Orange County Mishandling of Child Abuse Case of Lexi Dillon Fits an Alarming Pattern

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Save Lexi Dillon From Harm and Save Orange County $10 million!

By Malinda Sherwyn 

Feb 27, 2013 10:02 PM PST Fox 11 News reports on a recent confidential report — leaked to the Los Angeles Times — detailed terrible deficiencies inside the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services and the investigation of allegations that a father molested his own daughter.

Custody Fight: Allegations of Molestation

By Martin Burns, Investigative Producer, Feb 27, 2013

Police are investigating allegations a father molested his own daughter. Officers have removed the child from his home — twice.

So why did social workers — or someone — put her back with dad, the alleged molester, each time?

It’s a question we continue to investigate. But the answer is hidden from most public scrutiny. This Orange County custody battle is one of the stranger cases we’ve covered during our series, “Lost in the System.”

We’ve been reporting these cases for months.

Now a group of parents are organizing, trying to bring change to a system they say is abusing parents who bring charges of sexual abuse.

They claim even a parent who reports child abuse by their spouse is often punished.

Instead of the alleged abuser losing custody of the child, the reporting parent loses or has their custody rights curtailed.

It sounds hard to believe, but Fox 11 has seen case after case — all raising serious, troubling questions.

A recent confidential report — leaked to the Los Angeles Times — detailed terrible deficiencies inside the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services ” the department often responsible for investigating child abuse in court cases.

This only adds to the concern. We continue to look for insiders, whistle-blowers and others with information — pro or con — about DCFS and the Family and Dependency courts.

If you have any information, you may call (310) 584-2079 or email Martin Burns at Martin.

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October 18, 2013 WASHINGTON

Fight against child abuse loses another prominent voice

The death in late summer of Fox News investigative reporter and producer Martin Burns, came as a heavy blow to the many child advocates and suffering parents who looked to Burns’ award winning TV segments “Lost in the System,” to champion their fight for justice for child victims of abuse and trafficking.

The LA County Coroner allegedly visited Burns’ house on the day his body was discovered and reportedly told an inquisitive neighbour Burns had probably suffered a “catastrophic accident” but had only minor abrasions on his body from a fall. According to a spokesman from the coroner’s office, Burns’ body was recovered from a location 30′ east of the east edge of the Castle Canyon trail en route for Inspiration Point. Hikers familiar with the trail have commented they consider it unlikely Burns would have died from the fall alone and they suspect other factors were involved.

The LA County Coroner allegedly visited Burns’ house on the day his body was discovered and reportedly told an inquisitive neighbour Burns had probably suffered a “catastrophic accident” but had only minor abrasions on his body from a fall. According to a spokesman from the coroner’s office, Burns’ body was recovered from a location 30′ east of the east edge of the Castle Canyon trail en route for Inspiration Point. Hikers familiar with the trail have commented they consider it unlikely Burns would have died from the fall alone and they suspect other factors were involved.

Blogs and social media comments by individuals who seek clarity on the circumstances of Burns’ death draw specific attention to links with the deaths of three former Georgia state senators, Nancy Schaefer (R), Bobby Franklin (R) and Robert Brown (D) and documentary maker, Bill Bowen.

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Save Lexi Dillon From Harm and Save Orange County $10 million! 

Lexi Dillon, a 9-year-old American girl has credibly and consistently stated she has been physically, sexually and emotionally abused by her father, a Pakistani-Thai citizen who is being denied entry to the U.S. by Homeland Security reportedly for national security reasons. Though the Tustin Police Department found overwhelming evidence of the abuse, prosecutorial and social welfare misconduct have resulted in the father being given full custody of his minor daughter—-to him, a Suspected Child Rapist. The Tustin Police found enough evidence to request prosecution on six felony charges including:

California Penal Code Section 288 (a) – Lewd Act

California Penal Code Section 173 (a) (b) – Child Abuse

California Penal Code Section 188.5 – Continual Sexual Abuse of a Child

California Penal Code Section 289 (a) (1) (A) – Anal Penetration

California Penal Code Section 188 (a) (a) – Oral Copulation

California Penal Code Section 188.7 (b) – Oral Copulation with a Victim under 10 Years Old

Now Lexi is being held a virtual prisoner by handlers hired by her alleged abuser father. Her wish is to be with her mother who has never been accused of being an unfit parent. Her mother lives locally is a dentist and loves her daughter very much.

