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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523 Responses to The Falsely Accused and Attorneys who represent them

  1. charles says:

    I was convicted of a crime I did not committ. I was visiting my mom in Oklahoma I was there for about a month when a 16 and 17 year old girls made up a story on me I was 24 and lived in Virginia my whole life. Ottawa county oklahoma I was just making jokes about the 17 year old and the age up with some story that I had broke in there house while they were asleep sexually assaulting one and rape by instrumentation on the other (finger). None of these things happened so I take it to trial and the only evidence was just their word. my public pretender caught one of the girls in a lie so they found me not guilty of burglary and sexual assault but found me guilty of rape by instrumentation. How is this possible if they knew they were lying and there word was the only evidence. I wanted to get on the stand but lawyer said it would be a bad idea since I wasn’t from there and I had an accent. I was in jail for about a month when I got in a fight in the jail because of the bogus charges and the guy died so I got a manslaughter charge the guy that died family tested to sure the jail and I hadn’t even been to court for original charges it was self defense and I took it to trial and our was a hung jury by this time I had already been charged with the rape the da came up to me ayer the verdict and said we already got you on the rape and we will get you on this one 30 years he said. Heinto taking a plea bargain for man2 4 more years added on to the 5 that I received for the rape I need help this is wrong if I would have never been in jail for something I didn’t do that guy would still be alive please help me I had 9 years to serve and only Did 3 years 364 days for good behavior I had never been in any real trouble by until I went to visit my mom Please I’m on my hands and knees Where s my justice

    • admin says:

      Dear Charles,
      If you are incarcerated have your family call us. If you are not incarcerated, feel free to give us a call. Your case is too complicated for a discussion on a blog.

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

    • thoughtful 1 says:

      Man…I hate reading your story.Im sorry you had to go through this.Good luck to you.

  2. patience says:

    My son has been in the care of his father since august 31st and he has been abused and brain washed into saying that i did it my father who is a pastor my sister my fiance and i were all there at the hand off of my son and he was fine. no marks what so ever. My son had bruises on his face and strangulation marks on his neck and 7 welts on his bottom. i took a lie detector test that i passed stating i have never abused my son . My son is stating that i did it. Social services is having me charged with child abuse of my 3 1/2 year old son. he is so scared i have had supervised visits with him which i have recorded sylas saying he is telling them the truth and of the abuse he is enduring there i have recordings of my son stating the abuse with the social worker in the room and nothing happens. i have begged for the state to take my son into custody because he is not safe in the care of his father. i feel as though the police is harrassing me becasue today i was being accused of using a stolen gift card in my town and a town near by i seen the video it was not me the officer told me that he has no doubt it was my fiance and I. I went home and looked at calanders and called into my place of employment and i was at work one of the days and my father was in town helping me move. but one officer that is dealing with the child abuse case said for certain that it was my fiance and i. i am at a loss, no one will listen and i dont know what to do but my little boy is not safe

    • admin says:

      Dear Patience,
      You need to talk to a lawyer. There are a lot of difficulties when someone accused of abuse brings up abuse allegations and you should be guided by competent counsel. Do not give up your original recordings to anyone but your lawyer and make sure you retain a copy for yourself.

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

  3. patty zrgza says:

    Pls help us we are looking for a good honest lawyer who wont charge us soo much money. We live in LA and my brothers lives in Dallas Texas. He is currently in jail been acused of touhing hes own daughter of 14 yrs. My brother will never do that. Now this days teenagers are really out off control. My brother took her cell phone away as a punisbment and she lied and made this big problem not thinking about the consequenses this would have. My brother been in jail for a couple of months now and still nothing has happend not even a court date and his daughter visits him ocasionally like if there was no problem. My brother also is on an INS hold. We’ve tryed hiring a lawyer and he only took our money. Please help us thank you ..

    • admin says:

      Dear Patty,
      I will send a private e-mails with the name and number of a lawyer you can call. The hard truth is your brother may need to use the public defender and help the public defender with what the court will not pay for.

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

  4. Georgette Rakaska says:

    My brother comitted a sexual offense in new york state in 1991. He fell under the Doe V. Pataki group which kept him off of the sex registry but required him to provide his address to the New York State Department of Justice for tens years which ended in 2006. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and Pennsylvania arrested him in 2013 for failure to comply with the sex registry. New York state provided documents of his crime and is more than willing to break a contract between New York State and a Doe V.Pataki member. He is facing trial in Pennsylvania and is in front of a judge who is well noted as being labled PRO Coviction. His lawyer does not have much faith in a jury trial setting him free. Because of him being convicted of a sex crime he is labled less than human. So to get a fair trial it is going to be a uphill battle. If New York State would abide by their contract with my brother this arrest would not have happened. He is facing up to 7 years and he is a 61 year old man with severe hearing loss and reading disabbilities due to a childhood accident. I need some advice on how to plead his situation and how to get New York State to admit my brother’s rights are being violated

  5. Anna says:

    I am in desperate need of help. My son Tyler is one out of six kids. On 2/28/13 a call was placed to the Department of Children and Families abuse hotline stating my son tyler has been hit by me his mother with a baton and that he has a bruise on his left arm. The Child Protective Investagator called me on 3/2/13 to meet with me, but we were on our way to Bush gardens so I turned around and met with her at Mcdonalds. The CPI worker checked tyler for any marks and bruises and he was free and clear of any marks. She told me she will be in contact to close the case. I didnt hear from her in over a month and on 4/5/13 the CPI worker comes to my house, I was in my room laying my baby down for a nap and someone was pounding on my door, we were scared and didnt open it, as I was home alone with my babies and wasnt expecting anyone. She contacts the police and has a police and herself come back to my house, I let her in and they checked my house and there was no safety concern. They went to my kids school and tyler had a scratch on his neck, that he wasnt sure how he got. So they made a big deal about it. To make a long story short within 24-48 hrs after my son was taken into states care we had a court hearing. The judge said he is ruling based on allegations and allegations only that tyler is to remain in states care. The judge didnt rule based on any proof or evidence, which to me is wrong. Tyler is a special needs child.  The judge took my special needs child away for allegations. Tyler was the only child out of six to be removed.  Doesn’t the Florida statues state that there has to be proof or evidence of abuse or neglect before being removed by DCF? Initially the state was trying to terminate my parental rights,  then dropped it. They have failed to give me a case plan or ant tasks to do to get my son back until July 2014.  Tyler has been in the states care for 17 months for no reason! My parental rights as well as my constitunal rights have been violated,  therefore I demand justice be done in this matter. Dcf cannot take away peoples children for no reason, this is a child we are talking about here, its not like they are repossessing a car. I will continue to contact every senator, the governer, local news, talk shows, the president, etc until justice is served. Theres alot more to this case, I feel like I have a very strong case here to sue dcf. Please let me know what you think. Please help me and my son! Thank you

    • admin says:

      Dear Anna,
      This is unfortunately what we see and hear about very often. DCF has the power to destroy families with no accountability for their actions. The question is what is your lawyer doing for you? If you do not have an advocate DCF will run over the top of you.

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

  6. Patricia Hogan says:

    My son being falsely accused and he has a public defender but evidence has been left out

  7. veronica says:

    Saw some of the things written here,I was charged with a horrible crime I never did,by some bad advice from my attorney an a bias an pres judge I took a plea an still stand on my innocence.I have proof of innocence but don’t know where to turn.it was in calif.I’m stiil holding on to hope,but sometimes its hard.where’s is MY justice an my rights.:(

    • admin says:

      Dear Veronica,
      If you can prove your innocence then you will need to find a lawyer who knows how to file “actual innocence” paperwork to get the ball rolling again. Try the Innocence Project!

