Damn I hate hearing these kind of stories. It came through on an email list that I am on. It sets me on fire when first parents rights are violated. This is just plain wrong. How can a judge even allow this to go any further? Someone, somewhere made a buck. You can not violate a parents rights just because you want a kid. That situation will bite you on the ass. That child will grow up and hear this story. You will have to face the shame that you took a child away from his parents. Let that child go home to its parents. It doesn't have to happen this way. Folks its time to start writing again. This is another reason why we need open records.
Craig Lentz although he won his Missouri case concerning the 15 day Law pertaining to fathers rights he has many hoops to jump before baby Noah is back with them. You can read about it below there will be a hearing this Thursday to determine several things but one is visitation. We have no idea how the court will rule on visitation for Craig and Ibby but we want to be prepared if it does not go their way. We also know from past experiences our newspaper The Kansas City Star is not favorable in writing negative adoption stories. So here is the deal read their story and please from the bottom of our hearts please be ready to write our newspaper and tell them this story needs to be printed that is all we ask. I will let you know as soon as possible if we need your help. Baby Noah is 16 months old. This is a horrid story which no one can justify. thank you for taking the time
Actually the name of the commissioner that presided over our case is John F. Payne, not John R. Payne. Here are some links to corroborate some of the information and get more details:
Here is a link to the Supreme Court of Missouri opinion:
You can access the pdf file of Craig's brief in the briefs and arguments section of the Missouri Supreme Court website or through this link:
Here is a link to RSMo 453.030:
The pretrial hearing on the April 12th will be at:
The Family Justice Center
625 East 26th StreetKansas City, MO 64108(816) 474-3606
I have sent you the map and will be sending you the time.
I am trying to build support quickly. I have already gotten two people from my work to come and will be asking more. I will try to get members of my family to come also. When you email people you can give them this information to clarify things:
Noah Levi Bond's father Craig Lentz is challenging an adoption attempted by Megan and Stuart Taylor. I, Ibbaanika Bond, am Noah's mother and I was pressured by the Taylors to relinquish my parental rights. We went to the same church and they said they wanted to help me, instead they defrauded me out of my child through the family court system. Neither Craig nor I have ever been accused of any kind of abuse or neglect. Craig has been involved with Noah's care and support from the beginning, and he never signed his rights away. To date there have been two trials, the first in the Family Court Division of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Mo, the second in the Supreme Court of Mo. April 12th there will be a pretrial hearing to determine the date of the third trial along with visitation and other issues.
The Taylors have used RSMo 453.030 to claim that because Craig didn't get on the birth certificate until after the 15 day period following Noah's birth, he has no right to contest the adoption. Because of this law, Craig was denied the opportunity to present the mountain of evidence of his parental fitness and that he didn't abandon his son at the first trial, violating due process. The arbitrary and severe restriction of the 15 day law on an unwed father's rights, compounded by the state's failure to inform unwed fathers of this restriction by "wide means of publication", as was written into RSMo 453.030 itself, violates equal protection.
On February 14th the Supreme Court of Missouri reversed and remanded the adoption. Their opinion only stated how the 15 day law was misused in this case and not how it is altogether unconstitutional. Our case crippled this law because it can be used as case law if this situation were to arise again, but the law needs to be struck down completely. Exposure of this law and how it's being used to steal our son would help us get physical and legal custody of our son as soon as possible, finally putting an end to this injustice, and preventing this from happening to anyone else (especially those too poor to fight in court).
A protest, especially a large one, would draw media attention to this law and our case specifically. Because of the Supreme Court of Mo decision we have parental rights, what is at stake now is custody. Commissioner John R. Payne presided over the first trial and, apart from the use of the 15 day law, he perpetrated other acts of misconduct that violated our rights. Payne put us under a gag order, at the request of the Taylors, for the first trial (the Supreme Court of Mo wouldn't allow for the second trial), he affirmed the Taylors' additional claim that Craig abandonned his son, which was found to be completely groundless by the Supreme Court of Mo, he denied Craig a continuance when the Taylors were granted one, he decided in favor of the Taylor's request to prohibit a DNA test before Craig's lawyer was given his alotted time to respond, and he met with the Taylor's lawyer about the case without Craig's lawyer being notified. Our requests for a change of commissioner for the 3rd trial have so far been denied so our future is put in the hands of a man who is clearly biased against us and whose decision has been rejected by the Supreme Court because of us. Commissioner Payne has recently allowed the Taylors to file a request to adopt our son that is identical to the request that was rejected by the Supreme Court of Mo. It would be illegal for Payne to go against a Supreme Court of Mo decision and, if nothing else, consideration of this ludicrous request is allowing the Taylors to use a stalling tactic that creates bias in favor of a decision to grant them permanent custody. Payne's same bias is creeping up again, but this time we don't want him to be able to hide behind gag orders or the iron curtain of the family court. Because Criag and I have parental rights the only thing that should be considered is parental fitness in order for us to get custody. We are both very fit parents so we have the right to custody of our son. Payne should not allow anymore stalling, we and our son have a right to visitation now. Anything else is against Noah's best interest. A protest will show the support of the community. People in the community showing that they know and that they care about families being ripped apart will prevent Payne from flagrantly violating our rights again and further disgracing the reputation of the court. A protest will draw the media attention that will get higher authorities to put a check on the power he is abusing and force him to respect the rules of the court.
This demonstration will focus on the specific issue of reuniting us with Noah. It will protest the biased behavior of the family courts in general and Payne specifically. If it is large enough, it will help bring light to the plight of parents victimized by the adoption system and with the suffering caused by the neglect and outright abuse of the rights of the poorer, lower class people of America. I hope that anyone who cares about any of these things will be there.