if you have a 16 year old stepson, Jake, who lives in Ohio with his mother and her fiance. This boy was choked by the stepdad on Mothers Day because he had a dispute with his mother. The mother approved of the choking and told him that it's a good life lesson for him but if he tells anyone, she's going to report him to police as an unruly child, like she has with his older brother in the past.
Now mind you, this boy has the mentality of a 12 or 13 year old and is scared to death of his mother and the fiance'. The fiance' has been convicted for violence against an elderly man, this year, while he was a council member where he lived.
Now, here's the thing. The school counsler is aware of the abuse in that house because he was the counselor for the older brother and we convince Jake, the 16 y/o, to speak with the counselor months ago, so he's been on top of him and the counselor has spoken with the school principal and emailed us about it. The counselor called CPS once and CPS turned it against the school as if they were the bad guys. We've called CPS before and they've said it was a civil matter and refused to investigate. Jake has called CPS and a CPS investigator has shown up with a police officer just for the officer to threaten Jake and tell him that if he's lying, he'll go to jail. Needless to say, Jake has just clammed up. Every turn he's taken, they turn their backs on him. We even filed for an emergency hearing once and the judge denied a change in custody. Jake is so afraid that he told my husband that he sleeps with a knife beside his bed.
Jake really wants to live with us and I don't know what the deal is that no one will do anything to the mother. She is a paralegal but not sure in what town. Right now, we have our activist writing a letter to the police chief, the congressman and the Judge that denied the change of placement. My fear is that they will say it's Jake's word against the mother and stepdad, which will only keep him in that house and more retribution against him.
Let me also add that mom has blocked dad's number and mine from Jake's cell so that we can't call him or text him. Of course, we can email him a text and he'll receive it but this is the extreme of the woman's insanity.
5/29: Our Activists letter made it to the CHIEF OF POLICE in that County along with 2 of Jake's letters. The chief called and stated that he was going to call CPS and they would go to the school tomorrow, with the Counselor present to speak with Jake and that he wasn't going to let this slide. We can only pray that CPS actually does something this time.
5/30: So CPS showed up with police and interviewed Jake and the counselor. The Mayor works at the school and with the Mayor, Counselor AND Chief of Police backing Jake up.. CPS did NOTHING.. They said that there was not enough evidence. What do they need the child in ICU or dead? Apparently so. Needless to say, Jake refused to go home and the counselor didn't want Jake going home, someone must have said something that they went to interview the mother and boyfriend. They have reopened the case long enough to say they did something and will likely close it with no resolution. I'm certainly not holding my breath. They want Jake to go to the grandmother's house, which is just as bad in the abuse dept and he said as much. He stated that he wants to go to my MIL's house and they won't allow him to. Again, Ohio CPS is useless unless the allegations are against the father. Then they don't need more evidence.