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

  8. Teresa Walsh says:

    My boyfriend needs help he is in prison right now because his public defender told him he had a very good case. He had three witnesses that were right there the whole time this seven year old little girl sat on his knee, he even sat pushed out and turned out away from the table. When her dad got there to get her he was talking to her about school then got up and left the room while she was talking to him about having a bad day. She was upset when he walked off. He came back in the room and said come on lets go,and she was more upset with him, she turned around and looked at Larry and said I want to go home and get all of my toys and come back here and live here with all of you. My daughter that was her because she use to work at the bar where they, yes he and the little girl till late at night almost every night. It wasn’t but two or three minutes before they called and he said that she told him that my boyfriend sorry Larry Stanfill, she just said Larry. yea before they left she went to Larry kissed him on the cheek and told him that she loved him then gave him a hug, then she did the same thing to me and my daughter.Then she dropped her head and walked out the door with her dad .we all said bye to him. It wasn’t but two or three minutes before my daughters phone rang and her dad was telling her that she said Larry hair touched her. Meg turned her phone on loud speaker and asked him to say it again he said her story had already changed twice,so he didn’t really believe her. He said here you talk to her and put Angel on the phone. She said that he unzipped her pants with one hand and put it down her pants and her words “you know did his hand up and down like shaking someone’s hand”. Larry is a very awkward person he cannot undo a bra with two hands while looking at it. But there were two of is across the table from him and Meg was at the end of the table the three of them were playing DnD, and I was watching them and deleting junk from my email at first then I was watching Angel do math problems on the dry erase board she had gotten down for about 30 minutes or more then got on the knee by the table but Larry always kept his hand on the table and the other one was draped over the back of the chair the only time he touched her was when she scooted up further on his leg and he one hand on each side of her on her lower ribs and lifted her up and placed her back down on his knee.His Lawyer told him to begin with that he did not want to take the case. He told him that he had a very good case but the prosecution had something they could use against him and there was a chance he could loose and if he did he would get life but they are offering him a deal of 7 years and he has to register as a sex offered for the rest of his life. He was scared of getting life so his mom told him a few years was better than life but he didn’t realize he got life either way because he.has to register for something he did not do .and there was no evidence except where she was sitting on his knee or on the floor or carpet I had just given Larry a manicure and pedicure the afternoon before this happened while he sat at the end of the table playing on the computer ….. when he was still married he has been divorced about a year now, when his wife got pregnant her ex-mother-in-law decided she wanted her granddaughter for herself. So she was about a year old and could barely talk the g-maw went to children’s services and told them her g-child said her that he touched her. The next day they came and got her and took her and did tests on her and questioned them alot. They did not let her go back to her g-mad again until the baby was born and was a couple of months old and she begged and said she would not do it again but now she was a year and a half old. Her mother let her stay for two weeks. When she came home it wasn’t but couple of days before the. Police and children’s services showed up As soon as she dropped her off she went to the office and told them that she told her that he put his pennis inside her so they did another rape kit and again the child had not been touched.but they kept him in jail to go on trial because she must have taught her to say exactly that. Well that lawyer told him basically the same thing, that if he went to trial and lost he would go to prison for life. So he worked out a deal 5 years probation, so much work hours and so much money, and not have to register. And of course this violated his probation. But it is also a no evidence chart that he should not have gotten in the first place. I feel like both of these lawyers should have done their jobs and defended Larry instead of copping out and selling him out twice for something he did not do. He never even changed diapers of either child or give baths or anything of that sort his ex-wife told me that he had to fight with his best friends girlfriend and her few friends that were always there just to give his son a bottle or hold him when he was home from work. I’m sorry it’s so long but I know that he was manipulated into taking a plea which is all but making him say he is guilty but he was scared of life in prison and they should not scare you into going to prison when you are inocent with no evidence against you IT IS JUST WRONG. And there are to many innocent people in prison because of to many lawyers and public defenders who just don’t care. Please help Larry S. Thank you I love him with all my heart and soul even if you cannot help him and he has to spend the full 5 years for VOP and 7 years for sexual molestation (child 7 years old). He was arrested on January 27,2014. And he went to prison on August 27,2014. He. Still has not been sent to the main prison he will be staying at. In the final deposition’s we all did Angel changed her testimony 4 times during it. And just so you know she and her dad picked 2 different men out of the 6 photos they were shown the day after this was supposed to have happened and neither was of Larry. Mark G. was his public defender but Mr. W. is higher up in the office and I had to go to him to find out anything because Mr. G. would not respond to Larry’s mail, messages,or even my messages to call him he saw Larry 3 times and sent him his paperwork 1 time but would not call back or come discuss the paperwork and he sent him a letter telling him he wanted to appeal but he denied getting it. Larry put att Mr. G. and Mr. W. so if one didn’t get it the other one would and give it to him. Mr.W. would have mad sure he got it and started the appeal..

  9. Trysha says:

    I was mowing my yard, which was supposed to be my landlords responsibility, however when it grew to about a foot and a half tall it became dangerous for my nine and five yr olds to play in. I had to borrow my friends riding mower a person in which my fiance dislikes. They argued, and the neighbors called the police, I had drank around four beers in several hours while mowing. Five police officers showed up, I told them they were trespassing, and made some other remarks without swearing at them or putting them down. One officer told me that he would make up whatever he wanted to see that I was arrested that day. My fiance heard that statement. I was then told that I probably had drugs in my house which made me angry and I said no I don’t go look. well My nine year old is special needs and has tantrums to the point that he can tear a room apart when he gets frustrated or angry. I did not have any blood relatives here only my fiance whom my boys know and love. I had given verbal consent as he had not drank. I did not feel that I had done anything wrong because I was trying to make our yard safe for my kids. Well they are charging me with endangering the welfare of a child. I had not put them in a car and drove, I had not beat them, nor starved them. one of the complaints DHR had was a lack of food, well one week earlier i got 459 dollars in food stamps, and while i did not buy junk food I had a refrigerator full of fruits and vegetables. And of course the necessities. It took me several hours to mow the yard I had to go over it twice. anyway They took my kids and put them in foster care. I have done everything they have asked I did nothing illegal I had a few beers at home it was 93 degrees that day and my boys had on only shorts no shoes and no shirts….now they have suspended visitation with my oldest boy because of his tantrums, he can destroy rooms when angry. he does not have the comprehension of a normal nine year old and only knows that he wants to come home but they will not let him. I am still able to see my five year old, but I know that is going to hurt my oldest boy and not remedy the situation. I have never abused my children nor have i starved them. I was told i had neglected them that day. They were dirty from playing outside all day long. I had not bathed them that afternoon as they were still playing. My attorney is not being helpful and is saying that I am the reason I do not have my kids. yes I was mouthy with the cops and my sons room was a mess and it was so hot that they would not like to keep their clothes on other than shorts. my last court date october 2nd the judge stated she wants to see that the vacation is increased, instead dhr changed the day and suspended the visit with my oldest boy who is only throwing fits because he wants his momma. My attorney is not being helpful she was court appointed.. Thank you for your time. I am so heartbroken over all of this. I need some advice. again I thank you for allowing me to tell my story and there is a bit more to it I have completed all the requirements thus far…..

    • admin says:

      Dear Trysha,
      Yours is just another sad story. Thank you for telling it. As far as the public defender, you can try to talk to his/her superior but if it is family court, the rule change without any judicial hearing and the defense lawyers hear about it after implementation. Your lawyer can call here and we can see if we have any recommendations.

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

    • thoughtful 1 says:

      Who invites the police into their house? That’s the most unsmart move I think I’ve read…maybe it was the beer.

