12/28/2016 – Ms. Anderson (my girls’ mother) alleges abuse through our daughter’s therapist just before filing for divorce. Child Protective Services (CPS) concludes its first investigation, stating, “We did not find abuse or neglect happened.”
1/25/2017 – Ms. Anderson files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
4/9/2019 – Divorce finalized. Unfortunately, Family Court Referee Hutchison does not award me equal parenting time, but I am granted joint legal and physical custody. The decree does allow for the appointment of a Parenting Consultant (PC) to review my desire for equal parenting time.
1/31/2020 – Ms. Anderson again alleges abuse through a therapist while the PC investigates my request for equal parenting time. CPS concludes its second investigation, stating, “Your family does not need services.”
6/25/2020 – The PC requests we hire a Child Consultant for another evaluation. The Child Consultant recommends the children spend more time with me, and the PC issues an Order for equal parenting time to start June 1, 2021.
6/1/2021 – Equal parenting time begins.
10/18/2021 – Ms. Anderson hires an unlicensed therapist, Misha Gudipati, for my oldest daughter. Despite explaining Ms. Anderson’s repeated attempts to weaponize therapy, Gudipati files a report with CPS saying I bruised my daughter.
10/26/2021 – CPS Investigator (CPI) Hirat Muse interviews me regarding the alleged abuse. I admit to spanking my child on the bottom with an open hand one time in the summer of 2021, but it left no bruise and did not harm her.
10/29/2021 – Ms. Anderson again alleges abuse by taking my middle child to the Emergency Room for a bruise on her upper thigh, claiming I hit her. However, my daughter told me the day before that her bruise came from falling on the school bus. CPS opens another investigation.
11/2/2021 – CPI Muse interviews my children at their school regarding the bruise on my middle child’s leg.
11/11/2021 – Ms. Anderson files an ex parte Order for Protection (OFP) alleging abuse. The OFP is granted on November 12, and Ms. Anderson assumes temporary physical and legal custody of the three children.
11/30/2021 – Ms. Anderson calls the pediatrician to schedule a wellness check for our three children at the earliest possible date.
12/2/2021 – Ms. Anderson takes the children to the pediatrician. An unfamiliar male doctor does the examination.
12/3/2021 – Ms. Anderson calls the pediatrician’s office with more allegations of child abuse. Because the girls acted uneasy with the male doctor, Ms. Anderson posits it as a sign of sexual abuse.
12/4/2021 – Another CPS Investigator, Cori Hewett, meets with Ms. Anderson and initiates a safety plan that grants Ms. Anderson permission to prevent me from contacting our girls.
12/6/2021 – CPI Hirat Muse interviews all three children at their school regarding the sexual abuse allegation. Mr. Muse interviews my youngest. Three times she says nobody touched her inappropriately. After repeated questioning by CPI Muse, she says her father touched her because her “private part started hurting, and he got the lotion and put it on it.” In fact, the previous summer, I did clean her and apply ointment on a severe rash. She arrived at my home complaining of pain because her mom left her sitting in her own feces. CPI Muse schedules all three children for forensic interviews the next day.
12/7/2021 – All of my girls undergo forensic interviews regarding sexual abuse. In the 24 hours between CPI Muse’s improper interview and the forensic interviews, the story now changes to me putting my fingers inside of my little girl.
12/16/2021 – Ms. Anderson amends her ex parte OFP to include the sexual abuse allegation.
12/21/2021 – Despite the fact that I have not seen my daughters for six weeks, CPS receives another allegation of sexual abuse.
3/4/2022 – After almost four months of no contact with my children, the OFP trial concludes. The bus driver testifies that my middle child hurt her upper thigh on the bus. Ms. Anderson tries to twist the truth by saying she fell on the bus the week before the bruise appeared, but the bus driver refutes her testimony. Ms. Anderson also fails to convince the Court that sexual abuse occurred. My parenting time is effectively restored, and I plan to pick up the children from school on Wednesday, March 9. RESULT: OFP DISMISSED.
3/8/2022 – Despite the dismissal of the OFP, CPI Muse asks me to comply with the safety plan by having a supervisor with me. I express my disagreement with the voluntary safety plan but let CPI Muse know my mother and my sister will join me from out-of-state to pick up my daughters. However, Ms. Anderson flees the state with our children. My mother and sister are forced to return home without seeing the girls.
