On Tuesday February 19, 2013, I filed a precedent setting lawsuit against Ashburn Psychological Center and Dr. Margaret Wong (the child psychologist who gave Luc his court ordered psychological evaluation). As anyone who has been following my story knows, I have never stopped trying to get justice for Prince since this whole ordeal started. Part of “getting justice” is holding all of the people who failed my son accountable for their behavior. A few hours after the law suit was filed, I held the first press conference of my life in my attorney’s office. Sharing how I felt in that moment might help you understand why this was such a proud moment for me as a mother – as Prince’s Mama.
I couldn’t sleep the night before the press conference. Thoughout the night, I kept thinking about all of the things I wanted to say and how important it was for me to make my son proud. I would be speaking in a forum that few people get to experience. I had an opportunity to speak for my son as he would never be able to speak for himself.
When I arrived at the attorney’s office, my thoughts seemed to go a mile a minute as I wondered if I could make these reporters understand how important this message was to not only me, but to many others across the country and the world who are facing similarly horrifying situaitons. As I sat down at the table in front of a bunch of new faces and cameras, my mind slowed down a bit as my attorney Patrick Regan spoke to the crowd. Then, it was my turn. What I said went something like this,
“Thank you all for being here today. I hope you can understand how important this is to me. My son was a very special boy – he was my angel. I sit here before you on behalf of my son who couldn’t be here today. I speak for my son who will never be old enough to speak. The week he died, he had just said the word “ball”. It was his second word after “Mama.” As many of you know, my son’s father – during just the fourt unsupervised visitation- took off all of my son’s clothing, put him in a cold bathtub, and then held him under the water until he died. This was a violent and hideous crime. My son’s father didn’t “snap” and he didn’t go crazy after having a history of mental health. When Judge Algeo suspected that (Luc) had a mental health issue, he ordered him to have a psychological evalaution. (Luc) then went to the Ashburn Psychological Center, a place with whom he had a previous history, and paid Dr. Wong to give him a clean bill of health so he could gain unsupervised access to my son Prince. Dr. Wong proceeded to perform an unethical and negligent psychological evaluation where she ignored all of the evidence that did not support Mr. Rams’ claims of mental health. It was her dangerously flawed and negligent examination that led Judge Algeo to grant unsupervised visitations – which ultimately led to my son’s death.”
As I looked out at the faces in the crowd, I noticed even several men in the room shed a tear. I continued to explain to the crowd how regardless of whether Family Law touches your life personally, everyone should care about how children are treated in this country. If children continue to be exposed to abusive and violent parents, these emotionally and physically abused children will eventually become adults and the same issue that was so easy to ignore will eventually become a deeper sociately problem. If a man as disordered as Luc can walk into a psychological and pay/charm his way into getting a clear bill of health, just about anyone could have done the same. Dr. Wong’s behavior undermines the entire justice system and we all, as Americans and as members of the human race, should be appalled.
I am suing Dr. Wong and the Ashburn Psychological Center for 20 million dollars. There is no amount of money on this planet that will make what happened to my son right and there is nothing that can be done to make me forget the terrible pain that I will face for the rest of my life. This lawsuit is about justice and accountability. I want to continue to helping people and I want to keep my son alive with a strong memory and a positive legacy.
If I could work every day for the rest of my life and receive no monitary compensation just to be able to have kept Prince with me, I would sign up for that deal in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I was not given that choice.
Today was a good day. I have never been more proud of my son than I was today as I stood there speaking to all of those people. I realized in that moment that my son was able to have more of an impact in his 15 months than most people will ever hope for in a lifetime. I was a proud Mama today. I will never stop telling your story Prince, and I will always fight for your legacy.