  10. Leonora Arnold says:

    8 months ago my oldest daughter gave birth to a baby boy,they both where clean but the babys first bowel movement tested positive for crystal meth.My youngest daughter stepped up to the plate and took responsability of all four of my daughters children.Of course cps was involved they said”that my oldest needed to give full custody to my youngest.THey filled all the paper work and custody was giving to my youngest.Three months later.My daughters had an argument.my oldest took the three youngest children and left the home.Then without cps being aware went to the courts and cancelled the guardionship.NOw that i told u all that this is my problem My oldest was fighting with her fiance,i guest he threaten her becouse she called the police,the police came she must of got scared and ran out the back.she had been fixing this trailor she was in with the children.The police went in saw the condition of the trailer and called cps becouse of the 3 children.Cps realized that she was not suppose to have these children,plus the condition of the trailor made it worse.Cps showed up at my youngest,she explained the problem she had with her sister and told them i have not seen the children sense april when she took them i called the police but they refused to get involved they said go to family court she told them but i have legal custudy the police refused to get involved.All this time and for the past two years my youngest has had my oldest grandson living with her.cps then told her well filled for custody of the children when we find them we will bring them back to u.The next morning they called and said we need u to go to this school and pick up your oldest niece her mom took her to school.So my daughter and her fiance went to get her she seemed fine.The next morning when i awoke the front door was unlocked but evrybody was sleep,i woke my daughter i was concerned because we have a two year old in the home.my granddaughter had ran away the police picked her up. YOU have to understand my granddaughter loves to lie like her mother but i still love her.well this is my problem because of the lies she told the police and cps they took my oldest grandson tuesday evening of the same day.hes been with us for two years he does not even live with his mother. HE rather lived with his aunt then with his mother. what can we do please help thank you

    • admin says:

      Dear Leonara,
      What a mess. Do you have any lawyers involved? Call the office and maybe we can give you some suggestions. Has there been any evaluations of any of the kids yet?

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

  11. Jermaine says:

    No justice in compromised military court martial:

    I’m a veteran with an amazing military record. I was convicted for crime’s I did not commit. Within, my career I haven’t received any type of UCMJ actions, letter of reprimand, nor disciple action.  My court martial was nothing like BG Sinclair. In fact, there was not one piece of evidence or an eyewitness that said I seen the accused (me) commit any crime. Every incident against the accused (me) occurred in a public working environment. This environment was a confined dining facility in which there are 50-60 soldiers  present with an addition of 10-20 civilian workers. Evidence that proved my innocence, perjury, inconsistencies, and untruthfulness in character was not allowed into my court martial. Specifically the testimonies made under oath at an article 32 hearing by the victims, victims signed sworn statement conducted by a CID agent, and initial reporting  statements given by the victims to a sexual assault and harassment prevention facilitator. There was a 2012 case in which two alleged victims reported. An investigation was conducted in 2012 was unfounded. This same unfounded investigation was included into my court martial. When requested through the government for the findings of the 2012 case. The government submitted documents of the case but suspiciously sworn statement given by alleged victims in 2012 was not included and said those sworn statements couldn’t be found. Documents that proved my innocence wasn’t allowed in my court martial. How is that justice? Documents that proved victims committed perjury on the stand not allowed. His is that fair? Audio of victims under oath not allowed? Where is the integrity of our military justice system? In a digital generation 2012 documents that proved different allegations lost. How is that possible it had to emailed to an approving authority and filed? Please help, tell my story. Please inquire on this matter. I need justice  served in a fair and impartial way. Thanks for reading please assist I’m innocent.

    • admin says:

      Dear Jermaine,
      Call our office 419-865-0513. With the differences between civilian court and UCMJ I will discuss anything here.

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

  12. Kimberly Beasley says:

    It is with great pain that I have to write this email. This past March my little sister received a phone call from one of her friends back in our hometown of Kansas City, MO stating that her ptsd was very severe after serving 2 tours in Iraq and that she felt like she wanted to hurt her son and could not care for him any longer. My little sister who is 29, single, with no kids, ran into my room (she had recently moved in with me here in South Carolina for a new start) frantically and said I have to save my God Son. I agreed to him coming. My sister went as far as paying for Marlon a plane ticket to get him here as fast as possible. The moment MJ as we call him arrived my sisters heart lit up. Marlon was a very polite and imaginative child. After arriving we noticed that his clothes that were sent were too small, he needed a hair cut, new shoes, and what we suspected as severe exzema per his mom had an outbreak. We immediately brought him a new bed, toys, clothes, got a hair cut, and exzema cream. My sister even tried to put him on her insurance at work to no avail, because she did not have temporary nor full custody. So we spoke with his mom regarding temporary custody so that we could get him the health care he needed and enroll him in school. My sister was able to take him to the physician to get his shots (which he had not had since he was 2 years old and he was now 5 years old) at the free health clinic in which (there was no abuse found) so that he could be enrolled in daycare. Soon after enrolling him in daycare we noticed that MJ was great around adults, but was unable to socialize with kids, often hitting them severely, and even falling out in the floor and hitting himself. We put him in swimming (again no abuse allegations) and basketball at he YMCA and he thrived, but only because we “adults” were watching.

    Again my sister tried to get him some help, but with no insurance for him there was no place to turn to. The temporary custody hearing was signed by a judge here in Lexington County, SC and Marlon was able to enroll into school where again his social issues with kids came out. From the beginning of daycare in April to mid-August he had over 10 writes ups. When kindergarten started from August to Oct. 13th he had 21 write ups and 8 in school suspensions. My sister was very active in getting him medicaid and calling to have him seen for a full work up for him being prone to accidents and bruises and for his exzema and to be seen by a phychiatrist, but the waiting list was months long. She tried calling VA to see if he could be seen since both his parents had been in the military, but was told it was only for the “soldiers”. She tried EVERYTHING including behavior modification and occasionally spanking. When spanking did not work, she went to more behavior modification. She also was vigiliant in communicating with MJ’s teacher about what we were doing at home such as having him reach a goal “Red Lobster, toy, beach outing” at the end of the week if he did well at school so the teachers could all be on the same page also.

    On Monday October 13th, MJ got in trouble at before and after school care for hitting a little girl in the face . My sister told him she was disappointed and that he would not be able to go to the beach with us that weekend when my little brother, sister in law, and nephew came in town. MJ was quite upset. On Tuesday around 11am. My sister got a call from dfs stating she needed to meet them at the house. She got to the house and they told her that MJ had spilled syrup on his clothes that morning and a male gym teacher had taken him to the bathroom BY HIMSELF and CHANGED HIS CLOTHES, (he is 5 and can change his own clothes) and noticed marks on his body and called dfs who in return called the sheriffs department. They said they spoke to MJ who said “God Mommy Candice beat him everyday after school with a rope, and even went as far as to say that I beat him, my sister beat him, his mom beat him, and his dad (who my sister explained to no avail has been in prison since Marlon was 8 months old and just recently got out and started back up phone communication)”. The sheriffs’ department took a statement from her, called her a liar, and took a jump rope out of the house as “evidence”. The next day around 5pm, after they said was an “extensive” investigation where they took MJ to a top physician who “specializes” in child abuse to confirm abuse my sister was hauled off to jail. I was told her bond hearing would be the next day and she was being charged with 4 felony counts of child abuse because MJ said the abuse happened at home and at school.

    The next day I went to her bond hearing where the same sheriffs deputy that came to the house and told me “we take child abuse seriously like the guy who killed his 5 kids….did I mention he was under dfs investigation at the time and they determined he was “a loving fit father”.) The judge listened to the deputy, did not look at any pics or anything, listened to my sister’s lawyer that we had to get at the last minute who explained she was not a flight risk, had taken on a child with no financial assistance from the parents, how she was about to start a new job with better benefits and pay so she could better care for Marlon, and how she has NO criminal history or record. The judge quickly looked at my sister and said NO BOND.

    Later on that afternoon the “interim” sheriff for Lexington County (the real sheriff has been indicted and is on leave for bribery charges) called in all the media outlets and gave them a story about how my sister was this evil person who had severely beaten a child on a daily basis with a jump rope from the dates of “Aug. 18th-Oct. 13th”…the story also included her mugshot. The dates were interesting because MJ has gone to the doctor for a respiratory illness where his shirt was removed so the doctor could check his heart and has also gone to the nurse at school during that time for throwing a tantrum and knocking himself into a chair in the process where his shirt was also removed and ice applied to his stomach…both did not report ANY abuse.