3/9/2022 – I file a police report with the Minneapolis Police Department for deprivation of parental rights.
3/10/2022 – I open a case with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I have not had contact with my children for 118 days, and I do not know their whereabouts. Ms. Anderson ignores my communications. Instead of taking action against Ms. Anderson, CPI Muse files a Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) Petition against me, citing the same allegations dismissed in the OFP Trial.
3/16/2022 – Ms. Anderson finally returns from Florida. I notify the school that I will pick up my daughters the next day.
3/17/2022 – I pick the girls up from school and take them to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We enjoy a wonderful time at the parade and the science museum before returning home. At 6:00 pm, CPI Muse shows up at my residence with two MPD officers. He tells the officers he has a Court Order preventing me from having contact with my daughters. No such order exists. The police threaten to arrest me if I do not allow them to enter my home and take my children. They sign a piece of paper saying, “Peace officer reasonably believes the children are in surroundings or conditions that will endanger the children’s health and welfare, if not taken into custody.”
3/22/2022 – At the emergency hearing in Juvenile Court, the presiding judge, Kathryn Quaintance, states: “There are a bunch of red flags here…I’m just going to observe that if this court is being used to try and get leverage on a custody dispute, there are going to be consequences for that. Nobody has a right to try and use the child protection system to resolve a custody dispute.” Unfortunately, Judge Francis Magill will preside over the matter set for March 29.
3/29/2022 – At the continued emergency hearing, I call CPI Hirat Muse and Officer Ezra Moore to the stand. CPI Muse refuses to answer questions about his statements made to the police just before removing the children from my home on March 17. Officer Moore testifies that CPI Muse told him I had violated a safety plan that a judge had signed. When questioned, Officer Moore confirms that the home was not unkempt or dangerous and that the children were not in any distress. This contradicts the 72-hour Health and Welfare Hold signed by Officer Moore that states, “Peace officer reasonably believes the children are in surroundings or conditions that will endanger the children’s health and welfare, if not taken into custody.” Without regard for these facts, the Court rejects my Motion for Dismissal and orders the children remain with Ms. Anderson.
3/30/2022 – The day after exposing CPI Muse and the police for conducting an illegal hold, my family law attorney receives an email from Assistant County Attorney Hilary Hannon. She says she will charge me with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and issue a warrant for my arrest.
4/4/2022 – Hennepin County charges me with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a presumptive twelve-year prison sentence.
4/8/2022 – Due to the criminal charge, Juvenile Court issues an Order of no contact between me and my three children. The case is put on hold pending the outcome of the Criminal Trial.
6/30/2022 – Ms. Anderson sells her home in Minnesota and moves to Wisconsin in violation of the Family Court Order.
7/18/2022 – The criminal trial begins due to my request for a speedy trial by jury, a right afforded by the Constitution. During his testimony, Mr. Muse initially claims that my youngest disclosed inappropriate touching to a medical professional. Later in his testimony, he admits that before the interview with the children on December 6, no report alleged inappropriate touching. However, in his interview with my child, he asked her repeatedly about inappropriate touching. She denied it three times. Through the use of the State’s own witnesses, my attorney shows that my children’s testimony has been tainted by improper investigations. The State rests its case July 21.
7/22/2022 – We rest our case without calling a single witness. After a short deliberation, a jury of twelve finds me not guilty of the charge. VERDICT: NOT GUILTY.
7/29/22 – I submit a Court Notification to the Juvenile Court notifying it of the outcome of the criminal trial and requesting reunification with my children.
8/1/2022 –At the pretrial hearing, the Court asks whether this should be a family matter rather than a juvenile matter. CPS requests the Court proceed to trial for a Termination of Parental Rights (TPR).
8/25/2022 – I submit a Court Notification requesting immediate relief regarding my daughter’s schooling because Ms. Anderson has removed the children from their bilingual IB World elementary school and enrolled them in a school in Wisconsin. The Court declines to compel Ms. Anderson to return the children to their school in Minnesota for the start of the school year.