We are calling on the Orange County BOS to intercede and demand CPS fulfill their mandate to protect children. Robert Munoz, a senior social worker, was the chief witness that led the family court judge to give full custody to Lexi’s abuser. Munoz was investigated by the County for perjury and violating the policies and principles of Social Services Agency.

The agency has since relieved Mr. Munoz of his position but refuses to protect Lexi knowing full well their employee endangered this child.

We have a moral, fiscal and emotional responsibility to act now before it’s too late and the OC Social Services agency allows a 9-year-old innocent child to wind up in Thailand, which is not signatory to the Hague convention. The agency is well aware this is illegal under U.S. Law.

On Friday, June 6, 2014, a travel ban was lifted that had prevented the father’s handlers from removing her from Orange County. She could disappear at any time and is in imminent danger of being sent to Thailand as a child sex slave. Lexi is prevented from talking to anyone who will help because they fear she knows too much.

And if she does disappear, it’s the Orange County taxpayer who will pay the emotional and financial bill. We have a moral responsibility to do anything and everything we can to save this little girl or we will be riddled with guilt and required to pay when the family sues the County and wins.

We are calling on the Orange County BOS to intercede and demand Child Protective Services (CPS) remove Lexi from an abusive situation, take her into protective custody and reunite mother and daughter.

You will recall the Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick case that cost Orange County $10.6 million, when a jury, and later the Fourth District Court of Appeals, agreed that two social workers lied to take away a woman’s daughters. The appellate court stated:

“The fact that a very well respected member of the superior court bench viewed the issuance of injunctive relief as necessary here highlights the egregiousness of defendants’ (Social Services Agency) conduct in this case. Stated plainly, the outcome of this case cannot be dismissed as merely the unfortunate product of a runaway jury. The evidence adduced at trial obviously caused both the jury and the judge to conclude not only that something seriously wrong was done to Fogarty-Hardwick in this case, but also that the wrongful conduct was not an isolated incident. That conclusion is something the County should be taking very seriously.”

If Lexi Dillon is not returned to her mother the cost to the county could exceed the $14 million paid out in the Fogarty-Hardwick case. Shawn McMillan, Fogarty-Hardwick’s attorney is quoted, “In my view, the taxpayers in Orange County should be pissed. This never should have gone this far.”

Shawn McMillan, Fogarty-Hardwick’s attorney is quoted, “In my view, the taxpayers in Orange County should be pissed. This never should have gone this far.” (In addition, the county incurred another $1 million of its own legal costs in the case.) The county’s liability leaped from $1 million in fiscal 2009 to $14 million in fiscal 2011.

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The Lexi Dillon case underscores the fact that the Fogarty-Hardwick case was not an isolated incident but rather business as usual for CPS. 

The BOS needs to act now before it’s too late and costs the taxpayers millions

The one click form below will send your personal message to all five Orange County Board of Supervisors with the subject ” Save Lexi Dillon From Harm and Save Orange County $10 million.”

Bring Lexi

Please sign the petition to help Protect Lexi Dillon!

We are calling on the Orange County BOS to intercede and demand CPS remove Lexi from an abusive situation, take her into protective custody and reunite mother and daughter.

At the same time you could also send your personal comments as a letter to the editor of your nearest local daily newspaper.

•  Click here to read about this case in the OC Register.

•  Click here to read more about Lexi at the Voice of Orange County.

•  Also visit Bring Lexi Home Now and Save Lexi

You might also call, email or fax the following public officials who can intercede in this matter and bring about a quick and fair resolution:

Shawn Nelson

Supervisor, 4th District

Hall of Administration

333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone: 714.834.3440

Fax: 714.834.2045

Email: Shawn.Nelson@ocgov.com

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Patricia C. Bates

Supervisor, 5th District

Phone: 714.834.3550

Fax 714.834.2670

Email: Patricia.Bates@ocgov.com

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Janet Nguyen

Supervisor, 1st District

Phone: 714.834.3110

Fax: 714.834.5754

Email: Janet.Nguyen@ocgov.com

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Todd Spitzer

Supervisor, 3rd District

(714) 834-3330

Fax (714) 834-2786

Email: Todd.Spitzer@ocgov.com

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John Moorlach

Supervisor, 2nd District

Phone: (714) 834-3220

Fax: (714) 834-6109

Email: John.Moorlach@ocgov.com

Blogs and social media comments by individuals who seek clarity on the circumstances of Burns’ death draw specific attention to links with the deaths of three former Georgia state senators, Nancy Schaefer (R), Bobby Franklin (R) and Robert Brown (D) and documentary maker, Bill Bowen.

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