Exactly 2 years ago this Child protective services agency was notified that my step son had been sexually molested by his mother. The child had spoken out to my husband and I during a summer visitation and the crime was reported to CPS.
Over week later after this case being declared and emergency we were finally contacted by CPS. Of course we had to complain to CPS in our area and also report the incident to the police , something which CPS did not inform us we needed to do. The mother accused by the child had been subkect to numerous CPS reports by many different people from apartment managers to friends and family for all kinds of neglect and abuse, yet CPS never did a thing. We were sure since the child had been so graphic with us that something would be done.
This of course did not happen. After we were ordered by the police not to return the child for safety reasons CPS called us and told us they were cloing their case and we had to return him to his abuser. The child had done a video tape in our area (the abuse had to be filed where the child lived in Sulpher Springs) and the area we were in said they could not see with the mothers history how she still had custody, they even said we had nothing to worry about because the child was very clear in the interview.
The person who told us this had been interviewing for 15 years and had prior experience as a CPS investigator, she knew what she was talking about. But CPS in the small area of Sulpher Springs disagreed after speaking with this mother who had 8 prior CPS cases filed against her and was living with a man with whom had many arrests for various crimes who had also once been accused of physically abusing the child.
We returned the child only to be yelled at by the police. We were told CPS had no jurisdiction to order us to give the child back and we could be held accountable for endangering a child because they DID NOT close their case. In fact after the incident the mother went on the run from the police. She refused contact and went into hiding going hotel to hotel. We did not see this child for over a month. Finally they caught the woman and gave us the little boy back. CPS closed their case with a verdict of "unable to determine" telling us not to worry because they were sure the woman would be back in their office.
The police however pursued charges. It took one year for the District Attorney CHARLES BAILEY of Mount Pleasant TX to finally take the case before the grand jury , or shall I say it took him a year to NOT decide to take the case before the grand jury. The case was hastily filed off as a "NO Bill", no trial, no conviction not even a not guilty. IT is just open and up in the air.
This all happened AFTER the court ordered supervised visitation and allowed the mothers friends to supervise the visitation. After a few months the mother was left alone and the child came home with a hickey on his neck accusing his mother once again os sexually assaulting him while watching cartoons. This was reported and photos of the hickey were taken.
The child had also been seeing a court appointed therapist, LINDA F. of Paris , TX. We later found out this therapist had been the same therapist to the childs mother when the mother was sexually abused as a child. They also developed a friendly relationship. The courts did not care about this involvement. The therapist did not know the mother at first because the mother had changed her name. The therapist had constantly said how hurt the child was and how fearful of his mother he was. She even worked with the second CPS out of Texarkana to see to it the new evidence resulted in a reson to believe verdict with CPS. Which basically meant guilty. Later the therapist went on to retract her information citing she did not have all the facts. How could she not? The child gave her all the facts, she said so.
Eventually afer the no bill the child was returned to his mother via Lamar county courts. The refused to hear about the sexual abuse and refused to involve CPS from Texarkana. IT was found out CPS in Sulpher Springs had lied in their report stating that I was an abused woman who had taken the abuse and focused it on the child. I was never abused, I never said I was , yet they made it up. I tried to have this removed from record and they would not budge. It did not matter that CPS had absoultely no report of abuse form my family in their records. After the child was given back we watched the therapist hug the mother outside the courtroom.
This child who had been wetting the bed since he came to us that summer, sucking his thumb, having night terrors, and masterbating had been given back to his monster of a mother. He begged us not to make him go back, we had no choice. We were ordered to never speak about what the mother had done ever again. We somehow went from protective parents protecting a child from a child predator to evil people. The therapist went under oath and lied about us. Again nobody cared that the mother and Mrs. F. had a previous relathionship.
To this day everytime we have the child, he begs not to go back. We always have no choice. To this day he has yet to be provided a home. He lives in hotels, cabins and with his mothers boyfriends parents. The mother or the boyfriend cannot even hold a steady job yet CPS deemed them better than the ones who have never been accused of molesting, beating, starving, or neglecting him.