New York - Yet another tragedy caused by a Family Court judge enabling an angry and dangerous father to harm his child by granting unsupervised visitation, despite a mother's pleas for protection.
Although Cherone says that she should have risked jail and kept Zoey, it likely would not have saved her. Eventually the judge would have been able to force her to visit her father, using CPS or law enforcement if necessary.
Zoe’s case fits into the pattern of judges all over the world who empower fathers after divorce to the great detriment of women and children. This is not happening because judges don’t have proper training, or they are being fooled by narcissistic men, or they disbelieve mothers, or the court doesn't have enough resources, or there isn't a law to protect children. In fact, virtually all jurisdictions have laws which prioritize children’s safety over parents’ rights.
No, this scourge is occurring due to the systemic agenda to empower men after divorce, the main staging grounds being Family Court, since that is where custody is decided. The fact that family court judges have the power to violate laws which protect children (and women) is the problem.
The only way to stop judges from taking children away from loving mothers and endangering them by giving them to controlling and abusive fathers is to remove judges’ power to decide custody and provide other due process protections. Join The Women’s Coalition and help fight for the new “Child Custody Court Act”.
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‘You’ll never see your daughter again,' deranged dad told mother of 3-year-old Queens girl who died in car fire with doors chained shut
On Sunday night, cops and firefighters pulled [Cherone Coleman’s] badly-burned 3-year-old girl, Zoey, from a charred Audi in Springfield Gardens, just blocks from where Coleman and her only child lived.
Coleman told The News that the girl's vindictive dad, Martin Pereira, had become unhinged in recent weeks as they battled over Zoey's custody. Coleman said she had gone to court to modify their visitation agreement, but a judge denied her request.
Against her wishes, but with the court's blessing, she said, Pereira left with the girl for a weekend visit on Saturday and Sunday. It was only the second time he had been entrusted with Zoey since she and Pereira broke up, Coleman said.
…Coleman said she then called 911 in a panic to report she had argued with her ex and she feared he was going to harm himself and their daughter.
The phone calls were just a prelude to the horror that unfolded on Sunday night.
That's when Zoey died in in the back of her father's flame-engulfed Audi, on Baisley Blvd. at 154th St., near Baisley Pond Park.
The doors to the car were chained shut as bright orange flames roared in the passenger compartment, said witnesses.
…The fire was so hot, the car door handles securing the chains melted, enabling rescuers to get inside. They rushed Zoey to Jamaica Hospital in a police vehicle, but she could not be saved.
…Cops on Monday morning declared little Zoey's death a homicide.
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RIP Little Zoey
[Pictured: Cherone and Zoey]
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.