    We later found out that the so called “expert physician of child abuse” was actually an urgent care doctor at the county urgent care. He did a “physical” exam supposedly, but no blood work up to detect for diseases, blood disorders, congenital skin diseases or defects or anything else. The investigators also did not look at his past medical records, interview any other witnesses such as teachers, my other sister, did not get in touch with the parents who would have told them MJ has accused others falsely of abuse before such as a past daycare, nor did they look at any of MJs prior behavioral patterns which includes lying and manipulation to gain attention. All they wanted was an escape goat to make up for the past mistakes that SC DFS and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has made. The investigator even went as far as to tell me that she will NEVER get to see MJ again and they already have a family that wants to adopt him. This was one day after the supposed investigation started.

    Please read this and give us any assistance that you can. My sister is a loving, caring, person who took in a child when no one else was willing and now she is in jail for something she did not do because of it.

    • admin says:

      Dear Kimberly,
      Call me so we can discuss your sister’s situation. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  13. Lisa Ross says:

    My kids an I stop to dollar wise with my neighbor. While walking in the store talking to my neighbor the ower of the store approach me an ask what I put in my pocket. I pull out my cell phone an money. He replied O the girl that work here said you was stealing putting stuff in ur pocket. I stated I don’t steal I don’t even have a criminal recorded . I’m not the one , the store was full of costumers. I was shame embarrass while talking to the young lady the ower push me saying go go! They have camera in the store an they falsely accuse me for stealing. I call the police an they say they could not write a report on them for fasely accusing me for stealing. What is the right step to Handel this matter?

    • admin says:

      Dear Lisa,
      You should talk to a lawyer. Call the office and I will be able to give you a referral.

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

  14. Hopelessly Frustrated says:

    My uncle has been accused of two counts aggravated sexual assault on child. His bail was at 60,000 reduced to 40,000. Our family still did not have the money for his bail. He has been in jail for seven months. There is no DNA, “normal” findings on physical exam, only statement! The child’s history has two prior false accusations, multiple admissions to psychiatric hospitals where physician state child is in “fantasy world”, police report “communicating threats”, state my uncle’s incident did not happen then changed to did happen, then recants again that it was a lie. My family cannot afford a criminal defense attorney so my uncle has a court-appointed. I have aggressively worked to gather (what I am legally able) to defend my uncle, but I feel that’s not enough. I am unable to retrieve statements by the two priors, physician statement (“fantasy world”), police report, etc. Basically, the attorney has told me that it is the “burden of the state” to prove my uncle guilty, but I have researched similar cases to unfortunately find many are convicted only on hearsay alone!! I am pleading for any legal help for a rock-solid defense. Please help me help my uncle!!!!

    • admin says:

      Dear Hopelessly,
      WITH LITTLE MONEY DON’T BAIL YOUR UNCLE OUT. Use that money to help the PD help your Uncle. Call our office and I will give you some suggestions. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  15. Jenn says:

    Someone who I am close to was recently accused of sexual abuse 2nd degree. Which at one point was said was a miademeanor. Well here’s the thing he has kids of his own and his lawyer is telling him to take a plea of guilty when he didn’t do it. There was no supporting evidence just what the alleged victim said happened 4 years ago. The victim in question is always in trouble and yet our law system just wants him to plead it out. We cannot find decent legal representation due tot the fact of fixed incomes. He’s afraid he’s going to lose everything including the right to see his children. It’s not fair by any means in my eyes. How do people get away with lying and then to top it off the alleged’s mother is a drug buddy of our judge? Please help if you can court is coming soon!

    • admin says:

      Dear Jenn,
      Call the office to discuss the situation. Our number is 419-865-0513. There are too many questions that must be answered before direction might be given.

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

  16. Ang says:

    My 13 year old son is being accused of sexually assaulting a 4 year old. It started out with the mom telling my husband our son had exposed himself to their daughter and then asked her to show him what she had. The mother said she understood kids were curious as they had already had an incident where a cousin had done this with their kids.
    The only thing they have is the word of the child who apparently three weeks after the alleged incident knew a lot more details than her mother ever mentioned. At the counselor’s office their daughter said my son laid her down on the carpet and basically had sex with her. The sherriff’s office said that since the girl had recalled details like the color of the carpet in the bathroom (her own bathroom) that they were impressed with all the details the girl gave and know my son did this. I asked why she would not have mentioned touching before as I would think her mom would ask. I asked if she could have been coached and they said no, she is just a smart girl. The detective then said that she has been calling my neighbors to ask them about their kids interactions with my son. She has told my neighbors that my son is being investigated for allegedly raping a four year old girl. The neighbors are now talking and have said that my son is being charged with rape. I am afraid for my son and I do not understand why they are able to tell my neighbors before anything has been made official.

    • admin says:

      Dear Ang,
      Please take the allegation very seriously and get your son a lawyer. The police can “investigate” and tell anyone anything they want too! I believe we have already spoken. If I am mistaken call us at 419-865-0513.

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

  17. Joey says:

    Hi, my name is joey. I need help with a situation. I have a step daughter who is accusing me of a sexual act I did not commit. They are giving her the option to charge me or not just by her story. She is mentally ill diagnosed with adhd aspergers maniac depression amd bi polar. We always had a great relationship until these last few years. She has been rebelling against her mother and I and tried to commit suicide recently. I put her in the hospital to get her help and she repays me by a false accusation and made up a crazy story of when it happened and all. Now she comes out of hospital and acts like she did nothing and telling me how much she loves me and misses me. Wtf do I do? I have so much hate towards her for this and now am afraid to be around her. Please give me an idea. Can’t really afford a good lawyer so I need help. Thanx

    • admin says:

      Dear Joey,
      You have every right to be afraid to be around your step-daughter. She has learned the power of a false claim. However, it might not have been intentional. We hear often about kids who try to hurt themselves and are hospitalized and then an allegation comes out. Our experience is that many times the “therapists” believes a kid would only hurt themselves if they have been abused. Sometimes with the medications and intense pressure to “tell about your abuse” the kid gives in. On the other hand, there are times when teenagers just get mad, make the allegation while not understanding the consequences of the words. Either way, you are right to be concerned. If the police come, go quietly and be firm if you want a lawyer when your rights are read to you. You can call us for an attorney referral in your area but we have no control over how much they charge. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  18. pamela berger says:

    Here’s our story in a nutshell: Our son was a high school coach who was falsely accused of having sexual contact with one of his players when she was 16. Although he was friendly with her and other teammates, he, the other coaches, and school officials said there was never an inappropriate relationship. The DA only needed to prove that inappropriate sexual contact COULD have happened over a period of one year, not that it DID happen. The story received an overwhelming amount of negative press throughout a nine-month period from the local newspaper, which resembles a sensational tabloid paper without scruples or journalistic ethics. This of course raised our son’s exposure.

    Due to charge stacking the original three charges were increased to 11. In a settlement hearing the family wanted the maximum years for the total 11 charges, the same threat that he was facing if he had the audacity to go to trial. They DA and the family wouldn’t agree to probation. In the agreed upon plea deal the DA removed the increased charge stacking charges and our son reluctantly agreed to 2-4 yrs. with no probation. He was hoping for good time but it appears the judge did not allow that. The judge sentenced him to 38 months followed by 5 years post-supervision. As we had heard from the beginning of this case, it’s been confirmed by our trusty newspaper that the family is planning to sue the school district for not providing a safe environment for their daughter. Our son was an everyday law abiding contributing member of our community who is passionate about sports and the sports program. Now he is incarcerated living in inhumane conditions for something that he did not do. The world is not a safer place because he is incarcerated. Because he pled guilty there is no option for an appeal. By pleading guilty the family now can go after those with the deep pockets. The system did not allow for his side of the story to be considered. It was her word only. These situations teach teenagers that there are no consequences for saying anything they choose to. That’s a lot of power to give to a teen.

    We’d like to become connected with a support group in Oregon for those falsely accused of sex crimes. Although we have an Oregon chapter for the Innocence Project, they only work with cases related to murder. We are interested in learning how to swing the pendulum back towards the middle to return some of the power back to the defense and the judge. The DA holds all the cards. They can and will do anything to win. It’s all about power and politics for them. Sadly the current system is not about truthfulness or justice. Although it is too late for our son, we as lay people would like to help others to avoid forced plea deals and wrong convictions in the future. Please let us know of any support groups in Oregon for the falsely accused/wrongly convicted and any suggestions for changing laws.

