San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2005
When a divorced mother, with a live in-nanny and fiancÃ©, becomes too pregnant to drive, she will lose her right to any visitation with her children. That is what Family Court Judge Patricia Garcia ruled yesterday, in a hotly contested child custody matter in Chula Vista (DS 022-320, San Diego Superior Court, Southern Division).
Judge Garcia ruled that a young mother, Cynthia Venie, who is again pregnant with her fourth child, is the only person allowed to pick up her two daughters from their fatherÂs home every other week. When it was explained to Judge Garcia that Ms. Venie had difficulty in the past with her pregnancies and that she might not be able to drive herself, the Judge ordered that she would lose her right to spend time with her two daughters from her first marriage.
"I was shocked by this order from the Court," said Ms. VenieÂs attorney, Jon M. Pettis. "It seems to suggest that because she is pregnant, she should have fewer rights as a parent. That is outrageous and discriminatory. The Court knows Ms. Venie has responsible adults in her home to assist her in caring for the children. The Court also has been informed that the father chooses to leave the children at homes where a convicted drug dealer and documented gang member lives and another, where a mother has been accused of failing to protect her own children from many years of sexual abuse."
This was in the wake of earlier hearings where evidence was presented to the same Judge accusing Ms. VenieÂs ex-husband, Noel Alfsen of sending nearly 20 threatening e-mail messages to Ms. VenieÂs fiancÃ©. In one of the emails, Mr. Alfsen allegedly threatened to "Laci Petersen" his former wife and her unborn child. However, despite extensive testimony and evidence from Mr. AlfsenÂs on-line provider showing he was using his e-mail at or near the time of all the messages, Judge Garcia refused to accept the e-mails into evidence and denied a request for a restraining order protecting Ms. Venie or her children.
"IÂll keep going to pick up my daughters as long as I can," cried Ms. Venie. "ItÂs because I want to see them and raise them, but also, because I am also terrified about what can be happening to them when they are not with me. I just hope this doesnÂt hurt the baby inside me."
Mr. Chip Venie
Attorney / RespondentÂs FiancÃ©
Mr. Jon M. Pettis
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