Judge Takes Family’s Home and Children Removed at Gunpoint After GAL Admits to Lying
8 years ago, we were accused of educationally neglecting our 2 oldest kids.
The school attendance director claimed that our kids missed too much school, and provided many different attendance printouts. The prosecutor just took the one with the highest about, 37 missed days, and suppressed all the rest.
No one cared to ask why there were so many nor why did they not match the report cards, which had the correct amount, 9 days.
Instead, the report cards and fact that our kids got excellent grades, from the Judge.
For 3 years, our lawyers said or did nothing about it and we allowed their scare tactics to scare us against speaking out against everything they had done.
26 Pages of Corruption
We finally decided to bring all their lies and fraudulent attendance printouts to the Judge. We presented him with a 26-page document outlining every lie, and the audio recordings.
Judge Accepts False Evidence
The Judge accepted everything and made copies for everyone else and set a Court date to hear everything. The day of the hearing, 15 minutes after it was scheduled to start, our lawyers emerged from the Courtroom and told us that the prosecutor dropped the case.
We tried to fight against dropping it because it was finally our chance to proclaim the truth. But it didn’t matter, it was dropped abruptly anyway. But the school attendance director, the woman who was presenting fraudulent attendance printouts, became our kid’s home school director.8 years passed and that Judge was Judge until January 2019.
Judge Shaffer Previously Represented Our Landlord
In January 2019 Judge Steven Shaffer became the Judge. In 2014, before he became Judge, he represented my landlord against me. In 2018, our home, a double-wide that my grandmother was buying for us and has spent $80,000 on to date, was having problems with the landlord of the lot. So, I wrote a letter to the Circuit Court about the home in May 2018.
Judge Shaffer Illegally Seized Home
It sat idle until February 2019, when Judge Shaffer dug through my file and found it, 9 months after it was written. He then made copies of my letter and sent it to the Magistrate Judge and his old clients, and not any other party to the case. Approximately 5 months after that, the home was seized and gave to the landlord of the lot.
Evicted With No Warrant
There was no search or seizure warrant to do so. One (1 ) month after, our kids ordered to be seized. August 2 2019 a process server came to our house and told us we had to leave because they were seizing the home and giving it to the landlord of the lot to satisfy a $1,200 debt I owed.
He brought no documentation about the home, only a subpoena to Court for educational neglect, claiming our homeschool had been “terminated.”
When I found out they were taking my grandmother’s home and just giving it to the landlord of the lot (Judge Shaffer’s old client) everything we were forced to leave there, we strung stuff everywhere, intentionally wrecked it as well as we could.
Evicted Without Cause
The process server, without the appropriate authority or legal authority, forced us to leave the home and gave the home to the landlord of the trailer park. He also seized the home and went inside and took pics. All without the authority to. None of which is the job of a process server.
Cries for Help Ignored
After we left our home, I called the Sheriff’s Dept every day, attempting to reach the Sheriff to get answers about our home. I called every day, leaving my name and number, but the sheriff never returned my calls.
Sexually Harassed by Police
Instead, the cop who answered my phone calls every day began sending my sexual text messages. He sent these perverted messages on August 18, 2019. The same exact day that the GAL Kristen Antolini, CPS worker Elizabeth Blake and our attorneys came to our new home and did their home safety check.
They were there for over an hour and had not 1 negative word to say, an interaction we have an audio recording of.
The very next day, August 19, 2019, I took my phone to the Preston County WV Sheriffs Dept, and I filed a complaint against the cop for sending me the sexual text messages.
No Due Process
The very next day August 20, 2019, was scheduled to be the adjudication hearing, however, it was rescheduled and renamed a status conference, because the prosecution did not give us discovery before that day.
Judge Illegally Allows Evidence
Even though it was rescheduled bc of this, the Judge still permitted them to use the evidence that we had never gotten. Before this day, there were never any concerns about the safety of our children.
After I exposed their perverted cop. And that day, at the status conference, An entire hearing was held against us but we were forced to treat it like a conference as they presented their lies and false statements. The GAL went as far as to say that we had no food, furniture, or utilities in our home, and that we were squatters in our home.