    P.S. we were quite impressed with your report “Guilty Until Proven Innocent: A Manual for Surviving False Allegations of Child Abuse” which we read after our son was incarcerated. Thanks you for all of the good work that you do. Instead of becoming bitter we want to put our energy towards helping others in the future. Any suggestions of how to do that would be much appreciated. Our son too wants to support others and work for change when he is released. That is the kind of good person he is.

    • admin says:

      Dear Pamela,
      Your story is sad and just not uncommon at all. Thank you for the kind words regarding our manual. It was written a long time ago with only one revision! As far as a support group, we would have to talk about your ideas.

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

  19. Tracy says:

    My name is Tracy and I live in roane Cty. My husband and I have been steam rolled by the court. Our rights have been terminated. We have four kids who were all healthy happy children. My youngest son has CP and is Legally deaf and blind, We had birth to three in the house every week, Ski Hi. We worked with him from day one. We love our children to death. Until one day my daughter started Band Camp as a Freshman and fell in love with a Senior. We didn’t approve of that. She then made a claim for which my husband touched her boobs and butt. My husband was never arrested or found guilty of this.They took my daughter out of the home. Ten months later the CPS worker told us it is over.. We can keep the kids. My mother got wind of it and put a DVP on us. The same day of the Guardianship hearing. The Judge allowed us no Attorney and put three cases into one. We lost the case of course. The next day the took our other three kids. My oldest son just recently tried to commit suicide. I need help. We want our children back and we want CPS exposed for what they have done, Please help us.

    • admin says:

      Dear Tracy,
      Call our office and we can try to put you in the right direction. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  20. Ieasha says:

    My boyfriend was falsely accused of assault by his exgirlfriend. They had a bad break up and she wanted to get even. There is no evidence or witness but he’s still in jail for it. What can we do about it?

    • admin says:

      Leasha,
      You need to be sure to have a good lawyer. Also, give the lawyer the names and addresses of anyone who might be able to give information on how angry she was. Maybe there is a mutual friend who heard her say she was going to tell the lie.

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

  21. casey says:

    I need help.
    In 2011 I was accused of molesting girlfriends little sister after I wouldn’t take her back. I sent a year in county with a attorney that wouldn’t speak to me or my family unless we were in the court room. I wrote letters to everyone I could think of requesting polygraphs, rape test, DNA test, etc and never got a response from anyone including my attorney. I filed a motion to reduce bond after being in for about 7-8 months and since I didn’t get a response I took a copy with me to court and handed it to my lawyer and asked that he file it. He then cussed and yelled at me in the middle of the court room while nobody (including the judge) said anything. I tried to fire him but again was ignored by anyone I wrote. The first time he came to the jail to see me was with a offer of 5 years deferred probation and when I told him no I wanted to go to trial he started cussing and yelling again in the middle of the jail calling me an idiot that he didn’t want to go to trial. I was pressured into taking the probation but when I asked about registration he told me it would only be for a couple of years after I finished probation and everything would be wiped from my record and it would be like nothing ever happened. Someone please help me! I’ve lost everything because of this including my military career.

    • admin says:

      Dear Casey,
      No matter how many questions I might have about your case, the fact is you agreed to a deal. Whether you knew or were told about all of the consequences is a difficult issue. Not being a lawyer, I can say that I am unaware of any state where you only have to register for a couple of years. 10 years is the least that I can think of off the top of my head. Nonetheless, call the office and we will try to give you the name of a lawyer who might be able to see if you have any remedies. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  22. Deborah says:

    When I was getting a divorce from my ex, I made a comment to my (ex) sister-in-law that I sometimes regretted bringing children into the world. I gave my ex custody, but years later he lost custody to the state due to drug use. My ex sister-in-law came forward to take custody and it was very convenient for her to twist that comment I made into a lie that I told her “God is telling me to kill my children.” So this woman, who could not have children of her own, got custody and a $500 a month child support award besides! Because I had given my ex custody, it is in my divorce decree that I was not required to pay child support. Now I owe $80,000 to my false accuser. I am outraged! I gained nothing from this marriage and lost everything, and am in plenty of debt.

    • admin says:

      Dear Deborah,
      I would check with a lawyer about the child support obligation and also see if there is a way to file for a reduction of the support amount due to a hardship.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
      419-865-0513

  23. Gayle says:

    I need help And I don’t know what all options I have. My family doesn’t have money for an attorney and my adopted sister has accused my dad of molesting her. She’s told multiple lies since making these accusations and the CPS case worker had also told multiple lies saying my dad has said things he hasn’t and saying my mom has said things she hasn’t. CPS took my adopted sister from my mom and have her in a teen center because of the lies the case worker is telling. The case worker is mad that my mom doesn’t believe it happened. My dad didn’t do this there’s been so many lies told and I don’t know what to do to help my dad but I can’t sit back and not fight for him. Please help!

    • admin says:

      Dear Gayle,
      Has your father actually been charged with a crime? He really needs to seek the advice of a lawyer and I suggest he do that BEFORE he talks to any law enforcement or CPS since the allegation is directly pointing at him. He might also get a call from your sister that is probably being recorded in an effort to get him to incriminate himself. He should seek the advice of a lawyer to address these situations.

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

      Kim Hart

  24. Jimmy says:

    In 2007 I was at a party. There were about 15 people there, one was a 15 year old girl. I was 20 and everyone else there was at least 17 years old. First off, I didn’t know the 15 year old girl, and I definitely didn’t know she was that young. She was actually dating one of the guys that was at the party. I was outside talking to some friends and she came outside, for some reason she gave me a hug, grabbed my penis and tried to kiss me. I had to push her off of me. I don’t remember seeing her 30 minutes or so after that happened. Someone said she was in the back room with the guy she dated. At the time I didn’t think anything about it. Apparently a couple of days later the girl was still at the house. The person renting the house had to call her parents to come get her because she wouldn’t leave (at least that’s what a few people told me). Once the girls mom arrived to pick her up, the person renting the house was upset about the girl being there for 3-4 days straight and told the girls mom that she had been sleeping with numerous guys over the weekend. The cops were called and somehow my name was thrown in the mix. I had a detective show up at my house and asked me to come down to the police station (I had no idea why). I went to the police station and was asked numerous of questions. I thought I was a witness of something (only reason I didn’t get a lawer to begin with). He started asking questions about this girl, I cooperated becausebI knew I had done nothing wrong. EvenEventually I realized where he was going with all the questions. I had told him that the girl tried to kiss me and feel up on me but that was it. Well I guess that was enough for me to be arrested. I posted bail and got a lawer. I’m in the military and was going to be deployed to Iraq within the next 5 months. After a couple of court dates my lawer was certain that the case was going to be dropped. My last court date before I deployed the judge wrote off allowing me to deploy and I was told that the case would be dropped during the next court date and that I didn’t need to be there. I thought that was it. Well, while serving overseas one of my friends emailed me telling me that I was on the County’s most wanted list. I emailed my lawyers office and he told me that apparently there was another court date but he was never made aware of it. He said that he had spoke with the District Attorney and that they said they wouldn’t come after me and to just turn myself in once I came back from Iraq. As soon as I returned from my deployment I did so. The next court date I found out that I was still being charged for rape as well as sodemy. I was still certain that everything would get dropped because there was no evidence that I did anything, except for this girl’s word. My next court date my lawyer takes me to another room to go over my options. He said they had a plea bargain and that I could plead guilty, get youthful offender and do a few years of probation. He said it wouldn’t show on my record and that I wouldn’t be a “sexual offender” but that I would be a juvenile sexual offender but all of the other rules wouldn’t apply to me such as having to register and not being able to live close to a school etc….or I could plead not guilty and have a chance of being convicted and having to spend 3 years in prison and have to register as a sex offender for the rest of my life. One of the biggest mistakes of my life was taking that plea. I was young and extremely scared and put on the spot. I thought my lawyer was there to fight for me but he didn’t do that at all. I’m still in the military because I haven’t told them about it. I know that once I have to renew my security clearance the rape charge is going to show up and I’ll get discharged. I think about how I should have done things differently just about everyday, from not getting a lawyer from the start to taking the plea. I mean, I felt like I was going to be found guilty or else the case would have been dropped already. Besides this, I’ve never been in any trouble with the law outside from a traffic ticket. I’m sure it’s way too late, but is there anyway to fix this? I never slept with the girl, and their was no evidence saying that I did. No one at the party said I did. I was scared into taking the plea and if I had to do it all over again I would have never settled. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  25. Cody says:

    Please help me Dhr has run me to want to die n nobody believes what ur saying cause Dhr don’t lie

    • admin says:

      Dear Cody,

      You do not have enough in your post for me to offer a response. Call the office and we can talk about what is going on.

