his wife. I opened my front door to inform him that he was dozing off in a chair and that he would have to come into the house to see him. He did after a few minutes and my grandson did not want to go outside with him. He eventually got him to the front porch, but my grandson promptly retreated back into the house and to the chair. Some background on my grandson is if he doesn’t want to walk with you he will throw hisself down to the floor or ground. My son came back into the house after him and tried to pull him off the chair and I said, “easy” he told me to shut up and when he pulled my grandson up to his feet my grandson threw himself to the floor and landed on a toy on the floor. I told my son that that was enough. He again told me to shut up and managed to get him off the floor and out the door. The next thing I heard was a crash and I went to the door opened it to see my grandson sitting on the porch floor against a snowblower that was sitting on the porch. I told my son to stop it that my grandson was going to end up with bruises. He managed to get him to the end of the driveway to see my sons wife and dog. More background is that mostly just before the holidays or my grandsons birthday his mother or great grandmother would call CPS to report a bogus injury. They have done this nine times now. Of course the Tuesday after this happened he went to his great grandparents home. They strip him down every time to check his body for marks, I have discussed this with CPS to no avail, they agree this is mental abuse but won’t stop them from doing this. In finding bruises on his bottom in the shape of the top of the snowblower she took Valium put my grandson in her car and drove him to the hospital to be checked out. I went to the hospital she was clearly under the influence and without notice got up and left my grandson, my older son (who is also autistic but verbal) and I in the ER room. She went home. I signed the discharge papers and took my grandson home. My grandsons mother thought it best to keep him at our house and she would come there a couple of times a week to visit with him. We worked out a summer schedule that was agreed to by she and I. CPS and a detective from our local police called three weeks later to interview us. Both my grandsons mother and I told them about his fathers behavior with my grandson both past and present they asked where he lived and for a phone number and they interviewed he and his wife a week later. Apparently whatever lies they orchestrated has now caused me to lose access to my grandson. I have never harmed any of my children! Let alone my grandson. My grandson is very combative I have scars on my arms and legs I have areas of my scalp that are detached from my skull. Yet I handle these behaviors with understanding and love. I have many people willing to support me with letters and presence. His teacher from last year remarked at his improvement after he was living in my house full time. My grandsons mother who has sole custody signed guardianship papers so his grandfather and I had some legal standing to take him to doctors appointments and to obtain transportation to and from school and to take him on trips. I have taken him to the same church every Sunday since his birth, I have belonged to this church for twenty three years. I have taken him to the beach in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia. I have taken him to Disney World twice. We are Civil War living historians and we attend many events per year. He appears to enjoy this tremendously! He has an extensive friend network with us! He has bonded to us and to many of our friends and family. Apparently this Tuesday July 5th, we are to be interviewed for a second time and when I asked the CPS worker why, she told me that right now I’m being accused of putting the bruises on him! This is not true! The authorities advised my grandsons mother to not allow me access to my grandson. I don’t want this to sound bad, but my grandsons mother is not very bright and can be easily swayed and I just know she’s being led into this. My grandson has been thriving in our home! He has learned to communicate his wants and needs proficiently. His mother has told me we will see after the investigation if she feels safe enough for my grandson to spend time with us. Seriously? My grandsons father has a history of causing serious injury to my older son. He hit him so hard that his upper lip became detached from his face it had to be sewed back on. The worse thing he did was sexually molest my older son when my older son was 18 and my grandsons father was 13. I called CPS myself on that and was turned away because the victim was 18. They suggested that I take them both to counseling. I did, it helped my older son and seemed to make the younger son worse! I am aware that now in the state of Pennsylvania that if a child has lived with a grandparent for 12 months or more that the grandparent is eligible to petition the court for legal custody. I think this would be in his best interest, but now I’m being accused of harming him. What should be my next move?

    • Tammy Wargo says:

      A side note is my daughter in law also has a six year old son who she claims came about because of rape. She has signed him over to her parents to raise and the interaction that I’ve witnessed between she and her son is one of intolerance at best.

    • admin says:

      Dear Tammy,
      For a variety of reasons you need to hire a lawyer. You will not be able to clear your name or fight for the child without help. Call the office if you need a referral 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  28. Sabrina Harder says:

    My husband has been accused of sexual assult and malteatment of our daughter.She is 17 and we have two other children that are saying that nothing ever happened.But no one is listening to either one of the two that are defending my husband.Please can you give us some advice on what to do.

    • admin says:

      Dear Sabrina,
      Have you contacted a lawyer yet? In my opinion, CPS and law enforcement quite often are not know for listening to the truth, just obtaining information that supports their beliefs. Your husband needs a good lawyer to protect him (and you). Sadly, it is not uncommon for CPS to tell you that you will have to choose between your daughter and your husband. It is very complicated. Feel free to call the office to discuss your situation further. Our number is 419-865-0513.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  29. gerald t campbell says:

    i have an court appointed attorney and so far shes not doing her job but heres the case my daughter was volentarliy brought to mich while was attending my very sick wife@ whom later died in my arms i went to get my daughter back and to put it bluntly all hell has broke out first my family and now the county is trying to keep my daughter from based on false lies and accusations and i have never even had parent time and the judge is real biased he said i should of never had kids he dont even know never has seen me. as matter of fact i have not even lived in mich for 16 years i was married to my late wife for 14 years and i have no record of any kind i really could used some suggestions and if you can even talk with my attorney stacy that pretty much all i know bout her. we dont even know her address or her firm!

    • admin says:

      Dear Gerald,
      I am a bit confused. Your lawyers P.O. Box appears on the internet to be the same at the Prosecutor’s Office. Maybe her office is in the courthouse and all mail goes to the same box. However, I would surely check this out.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

  30. gerald t campbell says:

    hi kim thanks so far to this day nothing has happen i have sent files to the so called attorney and she has not responded to me only 10 mins before court now that i know she lying and claims she only gets my phone no rite before court both times now hows that for dishonesty and she claims to have the allegations but refuses to send them and i even asked her on the laws still no responce and since when does the g.a.l. go from my daughters rite to the guardian as her attorney. heres stacys ph no you have my permission to contact her since shes not responding to me s.c. 248-882-xxx you have my full blessing to call her we have sent her a copy of my files but no responce! since when since im from wi how do they have the rite to put false allegations against me since i have not seen my daughter since last feb 8th 2015 and there claiming this happen during a false ppo which i won but they brought out the accusations on 5/31/2016 and plus there claiming joanne built a $6000 playhouse for arias downtime and yes my daughters autistic! and since there been no parent time how can i do any of this since i have not seen my daughter now what can we do bout all of this. and my federal rights have been violated! any help would be so very welcome this whole thing sucks and is nuts! and yes imtaking this very serious arias already lost her mom now does she need to lose her dad to corrupt system to now you tell me weres the sanity in any of this yes im going crazy over this my daughter thinks i dont care and thinks im dead you may not like this but david is a real asshole im tired of being nice to these jerks and since when do i have to appear in there courtroom since i dont even live there and i dont like there threats so anyway you can help will be so very welcome and please dont tell theres nothing i can do because thats all im hearing im going to stop at nothing legal to get my daughter back

    • admin says:

      Dear Gerald,
      We do not make initial contact with lawyers. If the lawyer doesn’t have enough gumption to call us, we have no reason to believe they will hear what we say. Send letters certified return receipt and compile documentation that you can use to replace her.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

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