Today, my son Prince would have been two years old…had he survived. I have posted a memorial video for Prince on YouTube and ask that everyone share this video liberally (Link provided below).
While many people who had a part in what happened to my son would likely rather forget about what happened, and certainly want to forget and/or deny their role in it, I want them to have to see his face on his birthday and imagine the life he should have had.
For those of you who don’t know our story, and are coming to this site for the first time, I hope that you will take the time to understand what happened and what needs to happen in order to protect other children from the same fate that my son suffered. After fighting a long, expensive, and emotionally devastating Custody War (I don’t call it battle because a battle seems more finite than what happens in Family Court), Judge Michael Algeo in Montgomery County, MD ordered that my son have unsupervised visitation with his father. This decision came after Dr. Margaret Wong (from Ashburn Psychological Services in Ashburn, VA) testified in court that my son’s father was psychologically sound and that Prince would be safe in his care.
On July 12, 2012, the court ordered that my son spend unsupervised time with his father each week – despite the fact that several witnesses testified to the disturbing history of abuse and murder that surrounded his father. My son only lasted about four unsupervised visits before he was brutally drowned during the visit on October 20,2012. A week after my son was murdered, I learned from police that his father had taken out over $560,000 in life insurance policies on Prince. On the policy paperwork, he lied to the insurance companies saying that he had custody of Prince and that I was dead. It was then that I realized that his involvement in Family Court was for the sole purpose of gaining access so that he could murder my son and financially profit off of the murder.
While I should be celebrating this day with a bubbly, healthy little two-year old, I am forced to mourn the life he should have had. I wish that I could say my son was the first and would be the last child to die this way; however, from what I have learned about our family court system I am sure this will not be the case. Until we as Americans start to realize this systemic problem, children will continue to suffer. When two parents go to court about custody of a child, the discussion should never be focused on the rights of the parents. The only things that should come into play are the rights of the child. My son’s civil right to life was denied.
Sadly, the Montgomery County, MD court is not the only part of the justice system that should be questioning their decisions. It is my firm belief that police corruption in the Prince William County, VA Police department has assisted in helping my son’s father evade the law for several years and assisted in this man collecting a large group of victims. I will not call officers out by name, however, in time I believe they will have to answer for their own sins in connection with some terrible crimes. If it weren’t for the work of a few honorable officers in the Manassas, VA Police Department, I am not sure if this man would have ever been taken off of the streets.
My son is an angel. He was an angel before he was born, during life, and certainly remains so to this day. In his 15 months of life, he made more of an impact than many people do in an entire lifetime. I ask of you all to please share this video with as many people as possible. I also ask that regardless of whether your life is personally impacted by what happens in Family Court, that you continue to talk about how dangerously flawed our courts have become. My son suffered terribly, but there are still other children who are forced by the courts to live in abusive situations every day despite the pleas of a protective parent. These children will one day be adults and the problems that began in Family Court will come knocking on the door of every American.
I thank you all for your incredible support over these past months. Without the support of my family, friends, and my readers, this would be infinitely more difficult.
Please help me spread the word about this issue and help me keep my son’s memory alive by sharing this video:
My son’s father is currently awaiting trial for first degree murder in the Prince William County Adult Penitentiary. For more information on this case, here are some of the better articles that have been written.