I proclaimed that she was lying that she was a liar.
GAL Admits to Lying
Kristen Antolini stood up and admitted that she never checked the home for food or for utilities. However, Judge Shaffer didn’t care that she had lied, and instead, he applied the law to her lies, as if what she had said was true, knowing that they were lies!
Judge Refuses to Look At Evidence
I have the paid utility bills and statements from my landlord stating we are tenants, but the judge refuses to acknowledge my evidence. In the Courtroom, I even tell Shaffer that I have the proof in my hands, that showed there was never danger to my kids, and that the GAL was a liar, and he expressly refused to look at the proof. And instead said, “I know Ms. Antolini, and I find her to be a capable GAL. She knows what would happen if she lies.”
Illegal Status Conference
They called it a status conference but in reality, it was a one-sided hearing conspired against us. The judge allowed photos to be used that we nor our attorneys seen or even knew existed, that were never even submitted as evidence. They presented pictures of the home that had been seized by the landlord (the judge’s former clients) and we had not lived in the home for well over a month, but they did not present any pics of the home in which they came to. Over a month after we left the old home that we trashed before leaving, they used pics that the process server took of the home. The GAL, CPS worker, and our lawyers were all physically inside our actual home but they provided absolutely no pictures of if.
Even though I told him I could prove her lies to be lies and there were three other people that came to the home and had personal knowledge of the truth, they all conspired together. Our own attorneys and the CPS worker did not say one word even though I requested for the CPS worker to speak and the judge said she would get a turn but the prosecution kept her silent, my husband begged his attorney to speak up and tell the truth but she was afraid of the prosecutor.
CPS Report Suppressed
The CPS worker did not say one word, she refused to go along with the lies of the GAL, but she also did not speak out for the truth or the kids. And after that day, the CPS disappeared and so did her report about our home and family. Her report and any documentation from CPS about the day they came to our home and found danger is also being suppressed. My husband even requested for it in court and the Prosecutor stated that CPS does not document home safety checks.! Blatant lies, as cps documents everything, especially home safety checks.
CPS Report Disappeared
I have the Preston County CPS supervisor on recording and he says he has Ms. Blake’s report in front of him, and even begins to read from it. then he states that we need a court order to get this report, he even states that we can have anything in our file but this specific report we needed a court order, but now that the CPS supervisor is dead and that report is gone, and that worker no longer works for the state. Elizabeth Blake MUST be found, she looked absolutely disgusted about what they were doing at the status conference. Are you saying my kids are in danger?” He answered, Yes. I asked how.
Only GAL Testimony Accepted
He simply stated, “Because of the testimony given here today.” It was a status conference!!! The only person is given an opportunity to present “testimony” was the GAL. The prosecution permitted us to present their witness and “evidence” that they did not provide us with beforehand. Permitted to present lies, without any proof of their claims! Waging an entire trial against us, completely one-sided… as we were expected to still treat it as a status conference.
Not Permitted to Call Witnesses
We were not permitted to call witnesses on our behalf, even though I specifically requested that the cps worker speak, who was sitting in the courtroom. Given no opportunity to cross-examine their witness or to present evidence. We were given no opportunity to defend ourselves in any way! And even though this was merely a status conference, the judge still ordered to remove our kids. And there have been no hearings since…. our kids in limbo. Our rights stripped from us without any court proceeding and the adjudication indefinitely continued.
The judge had his mind made up before we walked into the courtroom. Everyone else knew what was going on, except us. The lies that were told by the GAL could have easily been proven as such. And there were 3 other people in the courtroom who had 1st hand knowledge and knew for a fact that she had lied, and they said nothing!! Our own lawyers knew she was lying and they didn’t say 1 word in court!! We begged him to wait 1 day… 1 hour, for us to get the proof to show everything she claimed as the imminent danger was lies, but he refused.