      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
      419-865-0513

  26. Sandra says:

    I could use some REAL legal advice regarding a DCF false claim of abuse that resulted in judge to label my daughter “in need of care”. We fought the accusations that DCF filed claimed that someone (the father or myself) abused our daughter. Because due to the time they finally saw the 3 day old bruise it looked like a finger print the DCF worker stated. The worker called in not just one officer but two (the second was a sergeant as well as in the military so if my fiancee refused to give up our daughter he could be ordered due to military rank and it was to intimidate us) officers. The sergeant made it seem like we had a choice but then the DCF stated in the room “no they do not they have to give up their child they have to walk away and leave the child here so that we can take her”. Note that she did not have a court order or warrant in the paperwork it claims after she forced us to leave as we didn’t know about warrant or court order did not appear till after. My mother was the only other person there with us she is fully hearing impaired and i am partially. The worker has discriminated me right after court infront of a sheriff deputy at the front of the court house in the middle of the court hall way however, nothing was done. In every form there is mentioning of my hearing making it seem i’m incapable of being a parent, the hospital made false stories since the birth of my daughter, they used my mothers past and we were lied to in order to keep us at the hospital over night after WE pointed the bruise out and explain how it happened once she walked in. She sent us for blood work which lead to over night stay in which hospital lied to keep us there. Skipping ahead to court we fought the claims finally received our court appointed lawyers. When fighting the claims we gave them proof that the worker was making false stories including in the papers we were sent my own mothers past was put on me as well which i know is illegal. Despite we are handing and explaining all this stuff of proof of the workers claim is false and she dislikes disabled women our attorneys were not using what we gave them. They kept claiming that they were trying to find a specialist to go over the medical to come in and say that it was accidental not abuse. But later lawyers informed us they could not find anyone well qualified and willing to do it free of cost from Pittsburg, KS to Kansas city, KS. Also during this time the DCF workers place my daughter in a emergency foster where she was never to go in the first place she was to go directly with an officer do paperwork then he was to call a family member i contacted at the hospital that agreed to take her. They never even contacted her but according to paperwork they send me they did when the family member waited for that call the whole time our daughter went missing and the DCF worker told us before we were forced to walk away from our child that we are not to know where our daughter was at and i called the worker when she never arrived to my family the worker never answered the number she gave me we were frantically trying to find our daughter. The foster women in her care our daughter was abused that it resulted in her leg being chipped. For some reason dcf decided to take her to a KC specialist (a decision out of no where) where they found out of a chip and was to go back a second time to decide if it was abuse or a birth defect. While law enforcement was at the hospital with us the officer and fiancee attended my daughter to an xray the same day they took her. Before she was to go back to see the specialist again DCF was calling it abuse during a meeting i had conflict with them pointing it back to them i only knew of the bruise on her leg from a toy but not the bone chip i was angry cause they hurt my child. Obviously i made a good point after that dcf erased all documents but they mentioned it in court which we mentioned it to the attorneys that it is on file said in court but our attorneys did nothing. So the lawyers told us after being unable to get a specialist that if we keep fighting without one we may lose her permanently so they forced us to decide to stop fighting so daughter got labeled “in need of care” and despite the abuse no one was accused, held accountable, and arrested. Judge said keep doing what we have been doing which is reintegration plan with KVC before she gave a ruling. The DCF worker said that “the reason for this is cause no 2 month old child is capable of kicking a toy ball” which the Caterpillar on the side of a honey comb ball caused the print i demanded from the judge the first court meeting despite it made her a bit mad for a blood disorder test to be conducted which it happened to explain easy bruising as she was an infant, her blood work always comes abnormal each first time, and i as her mother bruise easy. Its been almost 2 years now and the only reason that she is still in care then with us is cause of a anger management being uncompleted on the fathers side as we face major financials. The judge knows of this but yet even established a high amount for father and even higher amount from mother (me) in child support making it impossible. Plus other services they want is making us go into deeper debt. Our attorneys have not actually been putting any effort into closing our case in an outcome of child being returned home and now we face the fear of them removing our 2nd unborn child just because daughter is in system still over that one thing.

    • admin says:

      Dear Sandra,
      Sadly we hear these types of stories all the time. First and foremost, we are not lawyers and cannot give legal advise. I am aware of cases where parents in similar situations have given custody of their unborn child to a solid family member that goes into effect at the time of the birth of the child. You might want to consider that! Also, if you have family out of state, you might want to go visit and have the baby there. It would be very dangerous to try to hide the baby though. Custody arrangements need to be made. Your fears that DCF will take that baby are very real fears, I know of many cases where it has happened. Sadly, as far as you agreeing to “in need of care” status, we see families who cannot afford to fight have to do this often. It is a very difficult situation. You are now in a position of having to appease those in control. Regarding you being criticized regarding your hearing diabilities, you might get help through the disabilities act advocacy organizations. Try: 301.657.2248.
      Your lawyer can call us and we will be happy to try to make any further suggestions based on the facts and status of your case.

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

  27. Cate K says:

    I was a foster parent and DCS took the children out of the home without any notice, except a call they were on their way to pick them up and an investigator would call to discuss.

    5 weeks later, we finally get a call and schedule a meeting which will be 2 weeks later (the foster parent advocate will be there as well) so 7 weeks later, I will finally learn what I am being accused of. It was mentioned possible physical abuse, but nothing else.

    Prior to this, I had been trying to get DCS to assist with 1 of the children due to their physical and mental abuse they were doing to other children in their school and daycare as well as the ones in the home and against me along with physically hurting themselves (I made reports to the abuse hotline and was told to call the police). NOT ONE Word from them for 8 weeks. Then we finally have a CFTM meeting (after reaching out to the children’s GAL) where they agreed to evaluate the children and set up therapy and such for them and wanted to maintain the home placement. 2 weeks later, I got the call.

    What do I need to do? I have since advised them I no longer want to be a foster parent. I have had horrible horrible communication with them the whole time the children were in my home. They would not respond to anything when I needed help. Now they are after me for child abuse.

    • admin says:

      Dear Cate,
      You need to seek the advise of a lawyer. Unfortunately, the agencies turn on foster parents quite quickly and you will have no friends in the agency, no matter what they say! Be careful and talk to a lawyer.

