Three children who refused to have lunch with their father were ordered to be sent to a juvenile detention center.
For violating a court ordered custody agreement, the judge ordered that the three Tsimhoni children must remain in custody until their 18th birthday.
“I’ll tell you this,” she said. “You two don’t have a nice lunch with your dad and make this up to your dad you’re going to come back here at 1:30 and I’m going to have the deputies take you to Children’s Village [a juvenile lock up with over 100 offenders].”
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” she went to say after the children said they did not want to have lunch with their father. “Your dad is a good man who loves you. You have been brainwashed. You are brainwashed. This is not normal behavior.”
According to Mirror, Judge Gorcyca said that the children, who have been sent to a juvenile facility at Children’s Village, are allowed to meet their father but not their mother.
She also ordered that the children should “be kept away from each other as much as possible.”
The judge compared the children to Charles Manson and his cult, as reported by Fox 2 News.
Maya Tsimhoni, the mother, said, “No matter how bad the divorce gets, I think the court should not punish the kids for that.”
When Tsimhoni’s son said that he did not want to have lunch with his father “because he is violent and I saw him hit my mom,” Judge Gorcyca rebuked the statement, saying that the son had been influenced.
Tsimhoni said, “Since that day I cannot eat, I cannot sleep. I cannot understand something like that can even happen in this country.”
The kids are now being made to stay in the juvenile facility with troubled or neglected children. Some of the children were arrested as criminals.
Lisa Stern, who represents Tsimhoni, said, “I have been doing family law for 20 years and I must say this shocks the conscience. I think we have a court with the best interest of children in mind. I think the judge was very concerned about reunification of this family, but went about it the wrong way.
“I know laws were violated and I know that the children were punished for crimes they did not commit.”
When asked whether sending the kids to juvenile center was the proper course of action, Stern said, “There are so many steps you can take before you can … they would never get to a Children’s Village.”
“I want them back home,” Tsimhoni said. “Help them heal, give them the love they need and deserve.”
The power to have the children released lies with the father. However, he left for Israel the day after the hearing and will be back after two weeks.
Tsimhoni appealed for an emergency hearing, but her appeal was denied.
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