Judge Orders Foster Care
After the Judge ordered to take our kids and put them in foster care, we allegedly did not give them our kids and were arrested for it. We were charged with the same exact crime and count.
On October 4th, 2019, my husband was arrested for 6 felony counts of “child concealment”(6 bc we have 6 kids). His bail set at $30,000 and he made a bail agreement, in which he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and agreed to check in once a week at day report and they agreed to reduce his bail to $10,000. I was arrested on October 8th, 2019, and the kids were taken from me that day, and hauled hours away, split up 2 by 2 in diff foster care families.
My bail (the woman who exposed their perverted cop) for the same exact crime, and a number of charges, was set at $120,012. They refused to make any agreements with me, even though I waived my preliminary hearing, and shipped me back to jail. My grandma put her home and several parcels of land up to get me out of jail. I waived my preliminary hearing in exchange for a reduction, but they refused. They made no agreement with me at all. They came to my home, the home that the GAL claimed we were squatters in, and arrested me. They apparently didn’t want anyone to know this and wrote in the newspaper that we were staying in the woods, in a “makeshift teepee” Which was an absolute lie, but obviously, this doesn’t stop the criminals who run Preston County, WV…
When the cops came to arrest me. When they knocked on our door, I and the kids tried to hide in the attic. After we climbed up into the attic I couldn’t get the attic door to close and it kept making too much noise when I would try. The cops asked for me. And she said I wasn’t there.
He told me he had to come in and look. Kyleigh (my 15-year-old) asked the cops if they had a warrant. They responded “Yes” then she asked to see it. And they said no. So She tried to close the door.
Police Attack Child
The cop kicked the door as she was shutting it, and clung her to the ground, busting open her knees. As he was screaming at her, “you watch too much tv you crazy little bitch” And she was screaming, “I’m just a kid! I’m just a kid! Over and over. The cop handcuffed her and slung her onto the couch and left her handcuffed there for a long time.
10 Days in Jail
I spent 10 days in jail, before being bailed out. And the day after I was bailed out, they took my sister’s 4 kids.
This is the last day I saw my kids or heard their voices. It has been 1 year and 2 months, and we have been denied any contact with our 6 kids. Which I’m sure has had a huge traumatizing effect on our kids. But they don’t care, they do whatever they want.
I have multiple recorded conversations with the cps supervisor, where he tells me that cps didn’t want to take our kids. that cps didn’t think our kids were in danger, that they were just following a court order. How are kids taken without the blessing of cps to do so. Without even allowing the only cps worker to ever be in our home or to meet our kids, an opportunity to speak, before removing kids. To allow her report to be suppressed. How is this possible. He also tells me that my kids are doing great in school and are very bright kids. We discuss the cps worker’s report of her visit. He states that he has it, and begins to read from it. I stopped him and said no that is the GAL’s report. I tell him I want to read it for myself and would like copies of my file. He responds you can get your file, but this “particular report, you have to subpoena. “I also have recordings where he calls me the evening before scheduled court dates, for the adjudication hearing, to tell us it is been continued. One time, because the GAL was going out of town for the holidays, one time he didn’t know the reason, and one time bc the judge’s wife was sick. I begged him several times, to offer us services, as I know this is the only way to get my kids back. I say give me any service, whether I need them or not give me all of the services!! I complained for a long time for services to be offered to us. Till, finally in August 2020 (more than a year after this began) they gave me parenting classes. After speaking with us several times, the parenting woman decided that we do not need parenting classes and is going to move on to adult life skills instead. I also complained about MDT meetings for months and months.
The cps supervisor tells me that he cant make the lawyers attend MDT meetings. In January 2020, I believe, we went into court for the adjudication hearing, and it was again continued. But I asked the judge to ensure an MDT be held. He set a date for one but made sure to tell me that if the lawyers are busy, the lawyers are busy. Yet, the law puts a lot of emphasis on MDT meetings and makes it the responsibility of the judge, the prosecutor, and cps to make sure they happen. The law states that MDT meetings are to be held within 30 days of the issuance of the case, and at least once every 3 months until permanency is achieved. The very 1st scheduled MDT was in February 2020; 6 months after the time which the law demands. But we showed up, but they did not. So, the 1st MDT to actually be held was on March 5, 2020; 7 months after the law demands.
