Bradley Peterson has two daughters. Bradley went into the US Army on Feburary 25, 2007. This is one day after our youngest daughter was born. While home on leave several times Brad has shown little interest in spending time with our daughters. He is mor concerned with drinking and going out with "old" friends. I have done everything possible to make sure that he has a relationship with our daughter. I keep them in good contact with Brad's family while he is "away."
Somehow the US Army and Muskegon, MI Friend of the court let his arrears stack up to $32845.10 with no leagal action taken. Several times I tried to file show cause motions when he would not pay support. Brad has done everything possible to avoid our daughters and his duties as a father. Brad was discharged from the Army in Feburary of 2011 and has yet to make contact with me about seeing our daughter. [continued below]....
Here is a brief history of his neglect
Brad came home in the summer of 2007. He was home for two weeks. In this two week time he asked to see our daughters twice. He had them overnight both times. Both of my daughter (3 years old and 6 months old) came home with lice. In the time that he was home he married a woman that he had only known for a little over two months. The second visit he had with our daughters he told our oldest that she no longer had to all me mom beause they had a new mom.
June 2008 I married my husband. I asked his father if he wanted to watch the kids while I was on my Honeymoon. He agreed. I came home on the 17th. (I was married on the 13th) When I went to pick our daughters up from their grandfather Brad was there. I was not told that he would be coming home. He arrived on the 16th of June 2008. During this visit he was home for three weeks. He had our daughters a total of 3 nights. Our oldest daughter had lice yet again when she came home.
In August of 2009 Brad was home for a visit again for three weeks again. I was not informed of his coming home. He called me almost a week into being home at about 10:30 PM and demanded to see our daughters. I had a family camping trip planned that we were leaving for early the next morning. I told him that when we came home I would be sure to give him as much time as he wanted with the girls. He became very bulligerent with me. He went as far as to tell me that I had better have my eye on them at all times because he could "disappear" with them and I would not beable to find him. When we returned from camping I let him take the girls for 6 nights (3 with him 2 home then 3 more with him.) Our oldest daughter came home with Mono after the second 3 nights. This is very rare for a young child to get Mono. She was very ill and running a high fever. He told me he didn't know what was wron with her but I should take care of whatever it was. I took her into emergency. She was severly dehydrated and running a 104 temp. The first 3 day visit he had he took them to an ex-girlfriends house. Her little sister had Mono. Our daughter (four years old at the time) was hospitalized for almost three days she was so sick. For almost 2 months she would sleep anywhere frome 14 to 18 hours a day. This was the last time he tried to see our daughters.
Every time he has taken our daughters I have had to provide Food, Clothing, Carseats, and Toileties. He has never returned anything including carseats. In the las 5 years I have had to spen almost $800.00 on car seats.
I am the only steady parent our daughters have had. I am the one that makes sure that our daughter have their needs met. I kiss owies, Play dolls, tuck them in every night, snuggle when they have a bad dream. I am the one that hold our oldest while she crys because she misses her dad. I am the one that has to take her to counciling because she went to school and told her entire kindergarten class that her daddy died. I am the one that has to explain that I have no contact info for her to call her dad. I have raked yards, shoveled driveways, landscaped for endless hours, cleaned houses, and any other job I could take to support our daughters the best that I can. They have never went without a roof over their heads, Heat, food, electric, or the added fun things kids should have. I have worked 12-14 hour days to make ends meet and still pull of Christmas for them.
My husband has stepped up and really done right by my girls, But to my oldest he can not replace her dad. He has never tried to and never would!
In 2008 and 2009 I had to have my taxes amended because he tried to claim our daughter after not helping at all financially. I recieved my first support payment from him in November of 2009.
Brad does not deserve these beautiful children we created.
Thank you for listening