On Wednesday, shockingly, but not surprisingly, a violent father murdered his baby—just hours after a judge dismissed a restraining order.
The Restraining Order had been in place because of his documented and criminally charged violence against the mother and threats to kill Baby Kobi.
Immediately after the hearing on Wednesday in which the RO was dropped, the father put Kobi in a baby carrier and murdered her by jumping off a reservoir wall in South Australia, with the apparent intention of punishing her mother.
Baby Kobi's father had been criminally charged last year with assaulting and imprisoning Kobi’s mother and for threatening to kill her. The police considered him so dangerous that they opposed his release on bail. A judge freed him anyway and charges were dropped in March for unstated reasons.
As usual, the father’s history of violence, threats to kill the mother and baby, and multiple violations of restraining orders were all dismissed by the judge, obviously to keep the father entitled and empowered over “his” ex and child. The judge, working within a discriminatory system, thereby caused Baby Kobi’s death.
Kobi’s case is not the exception, but the rule. Judges routinely disregard children’s safety and best interest to grant violent and unfit fathers custody and control of their children.
Women must unite and fight for a new system where juries, not judges, have the power to protect children and decide custody.
Join the fight for the Child Custody Act: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: There are some reports that Kobi’s mother may have agreed to unsupervised visitation. If that is true, it is likely because she was pressured. Many women are told if they don't agree with the father having contact, they will be accused of alienating or interfering with the father’s "right" to see his children. And if they refuse, they could lose custody—which means the abusive father could get sole custody. That is what happens in custody cases every day in family courts around the world. Regardless, a judge should never give a child to a father who has threatened to kill her, no matter what anyone says.
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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.