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

  28. Portia Allen says:

    In March of 1986, I was accused of hitting my daughter and bruising her. She had a small bruise on each of side of her face. I noted it that morning by me before I went to school. My children were at the same school that i taught at. At that time I did not remember how she done it. She was 6 years old and subject to tantrums and would self inflict by biting and pinching when she was upset. I went on and took her to school. Teachers were very judgmental about things like that, but I thought that they needed to be in school. She was not feeling bad and did not have any complaints of pain in her face. We went to school. I do not remember any teacher confronting about the bruises. Days later my oldest daughter came to me and told me that numerous teachers had talked to her and that a socila worker was there to talk to the children. I had 3 children and all of them was subject to being repeatedly question about if I hit my youngest daughter. Finally my baby said that I did.
    I would not have known if my oldest daughter had not told me that a social worker was there. Finally when I did not have any more students. I came out to see what was going on. The third grade teacher was the one that was out in the hall. I confronted her and she told me that my daughter had stated that I hit her.
    Later I found out that two teachers and teacher’s aide had questioned her over and over again. She had denied it but finally she lied to get them off of her back. My son would not cooperate with them at all. My oldest daughter was harassed and both the girls were threatened.
    We as a family went through that intimidation from those at the school and DHS. There was one visit after a couple of calls. By the time they visited there was no bruising noted, but she noted my youngest with insect bites and was showed the cream that was used.
    After that incident the school system decided not to rehire me. I was notified in April that my contract would not be renewed. I was told told to leave and was able to fulfill my contact.
    I came from there and drew my unemployment. I was not able to find a full time teaching job. I went to substitute work and worked in it for two years.
    Later I needed full time work and went to work as a nurse’s aide which I had done before. Went back nursing school and received my LPN certificate in 1996. Went to work as an LPN in a nursing home. A job came up as a nurse at a school so I applied for it and was accepted. This was in 1999. This was when I found out that I was own the child maltreatment registry in Arkansas. I was shocked. Lost the job. Hired a lawyer in the end found out that I could not get a hearing because I had waited too late. It was a mess. The paper work from DHS was incomplete and there were a lot of erroneous statements on the paper work. As well as going to court and the judge asked for me to have a hearing, but was denied. At one point my lawyer told me that they had went into the registry and removed a lot of people.
    Years went by and they have a new program now called Subteach. I joined it,but before I went to it. I went on line and printed out a form to apply for paperwork sent them $10 and had it notarized. It was sent to them. I received this form back and on the back It had printed, “The Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry contains no record under the referenced name in a true report of child maltreatment.” I thought that I had it made. I proceeded with filling
    out my paperwork to Subteach with the money requested. It was the background check that drug the information out. I lost this job.
    If there is anyone out there that help me. I need help. I am a mother that raised my children and worked along with my husband to help provide for them. I do not want to go to my grave accused unjustly.

    • Portia Allen says:

      I need to correct something. After my contract was not renewed in April, I was told not leave. I did fulfill my contract.

    • admin says:

      Dear Portia,
      I am unaware of any way of getting off of the registry after this amount of time. You might want to try to communicate with the governmental agency that runs the registry and see if there is any way to appeal or be removed. Don’t get your hopes up. In your situation, you might want to contact legislators and tell them your story. Normally it falls on deaf ears but you can try. I wish we had other suggestions for you.

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

  29. richard says:

    I was charged with sexual battery on my 12 year old daughter.i did not do this it is a bogus charge.dhs took my other three children.there is no evidence because nothing occured.no evidence at all in any kind of way they still wont drop charges what can i do. The case is in perry county ms.

    • richard says:

      Dhs took my kids because they tried saying i lived in a house that we moved out of an was staying at my sisters till i got my other home ready which was less than a month away.when i finally got on the stand in my own defense 5months later i proved where i stayed an had witnesses to prove it with me the judge heard the truth an told us to do the service plans they gave us an me get thesebogus charges dropped an the kids ccomeback home.but why should why wife have to wait an do all these things when we proved they were in the wrong.im 100% this bogus charge is gonna be dropped its just waiting on them to do it. oh yeah i took a polygraph test.the utah version and passed with flying colors.why is it taking all of this to happen to get our kids back.and one more thing my kids are being abused by the fosterparents we have complained several times the and they still have not removed them from there what can we do .that is against the law my kids are in danger .i need a lawyer but all my money went on criminal defense.where can i get a lawyer for my children.

      • admin says:

        Dear Richard,
        You might want to try legal aid to see if they can help. Also there are law clinics at colleges where they teach law. There are also lawyers who might decide to take the case pro-bono. You just have to call them and plead your case.

        Kim Hart
        National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

    • admin says:

      Dear Richard,
      I hope you are seeking the advise of a lawyer. If not, you need to find one. In this country, there does not have be to evidence for you to be convicted. The defendant carries the burden of proof to explain why you are being falsely accused.

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

  30. Geraldine says:

    I am a Grandmother seeking custody of my Grandson, he was removed from his mothers care on May 2, 2014, he had just turned one. I filed my custody petition on April 23, 2014. We were in and out of court for 7 months, I finally had my custody hearing, the court decided to put it in with the permanency hearing. I was not legally represented. I waited for a letter from the court, it came on January 16, 2015. The custody petition was dismissed. I also received a lengthy letter from the Judge. I am accused of allowing my daughter to live with a known sex offender when she was 14 or 15. That is a lie, my daughter was in a lot of trouble when she was that age, she was placed in Foster Care for a week, put on PINS, and placed in a Military bootcamp facility, she did reside with me during the time she was suppose to live with this man. Yes I know this man, we were neighbors, he moved from the area,where we first met, I later moved to try and give my children a better place to live. While my daughter was on PINS we had to make regular visits to Probation, the instructors from the Boot Camp did weekly inspections of our home, I had to take her every morning at 5:30 AM to the facility, the instructors would wait for the teens at the front door, they saw who dropped these teens off. Parents had weekly parenting classes to go to also. My daughter did not reside with this man at this time. The very same Judge that is accusing me of allowing my daughter to do this is the one that court ordered her to attend the program and he placed her on PINS. I have no idea where he received this information, I was never turned in to CPS for this, I am pretty sure all these agencies that were involved are mandated to report any abuse or neglect, I am not getting the child, the Judge did say the child may be adopted out. His parents are very young and don’t want the responsibility. I also would like to add that I was investigated by the Police Dept and the Sheriffs Dept, I had 2 home inspections, CPS found absolutely nothing bad as far as I was concerned, no indicated reports, no arrest record.The childs Law Guardian wanted me to have him, my sons attorney wanted me to have him. Now I have to fight to prove all these allegations are false. I can not afford an attorney. I have very little time to file for an Appeal.Thank You.

    • admin says:

      Dear Geraldine,
      Like I advised in another post, try the law colleges to see if they have a law clinic that will help you. Also you can try legal aid and you can just call lawyers to see if anyone will just take the case. Don’t get your hopes up too high though. You might want to also see if there is any basis for having the judge removed and where he got his informaton from. Removing a judge is a very hard thing to do but not impossible.

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

  31. Sue says:

    This past week, my 16 year old daughter –who has a history of deception (The kind that has involved the police, dcs multiple times) Made accusations that well, broke my heart. I went into the court hearing only to be yelled out by the judge who was drilling me with questions. I answered all of them honestly. One however I could not give a yes or no because there wasn’t a yes or no answer. I had to remove my daughter from school, she said she’d kill herself if I made her continue to go. I tried other alternatives but she found ways around all of them. I cannot physically force her to do anything. If nothing else because my main goal is not to cause her any harm. She lies, constantly. Hurtful ones. Dangerous ones sometimes, but I still stood by her side. Trying to help her, trying to understand whatever pain was causing her to do this. She has never been abused, sexually or otherwise but she has always had a problem with lying. Now because of this I’m facing abuse charges, neglect charges. All I did was try to make her feel safe. In the end I told her no, about something she wanted and this is the result. My defense (court appointed) attorney is very nice but he is wanting me to plead, no contest. I read the paper work and if I understand it correctly, it’s admitting to guilt. Guilt of something I did not do. I was not a perfect mother but she never went without. And when everyone, friends-family-told me to give up on her I kept trying. I don’t think anyone can help me but I guess I just wanted to share. I will be found guilty, I know this in my heart and I will suffer the consequences of this but please, make the loopholes the DCS has of misinterpreting and out right falsifying facts harder to do. Because they have a free hand in it. I know deep down that she will do the same thing to someone else in the future and I will not be there to help. I will not slander my children, even if it would be the truth so I will accept what is about to happen. It seems like you have a lot of support and have helped a lot of people. This website gave me a glimmer of hope, not that some miracle will come along and save me but that maybe you guys will save someone else who is in a worse place. Thank you for that. God bless.