We have filed many motions and the judge simply ignores them. I have been motioning for an emergency hearing since this, the judge allowed the emergency hearing to be held. Yet all he did was simply dismiss everything. I stood up and told him about the GALs’ lies (as I have done many times before) and I requested he looks at the proof I had to prove she lied to take our kids. He blatantly refused to even look at the proof…. dismissing it and my motions, and stated that I know Ms. Antolini (the GAL) and I know that she knows what will happen if she lies. Basically saying he blindly believes her, and will not accept anything to prove differently!! I have asked for him to take her off the case, he answers, I find ms Antolini a capable GAL. Every time I speak up and tell the judge about her lies, he gets pissed at me. When I was arrested, the prosecutor then amended the petition again to include that. she also says on the amended petition that the cops who arrested me, said that “there was no food in sight.” But they were only upstairs, no one went to the kitchen. I called each of these cops, and they all said that they never said that. So, I stood up once again and told him that the cops said they never said there wasn’t food. He didn’t care. But the prosecutor stood up, and stated, I didn’t lie, It didn’t say there wasn’t food. It said there was no FOOD INSIGHT.
Why would this even be presented if no-one said this? Other than to attempt to make the GALs’ lies look less like lies. The judge ignores all of this. But when I call the prosecutor a liar, she instantly gets up and refutes it. But every time I bring up the GALs’ lies, no one stands up to refute it…. because they cant! Even though everyone is aware that the GAL lied and that there was never any imminent danger they still choose to hold our kids hostage! The judge chooses to simply not look at the proof, or acknowledge the truth and allows continuance after continuance leaving me, my husband, and 6 innocent children to suffer!!
Since October 2019, we have not seen nor spoken with our kids. As the judge has issued a no-contact order with our kids and between us we have never, ever harmed our kids, yet he has issued a no-contact order. This is just malicious and inhumane death would be more humane. And my poor babies, they have always had a mommy and daddy who love them very much, who have always been active in their lives. They were homeschooled and we were always together, a super close-knit family. One day my kids had a loving, mother and father, the next they are completely cut from their lives!! Not even permitted phone calls! They have completely severed our familial bonds, for over a year without reason. Without a court proceeding. WV statute states that no more than 30 days after placing a child in foster care, there must be a permanency hearing for something else they just chose not to do. My innocent children are forced to suffer at the hands of their government, and no-one wants to get involved, no one cares!! The trauma my once happy, fun-loving kids are being forced to endure is severe and will have life long consequences. We have not been given anything about our kids. As if we are no longer their parents! Our 9 and 10-year-old sons were placed in a foster home where they were being abused.
Shortly after cps supervisor told me my kids are doing great in school, the GAL alleges that my 9 and 10-year-old sons who are not. She even made a comment, that she was going to hold them back!! To justify their malicious shit, she makes my kids suffer even more!! I do not believe this one bit! I think this is yet another one of her lies. But even if it were true, these are the 2 kids completely isolated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known and were physically abused. The Judge ordered that the GAL get our kid’s medical records. I recently just found out that when she received these medical records in November 2019, she also obtained many of my records and information. Documents that show my blood type, my parent’s medical history, including my mother’s psychological issues.