10/05/2022 – The trial in Juvenile Court begins. The Court completely disregards Rule 58.01, which states, “Testimony shall be concluded within 30 days from the commencement of the trial, and whenever possible should be over consecutive days.” It schedules trial dates for October 6, November 7, November 9, November 10, and November 14. During the trial, the State calls CPI Hirat Muse and Officer Ezra Moore to testify. Once again, Mr. Muse evades questions related to the Hold executed on March 17, but he admits to not having a Court Order. Officer Moore confirms Mr. Muse told him “multiple times” he had an order signed by a judge. MPD body camera video submitted as evidence corroborates this fact. Officer Moore testifies that he needed a Court Order to remove the children.
11/14/2022 – Testimony in the TPR trial ends. After missing school to sit through six days of trial and testify that her father should “have his parental rights terminated,” my oldest daughter experiences a mental health crisis. She is committed to an acute psychiatric hospital. I am never notified by CPS or by Ms. Anderson.
11/30/2022 – I find out that my oldest has been hospitalized. I call every children’s hospital in the metro area looking for her.
12/2/2022 – Parties submit their Proposed Findings and Conclusions of Law. Judge Magill has 15 days to make his ruling.
12/23/2022 – After passing the timeline for a decision, Judge Magill issues an Order denying the petition to terminate my parental rights. In violation of Court Rules, the Court requests memoranda from all parties as to whether the Court should revert to CHIPS or dismiss entirely. The Court retains jurisdiction.
12/29/2022 – My attorneys file a Post-Trial Motion citing the Court’s improper retention of jurisdiction along with a violation of my due process rights. We request immediate dismissal.
1/12/2023 – CPS concludes they have no affirmative argument to support a reversion to CHIPS.
1/13/2023 – The Court issues its final Order: TPR DISMISSED and JUVENILE COURT JURISDICTION TERMINATED.
1/18/2023 – After fourteen months of no contact with my daughters, I plan to pick them up from school. Recognizing my daughters have suffered emotional and psychological abuse; I bring a close family friend, my middle child’s best friend, a family advocate specializing in child reunification, and a licensed pediatrician. Unfortunately, Ms. Anderson never brings them to school.
1/19/2023 – I retain counsel and file an emergency motion in Family Court outlining the psychological and emotional abuse my children have suffered throughout the past fourteen months. I ask the Court to hold Ms. Anderson in contempt for her move out of state and to grant me temporary sole legal and physical custody. Ms. Anderson files an emergency motion after mine, claiming I have abused her and that the children will “run away” if forced to return to my home.
1/24/2023 – Referee Jason Hutchison ignores my concerns regarding psychological and emotional abuse. He ignores my request to find Ms. Anderson in contempt. He forgets that my children and I have suffered through three separate trials, and I have been vindicated of ever harming my children. He opines returning my children to me is not in their best interest.
1/26/2023 – I start a hunger strike to draw attention to the prejudices of the Court and demand justice for my daughters.
2/3/2023 – At the preliminary custody hearing, it appears Referee Hutchison may allow my daughters to return home. I pause my hunger strike.
2/9/2023 – At an attorney-only status conference, my lawyer argues there is no reason to deny my parental rights and continue the alienation of my children. Referee Hutchison agrees to allow the girls to return home for supervised parenting time. Later that day, opposing counsel throws a temper tantrum and sends a letter to the Court claiming she was “ambushed” at the conference. Referee Hutchison acquiesces and prevents me from seeing my daughters yet again. He ignores the prima facie evidence against Ms. Anderson of emotional endangerment.
3/3/2023 – During the first day of the custody trial, three witnesses testify on my behalf. Ms. Anderson’s own father testifies against her by describing two periods where she prevented him from having any contact with his grandchildren for over a year. He testified that she lied to the girls about the reason why. The Court found him credible. I testified for over four hours, describing seven years of emotional abuse and manipulation by Ms. Anderson. Referee Hutchison makes a stern demand that I have parenting time before the end of the trial on March 31.
3/7/2023 –Despite Referee Hutchison’s strong words in Court, he issues an Order for a paltry 90 minutes of parenting time with only two of my daughters, just once a week in a supervised clinic. The Court continues to ignore the prima facie evidence of emotional endangerment by Ms. Anderson.