(Oakland County, Michigan, July 2015) : Judge Lisa Gorcyca ordered 3 siblings ages 14,10 and 9 to have a “healthy relationship” with their allegedly abusive father, and after they failed to comply, the children were taken from their home and forcibly imprisoned in a juvenile detention facility.
According to court records, one of the children claimed that he does not want to visit his father, “Because he is violent and I saw him hit my mom.” Judge Gorcyca dismissed the allegations, stating that she believes the boy is being “brainwashed“. Judge Gorcyca went to so far to compare the children to Charles Manson and his (brainwashed) cult. Incredibly, before she became a judge, Gorcyca worked in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office as chief of the Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Units.
When the children refused to visit their father, Judge Gorcyca ordered that they be held at Oakland County’s Children’s Village Juvenile Detention Facility until age 18, or until they agree to visits with their father. Mother, Maya Tsimhoni, is not allowed to visit the children.
The biological father is in Israel for work, and is not expected to return to the U.S. for several weeks. The father does have the ability to request that the children be released. As of yet, there has been no public comment.
Maya Tsimhoni attempted to appeal but had to do so in front of Judge Gorcyca, and her request was denied. A follow up hearing is scheduled for September.
(North Huntingdon, PA, 1998) A similar situation happened in the Greico case – where 3 brothers refused to visit their biological father claiming that he is abusive, and scares them. Common Pleas Judge John J. Driscoll forced the children to visit their father under the guise of “threat therapy” – meaning that if they did not comply, their mother would be thrown in jail.
Father, Louis Greico, hired the notorious Dr. Richard Gardner as his expert witness in the custody case. Dr. Gardner is the creator of the widely discredited “parental alienation syndrome”. Dr. Gardner’s support of pedophilia and his unconventional methods on how to treat children in custody disputes has come under fire by medical, legal, and other experts who claim Gardner’s theories are detrimental to domestic violence survivors, are scientifically unproven and are biased against women. Despite this, the judge found the allegations of the brothers to be without merit, and heavily relied on Dr. Gardner’s testimony and unproven theories stating the boys were being “brainwashed” and needed an aggressive treatment called “threat therapy”.
The boys complied with the visits, under duress. After a year of “threat therapy”, the children’s relationship with their father had not improved; and their emotional state was growing worse. Karen Scott, mother, attempted to change the court order, which was denied. On the night of his death, Nathan searched the house for the recent court order, the last words he read were a sentence from a judge who was forcing him to visit the father he feared.
The Greico case is a cautionary tale, in which the aggressive actions of family court judges to reunite children, at any cost, has proven to have a devastating, even fatal, effect on children.
— EJ Perth
The Grieco Case (Pittsburgh Post Gazette): Casualties of a Custody War
Maya Tsimhoni story (My Fox Detroit) Judge orders kids held in juvenile center after refusing to see dad