Medications I was prescribed for depression after I had my daughter. This entire year our kids have been in foster care and we have not been informed of anything. We have not been given documents showing our kid’s school performance or medical treatments or medications they have been prescribed. We have not legally lost our parental rights, but in reality, they have been stripped from us. Our daughter, at one time, was thought to have appendicitis, yet we were never made aware of this! She (our 13 years old) was eventually diagnosed with constipation and was given morphine, intravenously, without our consent or even knowledge. They also gave her some kind of scan in which she was shot full of radioactive material…. without our consent or even knowledge of it. Our 16-year-old had a tooth removed and was given hydrocodone 7.5 without our consent or knowledge! Our 9-year-old son has been given depacote and medicine for ADHD, without our consent or even knowledge of!!! We have had no say so in the poisons put in our kid’s bodies, to the point we are finding out about things that have happened to them and what they were given, a year after it happened! Every time we bring up our kids needing their parents, the GAL or Prosecutor, Anne Armstrong, chimes in and says, “kids are happy.” And just the most recent time she made this statement, app. A month later, we found out that our 14-year-old daughter tried to commit suicide, bc she wants her mommy and daddy, she wants her life back. And when the prosecutor stated that the kids were happy, she knew she had done so, had been harming herself, and had spent 2 weeks in a facility because of it!! We were completely in the dark about it! They have no rules or laws to follow, and because of their abuse of power and position, and total disregard for due process in the best interests of our kids, our family, especially our kids are suffering.
I stood up and said, we still have our parental rights, don’t we, so they have to give us that stuff. He responded, “No, your parental rights are suspended.” There have been absolutely no attempts to reunify our family. They took our kids and ensured no contact or connection what so ever. They are simply trying to make our kids forget about us! Rather than having hearings, or acknowledging the truth. Intentionally continuing our hearing over and over and over again to ensure we do not get a final order that we can appeal. We are good parents and we have a strong and eternally bonded family unit, my kids will never forget us!! They will never forget the amazing family we have. We have repeatedly requested that the judge speak to our kids, especially our 16 and 14-year-olds.
We have protested in DC and in front of the courthouse, the GAL took pics and then amended the petition to add to our protest and presented pics of our signs. Which really pissed the judge off. He tells us we are not allowed to protest or talk about our case with anyone with the threat of jail! They are taking the secrecy of these types of cases, as they are meant to protect children who are really abused, and using it to hide their crimes against American families. They are manipulating the law and system to hide their criminal enterprise. Abusing their power and positions to strip people of their constitutionally protected rights. On our protest signs, we wrote: “My kids are not currency for your federal funding “Anne Armstrong (prosecutor) “state-sanctioned kidnapper” and “Kristen Antolini (GAL) Molestor of children’s rights” This really pissed off the GAL, she began saying things in front of and/or to my kids. She told them that their mom is crazy. That their mom is a whore. And that their parents are really bad, they just don’t realize it. She also told them that she hates their parents and she will make sure we never see them again which has proven to be so. She is intentionally, emotionally and psychologically abusing my kids. These people, especially the GAL are monsters. And is capable of anything, and she remains over the interests of my children. I question her character, her ability to be a GAL to any child, I question her sanity and sobriety. She has never expressed the wishes of my kids, which is her job. If her recommendations differ from the wishes of the kids, she is supposed to request a 2nd GAL be appointed, Something that has never been done!
In October, it was ordered that the Judge was going to have an on-camera interview with our kids. A year after being taken, the Judge was finally going to speak to our kids. But we found out that they didn’t do this in-camera interview, instead, they drove our kids hours to the courtroom, and had a secret meeting with the Judge. In which the Judge, cps worker, prosecutor, and GAL were all present. I have requested numerous times to be able to obtain transcripts of this meeting with my kids, and the judge denies us access to them. Then in emails with GAL, she states that there is no record of the meeting. This is absolutely shocking. That the people who hold position and title in Preston County, WV are permitted to be criminals, and no one cares, because they are who they are. These criminals must be held accountable, as our 6 kids and I’m sure many others are suffering at their hands. They are trafficking kids for money and leaving the parents and their children, and their once happy family left in the rubble. They are not conscious and they have no respect for the laws they are entrusted with upholding. Just a cowboy with a gavel, as the rogue judges, and other officials, wreak havoc and destroy families, deprive the citizens of their constitutional rights and to due process!! And if there is no one to care for, these families, these children will continue to suffer devastating fates.
Over 100 Families
Over 100 families have come forward from Preston County, West Virginia alone who has or had children that were taken and nobody has any court orders on it. Some of the children have not been seen or heard from in years and they do not know if their children are alive or dead.