  32. sue says:

    I am responding for my uncle. He is incarcerated in Alabama right now on charges that we believe was made up. I was wondering if I could get someone to help us out.

    • admin says:

      Dear Sue,
      Give our office a call to discuss the situation regarding your uncle. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  33. tammy says:

    I am going through false charges right now dcf let people lie on me then they had me arreasted a whole year later with what aint even the same reason they took my kids for just so they can keep my kids for money they have made me look mental and incofident and I only have a learning disbility my attorney I have is court appointed cause I dont have money and she wont lisen to me she let them make me go to state hospital when I was in jail a whole year and then when I got out I have had to go to incofidecy classes and I go to court in febuary and if they lie on me and say am incofident still then they will drop the false charges they got away with or I could go to prision for something I did not do and nobody cares or wants to help me cause I dont have money my older daughter lied on me who was fifteen at the time who meant a thrighty year old man who got her preagnute and she didnt want him to get in trouble I did not know this until they lied on me dcf and the sherriffs department does not care they beleave them thier is no evedence cause it didnt happen I still have three more small children left thier ages are twelve nine and seven years old this happened in two thousand and seven and am still going through it dcf has ruion my life and I always went by the law now I have a record and could go to prision and lose my kids for something I didnt even do my older son who is twenty right now told them the truth but dcf wouldnt lisen the sister that lied on me which is my older daughter has help the next oldest daughter who is a year younger then my twenty year old son lie on my son to say she was preagnute and he hit her and he has a learing disbility too and they had a docktor lie on him saying hes incoffident to and are trying to get him on atempt of murder saying she was preagnute and lost it when I took her to the hospital and they said she wasnt I cant get anybody to help me or my son and we are both inocent its going on right here in lakeland fl which is polk county and nobody cares I cant get anybody to help get our stories out thier before its to late or a good attorney cause we have no money I cant beleave anybody can just lie and get away with it please if anybody can help us before its to late here my email adress xxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com and my phone number is 863xxxxxxx I do not normaly give my phone number or email out but please we need help before its to late we are inocent aand they has ruioned are lifes and nobody cares

    • admin says:

      Dear Tammy,
      You can call our office or suggest your lawyer give us a call. I am very familiar with Florida as I have done quite a bit of work there.
      Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  34. Vic says:

    Hi, I found this web site on a desperate search…

    This past October I got word from my employer that I may lose my job of 11 years. When I told my wife, who was a stay-at-home homemaker, she left me and took our two daughters across the country claiming she wanted to spend some time with her parents. A few weeks later, when I told her that indeed I had lost my job, she hung up the phone on me, never talked to me again and never came back. She did not allow me to talk to the girls (ages 5 and 11) and then, to my complete shock, a week later, she filed a restraining order in her new state alleging that I had “attacked” our 11 year old daughter at the mall!! A complete and total lie.

    Thank God I was able to get the video surveillance from the store, which unequivocally shows that “nothing” in her allegations actually happened. If you read her description and then you see the video, your jaw drops realizing how she lied. Being accused of something you didn’t do is the most awful feeling in the world. Especially if it relates to the children you so adore. (Thank God for video!)

    The restraining order was dismissed, but now she continues to claim “fear” of me and even though I filed for custody of the kids in our home state (it has not been 6 months since she left), her attorney is claiming that her new state has jurisdiction. The problem is that I don’t have money to hire a lawyer and I’m concerned that I will lose all contact with my children. I have all the proof that she is lying, including text messages she sent me from her new state sending me love and pictures of the girls right up to the day when she found out I lost my job.

    I live in Connecticut. Is there a family lawyer that you know could help me pro-bono? This is a true case of false accusations with clear evidence, including video. I am so confused and sad. I went to court by myself for the first custody hearing and the judge said that I should get an attorney because of the inter-state complications. What should I do??

    So sorry to bother you, but I am pretty desperate. I love my girls so much and I can’t imagine life without them.. and not being able to see them is breaking my heart. My wife’s overreaction is tragic. Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Dear Vic,
      I would search Connecticut for any father’s rights organization and if there are any prose organizations that can guide you to represent yourself. You can call our office. There is a lawyer in Hartford that is very familiar with false claims but I will not make referrals on the blog. Our number is 419-865-0513.

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

  35. Tanesha says:

    My father is currently being attained in a detention center in Georgetown, SC for a charge of ‘CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT /MINOR (UNDER 11)- FIRST DEGREE (AFTER 6/1/05)- $50,000.
    He’s been in there since Aug. 14th, 2014. There’s a public defender appointed to him but, he’s very unprofessional. He’s yet to communicate with my mother. I called his paralegal the other day and she answered with food/crunching ice in her mouth. I tried contacting the Circuit Public Defender but later learned in my recent call with Mr. H’s paralegal, that they all have been speaking behind the scenes, in not providing us (my mother and I) answers. Mr. H’s first visit to my father he tells my father that he could be facing life or the death penalty.
    My father has just graduated majoring in Law as a Paralegal and was due to attend Coastal Carolina to become a Lawyer this Fall. My father is also retired Marine. My father has no record. I’ve spent my own funds trying to build a file on my father’s behalf. I have all his legal text books to help me understand everything. I’ve been currently trying to figure out the different legal motions/tactics that can be used to try and expedite this whole process. My father wasn’t able to see me get married…
    It’s been a nightmare of a situation. My father is innocent!
    These charges were brought on by my young sister who’s been bucking my parents and roaming the streets since she was 16. Her charge/false accusation is that our father fondled her daughter. There is too much document evidence that point to and prove that my sister has a vendetta against my parents who gave her her children back and won’t give the children’s items to her (which was proven in court (she took my mother to court on this issue) that what my parents bought for her kids while their living with them was considered property of my parents). My parents had temporary custody since her having her first child at 16 and living under my parents roof. My sister is a scorned woman who- is currently pregnant and just gave birth (Jan.2015)- was probably under the assumption that she would have this baby all the while my parents taking care of her other two children.
    South Carolina is grotesquely lacking any legal support system based on fair and proper justice. And being a mixed family doesn’t help the case either. That’s a whole nother issue here in the south. It’s the good ‘ol boy system. Any assistance and/or resource on the matter would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to use every and any social network platform possible to get help and at the same time, bringing awareness of the huge epidemic of the lack of proper indigent representation in the cases of false accusation.

    • admin says:

      Dear Tanesha,
      Is your father complaining about his lawyer or only you? You are on the right track going to superiors. There are other things you might want to consider. Call our office and I will be happy to discuss the situation.

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

  36. Tanesha says:

    Also, in seeking advise/consultation of an attorney; this guy wanted $225k and he referenced us to speak with the Circuit Public Defender about the conduct of Mr. H and mentioned that she’s a black woman! Like, what does her being black have anything to do with anything!?!

    • admin says:

      Dear Tanesha,
      You are right race has nothing to do with this! By the way, I can promise you I can refer you to other lawyers who will not charge you $225!
      Kim Hart
      Exec. Dir.
      National Child Abuse Defense & Resouce Center

  37. Lola says:

    What can you do if you have been publicly defamed Y framed as being mentally ill with enough aforethought and malice to ruin your life and those of your descendents and their descendents until SOMEBODY STOPS IT & u r not able, because the stuff really works. What nif your adult siblings mean to cripple u and urs and it really works. What if ur family aka protection throwa u & urs 2 the dogs, literally & have the law in their pocket, Mental Health Center, local doctors & hospital, local community college, the DoL, the Feds. I mean, u come from a family of 10 pple. If they don’t work there, then there spouses, or grand kids do. What if they illegally institutionalize you & cripple your life with that and control every aspect of your and your childs life because they institutionalized her and alienated her from you.

    • admin says:

      Dear Lola,
      You keep reaching out for help. Contact your law colleges to see if there are law students that can help you. Contact legal aid and/or ABLE. Call the state bar to see if there are any lawyers who have listed that they will take a pro-bono case and above all, document, document, document!

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

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