Press Release – Mikey Cadena

PRESS RELEASE

MASSACHUSETTS JUDGE DENIES CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST TESTIMONY IN UPCOMING EVIDENTIARY HEARING

Child may be removed from the safety of his current home and returned to the “care” of his abuser as early as August 31, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 25, 2018

Boston, MA – Mikey Cadena Jr., 4 years old, has a wonderful life in Massachusetts healing under the care and custody of his father.  An active dad throughout his child’s life, Michael Cadena Sr. was awarded sole physical and legal custody of his son close to two years ago after Mikey was taken from his mother, Amber Buck.  While Ms. Buck had pending charges for receiving 5-lbs of marijuana in the mail, she was charged with five additional Class X felonies, one Class 4 felony, and Child Endangerment after a March 28, 2016 raid on the home where she lived with Mikey. The raid exposed an active “meth lab,” 204.9 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, six types of gun ammunition, and dirty syringes in reach of the children and by their toothbrushes.

Under Illinois law, 730 ILCS 5/5-8-1(a)(3), Class X felonies are the most serious and classified just under murder for severity, which is why probation is not an option. Each Class X felony is a 6 to 30-year sentence. Lucky for Ms. Buck, many charges were dropped, she pled guilty, and then was given probation.  Unfortunately for Mikey, the dismissed charges included those that held her accountable for the neglect and abuse he suffered during her parenting time.  The Pediatric Resource Center for Child Abuse and Neglect (PRC) in Peoria, Illinois examined Mikey and documented multiple injuries he incurred while under the care of Ms. Buck, including: severe bruising, blunt force trauma, a human bite mark, black eyes, anal bleeding and tear with swab test done, forehead bruising, rope burns on ankles and wrists, burned fingers, sores, misplaced hips, and excessive dental problems leading to a 3 hour surgery when he was just two-years old.

Mr. Cadena resided in Illinois but when the Illinois Court found Ms. Buck unfit and did not stipulate any parenting time, Mr. Cadena notified his Attorney and relocated to his hometown in Massachusetts due to constant threats.  After Ms. Buck was able to get her charges reduced and plead out, the chase was on. Blaming a procedural error by Mr. Cadena’s former attorney, the Illinois Court is working hard to remove Mikey from his stable home in Massachusetts, return him to Illinois, and reunite him with his abuser.  And now, although the Massachusetts Court had issued an emergency temporary stay to keep Mikey safe from his abuser, a blow was dealt yesterday in the form of a denial.

Massachusetts Judge Paul M. Cronan has ruled that Dr. Carol Garfinkle, Mikey’s psychologist working through play therapy, cannot testify at the four-hour evidentiary hearing that will be held on August 31, 2018 at 9 am in Norfolk Probate Court.  As are the rules of the court, Judge Cronan does not need to provide details of the reasoning behind his decision, just a yes or no answer.  Friday’s hearing is scheduled to determine if Mikey will be safe to return to his mother’s “care”.  Dr. Garfinkle has been a strong advocate for Mikey and has stated, “it would be extremely detrimental to Mikey’s sense of safety to uproot him from his current environment in Massachusetts” a dramatic move that would be “re-traumatizing and destabilizing for this child.”

Family, friends, and community members – who affectionately call themselves Mikey’s Village – are rallying around this loving child as they deal with this latest blow in the four-year saga of trying to help him grow up in a healthy, stable, and caring home.  For people outside of the courtroom, it is difficult to see the logic in this decision and why a system allegedly designed to keep us safe appears to blatantly disregard a child’s best interest.  Questions arise.  What has happened to this great country of ours that we allow a child who has been given a second chance to live an abuse and neglect free life to have that chance forfeited so his abuser can have another one?  Why are Ms. Buck’s second chances more important than Mikey’s right to a life free from abuse and neglect?  Why do we place higher value on an adult over a child?  Why do we place a healthy/thriving child back to a mother who is still on probation and has tested positive for methamphetamine, a drug that has a 97% recovery failure rate? Hopefully, Mikey and his village will learn that humane treatment is not obsolete in the courts and the country, and this little boy will be allowed to continue growing and healing in his Massachusetts home.

Mr. Cadena is being represented by Shapiro Law Group located in Woburn MA and is available to answer any questions or comments.

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20 thoughts on “Press Release – Mikey Cadena

  1. This is such an incredibly sad situation at the moment. The very idea that this precious little boy might have to reunite with his abuser. I pray to God that it never happens and that he can remain with his father.

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  2. Sad to say for all the years we have had a child welfare system and all of the money and research that has gone into making it a positive force we have uncaring judges that make decisions based on partial evidence and remedial thinking. No matter how well developed a system is it only takes a few idiots to screw things up. Judges need to held accountable for their decisions!!!! Sadly, they ARE above the law.

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      1. I couldn’t agree more.

        I know of one female local judge that I am going to do what I can to see that she never steps foot into a court room as a judge by opposing her if she tries to seek re-election. Signs, fliers, radio broadcast, newspapers, etc. what ever it takes to get the word out. Get rid of her as a judge!

        Having been thru a guardianship case myself I myself don’t understand why judges rule like they can without any explanation. Actually what we need is a court to put judges on trial too.

        One reason they will probably never let me sit on a jury is because I believe in jury nullification to thumb my nose at law makers and judges for their ignorant laws and rulings. .

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  3. My faith is in the court system. There are a lot of people involved with the case, scrutinizing every aspect, and I’m praying for a mother and son reunion. The father broke the law by leaving the state with Mikey. I hope, if the father has pay penalty — maybe jail time — he too can continue to be part of the child’s life. So many prayers.

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    1. Your faith is in the court system? I thought your faith was in God. Pray for God’s mercy on the child abuser. There is a verse in the Bible about putting a millstone around the neck of someone who hurts a little one—a child. That can be found in the New Testament. Look it up.

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    2. Hey, Serving Him, the father may have broken the laws of man-think Pharisees. The mother broke the laws of God. Get with the program. I’ll pray for your soul, that you find salvation.

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      1. It is sad indeed when the merciless laws of man (in a pound of law not an ounce of compassion) are put above the law of decency and compassion by someone who portrays themselves as a “good Christian, serving Him” Serving Him actually serves as a useful idiot serving the government machine if the truth was known.

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    3. Serving makes a point, even if accidentally, in their support of the Court system. Many talk about the justice system – in most places, there is no justice system, there is a legal system – The law gets applied, and that is what passes for justice. Here in McLean County, we do not have even a legal system – we have a Court system – Of, by, and for the Judges, with the law as a secondary consideration, and justice is an afterthought at best.

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      1. This is to serving him. “The father broke the law”? I’m confused is manufacturing methamphetamine for distribution legal? Is abusing a child legal? Stop hiding behind the cross and spewing foolishness. You’re mentally ill.

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  4. Is there any way to reach out to Mikey’s family and or to get an update on this case. I am praying for him to be returned but would like to help in any way possible. As a first time Mom this story sickens me! I’d rather die than to see my kid placed back into the hands of an abusive mother with a drug problem. She needs to be monitored and forced to go o rehab.

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