My mission has always been to provide the best for my daughters. That includes giving them the loving relationship with their father they deserve.
My children are not the property of the State. Yet, the State has exercised absolute power over them.
I have long believed in the liberties afforded by our Constitution. I have loved this country and chose to serve in the Marine Corps to defend and promote those liberties. However, I now find myself in the unfathomable situation of having my rights and my children’s rights stripped. The State has justified their actions through false allegations and has retaliated against me after exposing the lies of the Child Protection investigator.
I have never abused my children and have been vindicated in every division of the Court. I have won THREE trials – in Family Court, in Criminal Court, and in Juvenile Court – despite my daughters being coerced into testifying against me. During the last trial, which stretched over ten months, the Guardian ad Litem testified that I have not harmed my children. Still, Referee Jason Hutchison decided to suspend my parenting time until we go through yet another trial in Family Court. This is my FOURTH trial.
During the Juvenile Trial, Ms. Anderson (our daughters’ mother) compelled our oldest to sit through six days of Juvenile Trial and testify against her father. The Department of Human Services, the Guardian ad Litem, and the State’s attorneys all recommended against this. Still, the Court allowed it. Forcing a child to endure this trauma while trying to reconcile in her young mind how she could testify against her father, whom she has always loved, proved too much to bear. My tender, empathetic daughter found herself in a mental health crisis and was committed to an acute psychiatric hospital on the last day of the trial. The average length of stay at the hospital is seven to eleven days. My daughter remained there for nine weeks.
The State and the Courts claim they act in the children’s best interests. They do no such thing. For six years, they have ignored my cries of psychological and emotional abuse at the hands of their mother. I appeared before the same referee during my unwanted divorce in 2017 and asked him to enforce the law. A few months earlier, Ms. Anderson had accused me of abuse as part of her plan to take custody of the children. CPS did an investigation. They concluded there is “no evidence of neglect or abuse.” During our first hearing, I referenced Minn. Stat. § 609.507, which holds a person guilty of a misdemeanor for falsely alleging abuse to influence a child custody hearing. Referee Hutchison merely turned to the other attorney and said, “I don’t think you like what Mr. Cross is insinuating.”
That was not an insinuation. That was a fact proven through an investigation by the State. Had Referee Hutchison enforced the law then and held Ms. Anderson accountable, would my children have had to endure more than ten investigations and many months of hell?