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Michigan teen has been sentenced to four days in juvenile detention for refusing to visit his father

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:32 PM
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http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/21668700/detail.html 

 

Teen In Detention For Not Visiting Dad

Judge Holding Teen In Contempt Of Court

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009
UPDATED: 7:52 pm EST November 19, 2009
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- A Michigan teen has been sentenced to four days in juvenile detention for refusing to visit his father. 
 
Jacob Mastrogiovanni, 14, lives with his mother in Warren. His father, who has joint custody, lives in New Baltimore.  Mastrogiovanni said he has deliberately missed court ordered visitations with his father, and because of that, Macomb County Judge John Foster has ruled he should be held in contempt of court and sentenced to time in a youth home.
 
Mastrogiovanni's mother, Dawn Platevoet, said her son is a hard working student and that she fears for his safety inside the Macomb Juvenile Center.  "I'm very worried. I'm very concerned for the well-being of my son," Platevoet said. "The child is being torn in between this kind of situation due to the friend of the court. They're not looking at the best interest for my son."

Mastrogiovanni said staying at the youth home for four days would not change his attitude toward his father.  "I guess he's going to have to be punished. I don't necessarily like that he's in there but something has to be done," Mastrogiovanni's father, Victor, said by phone Thursday.   Mastrogiovanni would not be specific with why he was refusing to spend time with his father. His reasonings were recorded in a confidentiality agreement being held by the court.

 Mastrogiovanni said he would rather be in a youth home than visit his father and that he's willing to go back to the youth home again if required by the court.  Mastrogiovanni's family and friends have made signs protesting the judge's decision. "Going to a youth home to be with criminals, for what reason? What is this going to solve? Is it going to benefit the child? Is it going to make matters worse?" Platevoet said. Mastrogiovanni's mother and grandmother escorted him to the center Thursday evening. He is scheduled to be released Sunday.

Platevoet said she plans to picket the court Friday.

'God likes me, and I like me; if you don't like me, then you've got a problem. If God likes me, who cares that everybody doesn't approve of everything I do.'

by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:32 PM
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michelle121003
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:34 PM

That's stupid!  At 14 the kid knows if he wants to see his dad or not.  He must have a pretty damn good reason NOT to see his dad if he's willing to go to a detention center for 4 days over it!!

     
 

freedomthinks
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:34 PM

oh that is just bullshit !!!       If I lived near ther I would picket that judge too   

 

mamabeth4180
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:35 PM

That is ridiculous. I live in Warren, and maybe they should be concerning themselves with the actual crime that goes on instead of this shit. I can't even believe this child is being punished...*smh*

mommix4
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Wow- Absolutely disgusting. I thought that when a child turns 13 or 14 they can decide who they want to be with. And the father saying that it's to bad BUT something had to be done. No wonder the kid doesn't want to be with him.

Mesha125
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:37 PM

 that is crazy and its even more crazy the dad is ok with it. Theres probally a good reason that a good kid would rather be in a detention center than with his dad. The judge must be stupid not to have picked up on that

Katsmommy
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM

That is down right stupid. At 14 he should be able to make his own choices on whether or not he wants to see his dad. Its obviously pretty bad if he's willing to continue to spend time in the juvenile center instead of with his father. That's insane though...lets waste space and court time on a kid refusing to see his father instead of real crimes.

lillitigator88
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM

how screwed up that judge should be disbarred.

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caretta32
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

The Judge's reasoning is that the child is VIOLATING A COURT ORDER by refusing to go.

'God likes me, and I like me; if you don't like me, then you've got a problem. If God likes me, who cares that everybody doesn't approve of everything I do.'

imwaiting4you
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:42 PM

They can not decide not to visit!  They have a say in that age with which parent they want to reside with if custody is an issue BUT they can not decide if they want visitation with a parent!  I know this because my oldest sister is going through this with her 15 year old son right now!  The judge told the mom that she better make sure she gets him there or she will be put in jail....we'll see what happens he has a 4 day visit over this next week for thanksgiving and my nephew says he is NOT going.  I just sent this to my sister through email.

Quoting mommix4:

Wow- Absolutely disgusting. I thought that when a child turns 13 or 14 they can decide who they want to be with. And the father saying that it's to bad BUT something had to be done. No wonder the kid doesn't want to be with him.


SGJsmom
by on Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:43 PM

The judge is being petty. How did it come to the attention of the court anyway? Was it the father? The father is an ass. I hope they petition in the family court and have custody changed, so it doesn't happen again.

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