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Carl Brizzi: Prosecuting Battered Women

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Hey, Carl Brizzi.  I heard you say on the radio that you were personally going to prosecute this.  Do you take this view when a man who has beat his wife, girlfriend or child has a case come to your office?  How come so many men get away with not going to court for domestic violence?  How come, if they do make it into court and are found guilty, they are put in a “diversion” program?  How come if a child is sexually abused, the prosecutor’s office turns it head because it is in the middle of a “custody dispute” and doesn’t warrant going after?

An employee for the Marion County Prosecutor’s office, who has to remain anonymous, believes Kay’s story is legitimate, but could not take action due to the custody dispute.

How come domestic violence is a total joke in the courts of Marion County…if a Protective Order is issued…it will be dragged into family court for hearing?  And we know how the judges really take domestic violence seriously here (NOT).

Why are you so interested in punishing this battered woman?  A women in fear of her life also.   Shouldn’t you worry a little bit more about the batterers and the child sex abusers here?

From The Indianapolis Star:

Mother faces neglect charge in tot’s beating death

Woman left room because she couldn’t bear to watch fatal beating, Brizzi says

By Jon Murray

Posted: June 18, 2009

Marion County’s prosecutor filed a felony neglect charge Wednesday against a woman who, he said, is only the latest mother to stand by while a boyfriend killed her child.

Rachel Goodmann, 21, told investigators after the March 11 incident that she went to a bedroom because she couldn’t stand seeing her 15-month-old daughter, Lilliana Goodmann, being beaten with a belt, according to court documents.

The beating, in an apartment in the 2100 block of Amerherst Drive, led to Lilliana’s death two days later and a murder charge against Tayuan Chism, 18.  Goodmann, accused of failing to intervene or seek treatment for Lilliana, could face 20 to 50 years in prison if convicted.

“We’ve seen a pattern where mothers allow these men, who are not the natural fathers of their children, to use extreme discipline or even beat them,” Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said.

Brizzi said Goodmann, who cooperated with police after Lilliana’s beating, arranged to turn herself in today.

Prosecutors say Chism beat the toddler on and off with a belt for as long as two hours, leading to internal bleeding and a skull fracture.  Police said a man and a 17-year-old girl awoke to sounds of the beating, grabbed the girl and took her to the hospital.

Last month, in another child-death case, a Marion Superior Court judge told Charity Bailey, 22, mother of 3-year-old TaJanay Bailey, that she had been “passive toward the torture of your daughter.”  He gave her 35 years in prison. Her boyfriend, Lawrence L. Green, got a 65-year murder sentence.

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