“People in the system failed her and us. Her death was preventable…Red flags and warning signs were ignored.” Jennifer, Keira’s Mom
Although the investigation is ongoing, Jennifer is sure that her her ex murdered Little Keira and took his own life by jumping off a steep cliff with her.
Despite Jennifer’s attempts over the years to protect Little Keira in Family Court, the systemic agenda to entitle the father, as usual, prevailed over the law: the best interests of the child. The judge allowed regular, unsupervised, overnight visitation with the abusive father.
Hence, the judge entitled the father to murder his child.
In one abusive incident, the father had shoved a rat into Keira’s mouth. Another time he kidnapped Keira and said he wouldn’t return her unless he got equal parenting time. And there was much verbal and emotional abuse.
Jennifer appealed the judge’s ruling permitting unsupervised, overnight visits, but lost. Appellate Courts almost always defer to the discretion afforded Family Court judges.
Unfortunately, Jennifer thinks the problem is that judges and custody evaluators need more training in domestic violence, and that since the abuse was emotional, it wasn’t taken seriously. So that is what the media reported along with the fact that this is a "custody battle" implying blame is more or less equal between parents.
The truth is that even if the court officials had training in domestic violence and Keira had been physically or sexually abused, she would not have been protected, because the core cause of the custody crisis is systemic male entitlement. No matter the particulars of each individual custody crisis case, most end the same, with the father getting what he wants, be it equal time or sole custody.
The only thing that will stop judges from taking and endangering our children is to end the systematic and methodical entitling and empowering of fathers, and for this we need to educate the public about the true cause of the crisis and unite to demand a new system.
If you'd like to join your local coalition and engage in activism to help end the crisis, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on why the Custody Crisis is occurring:
Girl found dead at bottom of Ontario cliff was murdered, family says
Family struggling to make sense of four-year-old girl’s sudden death
NOTE: For mothers who think that not having money for a good lawyer: Jennifer is a doctor and had great representation and even some good court officials reporting the father's abuse. Bottom line: it does not matter how much money you have, the agenda prevails.
[Pictured: Jennifer and Little Keira]
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Cindy Dumas, M.A. has been researching, writing, and raising awareness about the Custody Crisis since 2003, when she was unable to protect her children from their abusive father. She fled into hiding when Family Court failed her and was tricked into returning home, when her children were given to their abusive father.