Friday, March 29, 2013
If you've been my buddy for a while, you know that my big brother has had some custody issues dealing with his daughter, Lily.
In November, he discovered that his ex was cheating on him. They had an argument that ended in this woman throwing him down the stairs in front of their child. Cops were called, the woman was escorted off the property. Jeremiah took Lily and left the home because he didn't want Lily around that kind of violence.
Meanwhile, this woman went to a women's shelter and said that Jeremiah hurt her and threatened to kill himself and Lily. This was an outright lie. She also said he threw away her clothes and personal items - that was true. He tossed all her stuff out onto the lawn for her to pick up after discovering that she had been sleeping with his best friend over the previous six months.
Jeremiah had, a month previous to this, a nightmare in which he hurt Lily. He was horrified, woke up and talked to this woman about it - like anyone would do! You have a bad dream, you tell your partner about it.
She used that dream to get a restraining order against him, and the court applied that order to cover Lily as well. The last time we saw Lily was November 22.
Today, Jeremiah received a call from the state saying that Lily was removed from that woman's care two days ago. Lily is now a ward of the state. We aren't super sure what happened, but we do know that Lily is injured - she has bruises on her thigh and a black eye.
Lily is TWO YEARS OLD.
We're trying our butts off right now to get her out of state care and either home with Jeremiah or released to my sister or myself. My brother has a lawyer engaged and I'm trying to get somewhere- anywhere- with social service. Everything looks good for getting custody back, but there're a lot of legal loopholes to go through here and we just want it done this weekend - today! This is the closest we've been to "hope" for this situation in months.
Please pray, cross your fingers, send me good vibes. Lily has been through enough living with her mother - she does not need to be with strangers, she needs to be with her family and we need to be with her.