Mar 27, 2010
Dean Click has been successful at hunting down and capturing Wendy Hill for the crime of raising her own child. Dean Click manipulated the court system taking custody of Jessica Click-Hill from her mother over 14 years ago despite Jessica’s complaints. California courts have been notorious for awarding custody to men whose children complain of abuse, basing custody decisions on hypothetical theories such as “Parental Alienation Syndrome” made up by pedophile sympathizing doctor named Richard Gardner. After continued complaints by her daughter, Wendy Hill then disobeyed a custody order in an effort to protect her child. Wendy Hill has been arrested after being tracked down like an animal. Thankfully, Jessica is able to finally speak for herself. It’s time that her complaints are listened to. Jessica is saying that she does not want to see Dean Click and that he molested her. She has changed her name and is still in hiding, afraid that her father “is going to find me and show up on my doorstep.”
Dean Click has maligned both Wendy Hill and Jessica Click-Hill claiming that it is Jessica that suffers from mental illness and that she has been brainwashed by her mother. Such claims are impossible to prove and are subjective and self-serving. This story of Wendy Hill protecting her child is very similar to another California case where a mother named Joyce Murphy fled with her daughter to protect her. Henry Parson, Joyce Murphy’s ex-husband, also claimed to be falsely accused and that Joyce too had “Parental Alienation Syndrome.” Joyce and her daughter were also hunted down and captured. Unfortunately, her daughter was under 18 and she lost custody of her for 6 years. Had Henry Parson not been caught on video molesting children, to this day he would still be saying that he was falsely accused and that Joyce was mentally ill with Parental Alienation Syndrome.
Once a mother is accused of being an “alienator” she is usually accused of being dangerous to the child and that she coaches, brainwashes, and alienates her children from the father. It’s the same rhetoric in case after case. Parental Alienation Syndrome is a catchphrase that convicts. It is used to blame other people for making things up and to deflect blame onto others. Allegations of alienation are used to malign and destroy relationships between protective parents and their children. This disorder is not a medically or scientifically accepted syndrome. It has been repeatedly denounced as junk science. Any person accusing someone who is trying to protect a child of this disorder needs to be closely scrutinized. It needs to be made illegal to accuse victims of being mentally ill or liars as it re-victimizes the victims and is yet one more way to inflict abuse on them.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges published a warning in their 2009 publication, “A Judicial Guide to Child Safety in Custody Cases”
C. [§3.3] A Word of Caution about Parental Alienation
Under relevant evidentiary standards, the court should not accept testimony regarding parental alienation syndrome, or “PAS.” The theory positing the existence of PAS has been discredited by the scientific community.35 In Kumho Tire v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999), the Supreme Court ruled that even expert testimony based in the “soft sciences” must meet the standard set in the Daubert case.36 Daubert, in which the court re-examined the standard it had earlier articulated in the Frye37 case, requires application of a multi-factor test, including peer review, publication, testability, rate of error, and general acceptance. PAS does not pass this test. Any testimony that a party to a custody case suffers from the syndrome or “parental alienation” should therefore be ruled inadmissible and stricken from the evaluation report under both the standard established in Daubert and the earlier Frye standard.38
The discredited “diagnosis” of PAS (or an allegation of “parental alienation”), quite apart from its scientific invalidity, inappropriately asks the court to assume that the child’s behaviors and attitudes toward the parent who claims to be “alienated” have no grounding in reality. It also diverts attention away from the behaviors of the abusive parent, who may have directly influenced the child’s responses by acting in violent, disrespectful, intimidating, humiliating, or discrediting ways toward the child or the other parent. 12
The same ideas behind Parental Alienation Syndrome can be used just by claiming a protective parent is lying or is not credible as in the cases of Katie Tagle and Amy Castillo. Both mothers had concerns for the safety of their children and they were maligned as liars and their credibility was questioned. Both mothers had their worst fears come true. Amy Castillo’s three children were drowned by their father. Katie Tagle’s son Wyatt was shot by his father in January. It’s time to stop blaming protective parents and children and start questioning the credibility of people who point their finger at others.
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