“He really didn’t want to go. I could see fear in his eyes.”
Dylan’s friend, first day of trial
“[Dylan's father] wanted control over all of us.”
Dylan’s mom, Elaine
The murder trial against Dylan’s father begins and is expected to continue for a couple more weeks. The father is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
Dylan disappeared on a court-ordered visit with his father in 2013. His blood was found at the father’s house and years later his remains were found nearby. The father is finally being prosecuted for his murder.
Dylan had told his mother and friends he did not want to go on the court-ordered visit his father that Thanksgiving holiday, but Elaine did not have the power to stop it. She would have been at risk of a contempt violation and a finding of alienation—or some version of it, and so of sole custody going to the father.
Dylan had discovered extremely compromising fetish photos of his father, and they had been fighting about them. Dylan was disgusted by his father and did not want to be with him, especially in his house which was somewhat isolated in the mountains.
When Dylan’s friend testified that Dylan was afraid to visit his father, the defense suggested it was due to the mother’s influence, i.e. alienation, without using that term. The jury was not allowed to hear the friend talking about Dylan’s strained and “potentially abusive” relationship with his father.
Condolences and solidarity with mom Elaine
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TWC NOTE: Enough of our children being harmed and murdered! Women must unite and fight for a new system that gives us the power to protect our children. Join The Women’s Coalition
MORE INFO on the crisis & the solution:
The Custody Crisis: Why It's Happening & How We Can End It
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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.