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Attention Indiana Lawmakers and DSC, CPS: Don’t Take the Children, Take the ABUSER Away

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When will they start taking abusers seriously?  The victim and children don’t ask for it…although some people here think they do.

Whenever the Department of Child Services responds to calls of domestic violence, “the first thing we do is see if the children need to be removed”

No, remove the violent abusive father and don’t put him in some Mickey Mouse diversion program, and the problem is solved.  Why are DCS, CPS, and the rest ofthese Indiana state agencies still holding this mentality?  Don’t take the children, take the abuser away…for a LONG time.  In this case, this Bozo is currently in the crowbar hotel, but many abusers get away with an out…and that out is diversion programs.

Nobody in this state takes domestic violence seriously, nor do they take abusers seriously.

Estranged husband with gun arrested

By SOPHIA VORAVONG • • September 3, 2009

A rural Lafayette teenager who called 911 late Tuesday, reporting that her father had a firearm and was threatening her mother, could be credited with saving her mother’s life.

Tippecanoe County sheriff’s deputies who were called at 11 p.m. to the family’s home on Primrose Path, off County Road 200 East, found a loaded and cocked handgun in the father’s waistband, according to court documents.

The father, Flavio M. Gonzalez, 40, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, domestic battery, intimidation with a deadly weapon and resisting law enforcement.

He was being held Wednesday in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a $250,000 surety bond.

The mother, Yolanda Gonzalez, was able to get away from her estranged husband. She suffered a minor injury to one hand but was otherwise unharmed, Sheriff Tracy Brown said.

He said the couple’s four children, ranging in age from 7 to 16, were in the house when deputies arrived. They also were unharmed. Brown said a 15-year-old dialed 911.

The Tippecanoe County prosecutor’s office on Wednesday was granted a request to hold Flavio Gonzalez for 72 hours, not including weekends and Labor Day.

That would give the prosecutor’s office until Tuesday to file formal charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday with the 72-hour hold request, Yolanda and Flavio Gonzalez had been married for nearly 16 years but are going through divorce proceedings.

Yolanda Gonzalez told investigators that her estranged husband recently lost his job due to a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He allegedly was drinking Tuesday night and got angry over a bill for a vehicle that belongs to one of their daughters. Yolanda Gonzalez told investigators that Flavio Gonzalez allegedly ordered her to say goodbye to their children and forced her into the garage.

She claims that her estranged husband made her kneel down and that he was waving a handgun at her.

Sheriff’s deputies reported hearing two people yelling and a loud smack near the garage, followed by more shouting and a door slamming shut, when they arrived on Primrose Path.

Flavio Gonzalez allegedly ignored commands by Lt. Scott Hodson to stop and put his hands in the air. Other deputies who came around the back of the garage were able to stop him.

Along with the handgun, deputies found several cell phones and a knife on Flavio Gonzalez.

“An action that he took with the firearm, directed at his wife, is the reason for the preliminary charge of attempted murder,” Brown said.

Brown declined further clarification, pending formal charges.

The Indiana Department of Child Services also was called out because children were involved. Angela Smith Grossman, director of the Tippecanoe County branch, said she was unable to discuss the case because of privacy laws.

Whenever the Department of Child Services responds to calls of domestic violence, “the first thing we do is see if the children need to be removed,” Grossman said.

Flavio Gonzalez, who appeared before a court magistrate on Wednesday, is scheduled for another hearing this afternoon because he requested a language interpreter.


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  1. I looked up this incident and found another account with a photo:
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On September 1, 2009 at approximately 11:00p, deputies from the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence located just off of County Road 200 East in southern Tippecanoe County. They were dispatched to the residence after a child had called 911 and reported that her father had a gun and was threatening to kill her mother.
    Following an investigation into the incident, Flavio Gonzalez, age 39, of Lafayette, IN was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder (I.C. 35-42-1-1), Domestic Battery (I.C. 35-42-2-1.3), Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon (I.C. 35-45-2-1), Criminal Confinement with a Deadly Weapon ( I.C. 35-42-3-3), and Resisting Law Enforcement (I.C. 35-44-3-3).
    He is currently being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a $100,000.00 bond

    Another site you might want to watch shows upcoming oral arguments:

    For example, here’s another Mom trying to get her kids back from DCS, and here’s DCS appealing the decision, now that they have their paws on the kids (from last April): Useful acronym when wanting to sock it to her on the “CHIN”:

    “Children (alleged to be) In Need of Services.” (CHINS).

    I call it ambulance chasing. MISS Gonzalez (above) was a daughter in need of some car repair bill (Child In Need of Transportation?) and MRS> Gonazalez was a WINS Woman In Need of Services. Let’s hope what she got this time (the rescue) will stick.

    For novices among readers: One of the triggers of a violent attack from a batterer is showing up as a “PINS” Person In Need of $$.

    This is frequent, as one means of control is controlling the family finances, no matter who’s working where and for how long.

    Then again, almost anything could “trigger” violence in these situations. This is why books like “Walking on Eggshells” sell so well. It’s such a common human experience.

    Anyhow, I’m not in INdiana, but I bet this lawblog would be interesting.
    Next Monday, April 20th:

    10:00 AM – In The Matter of T.A., & K.S., (Children Alleged to be Children in Need of Services) Lynette F., (Natural Mother) vs. Department of Child Services Pulaski County – Pulaski County Department of Child Services removed T.A. and K.S. from the home of their mother, Lynette F., pending an investigation into the sudden death of their 14-year old sibling, J.S. After an autopsy report concluded J.S.’s death was accidental and directly caused by a prescription error, Mother and DCS agreed to a timeline for the return of T.A. and K.S. to Mother culminating on August 3, 2007. DCS failed to return the children on August 3. Mother filed a motion to hold DCS in contempt on August 6, and the trial court ordered DCS to return the children to Mother on August 9. DCS later filed a motion to discharge Mother’s motion for contempt, which the trial court granted after a hearing. Mother filed a motion to correct error, which the trial court granted, and now appeals. The Scheduled Panel Members are: Judges Riley, Robb and Bradford. [Where: Ivy Hall at Ivy Tech, 3101 South Creasy Lane, Lafayette, Indiana]

    Missing My Daughters

    September 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm

  2. Thanks for the comment. Yes, the Indiana Law Blog is one of my frequent reads…thanks for bringing it up, I need to add it to our link list for sure!


    September 5, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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