March 7, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In the New Mexico case of Leland Valdez, his mother, Tabetha Van Holtz has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and abandonment resulting in great bodily harm or death. Read about it here (Albuquerque Journal, 3/6/14). Leland was three years old when Van Holtz and her boyfriend Steven Gallegos brought him to an emergency room claiming he’d fallen. Police later determined he’d been beaten to death. Before that, his father, Andrew Valdez had reported the boy’s abuse by his mother to police and Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers. They failed to intervene. Valdez is now pursuing a civil suit against the Sheriff’s Department for its part in Leland’s death.
March 6, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Sometimes the anti-father bias of family court smacks you right in the face. It certainly does here. And it does so all the harder because the writer is a blogger on family law issues and presumably knows something about them. He’s done enough blogging on the subject that Marilyn Stowe has given him space on her blog site. Stowe’s is perhaps the most prominent British site dealing with family law issues.
Her guest blogger is John Bolch. He begins by pointing out the obvious — that family courts are under almost continuous fire from the news media and fathers’ rights advocates — and proceeds to the unarguable — that often family courts deal with difficult cases. Fine.