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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36 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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    1. Can they file an appeal? This little boy needs to be taken from this woman. And she should be put away for life. Why would the judge not listen to a dr in this case? He done this baby wrong and I hope if something terribly wrong happens to this baby it lies on his mind the rest of his life.

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      1. I totally Agree! The System Has Failed this little boy anyone can see he is Scared to death of her! I Pray GOD will watch over him until he is returned to his Father! I Hope someone shows the Judge this Video! And I hope they Can’t sleep at night after watching it!!! And does the right thing & returns the little boy back to 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. The father had sole custody…and felt it in the best interest of Mickey to keep him away from his abusive, drug loving mother. I praise his father for doing that. Did you see Mickey’s reaction to seeing and staying with his mother…..can’t blame him one bit for not wanting to go with her to her house….house of torture & horror.

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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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  5. Is there any updates on the little one? Has he been returned back to his father? If not,is there another court date set for the child to possibly go back to his dad?

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  6. If I could I’d go in front of that judge and have him hear from my story and life and the long term affects that an abusive parent has on a child I’m ready! This is extremely wrong to be doing to this young boy and all kids that go through child abuse in any form. My heart is breaking. How does one write to the judge? Our system is not working and I stand with anyone else that’s willing to take a stand on helping our children.

    I just published my first poetry book and it has some poetry in it about child abuse amongst other things I’ve been through called Open Boxed Poetry on Amazon. I am extremely saddened to see this happening.
    Is there anything we can do to help? Why is this boy going through this, we’re supposed to be protecting our children not harming them. There’s got to be a way to fix this. I am praying and sending Lots of Love to this young boy and all children in harm’s way. What are some ways to help this young boy right now?

    Mother, Father (Written By: Deanna Culver a child abuse survivor)

    Mother and Father you have given me life While growing up, I thought you were always right
    Mother, with your hurtful hands blocking your way, you could not see me
    Father, you were gone so much working hard to financially support us
    I always wondered where you were in order to protect me
    In what way Father, I did not know but as I look deep within myself now I know
    You were here and there in silence
    It does not make these feelings any easier
    When you’d finally come home you’d be too tired to notice, just how much Mother had hurt me
    Voices were silent for fear of the wrong touch
    My eyes were so heavy with tears swollen shut
    For Father, if you would have seen me you may have noticed
    Just how far I was cried and drained out Mother you hurt me in so many ways you may not have seen
    And, to let you know Mother I could not see you either
    You blinded me and covered me in hateful feelings I still hold
    Way long ago I did not know, but, as I go through each of my new days
    I can understand I must go on
    Your hands hurt me and your words so powerful I did believe
    My body still trembles is achy and tingling with thoughts of all that you continued to do to me Father, I was scared and alone just wondering where you had gone
    Unsure of when and if you would come back, I searched so far for so long, I thought you could protect me from such harm, Oh, How I was so wrong
    To have had the chance to call you DAD would have been nice
    But, Father, what is a Dad to you? For Mother and Father I can see now that the meaning of Mom and Dad is not what I had
    I am a child in an adult body
    For now I can see that it was not me but
    My Mother and Father who were not my Mom and Dad.
    This is me now with the child still in me expressing what You’ve taught me and that’s how NOT to be
    So, I Thank You for at least being my Mother and Father
    For I am Stronger without a Mom or Dad

    We need to be their voices!

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  7. I was taken from my mother, due to similar circumstances way back in the 60’s. I was placed in foster care and lived a very happy life with those people. I was lucky to have been able to stay with them over 10 years. It was what was best for me. Mickey, needs a safe and healthy environment. His mother will not change, I know this from experience. She’s into her drugs too deep and why the heck is she not back in jail after having a dirty pee test? That should have wiped out her reduced sentence at that very moment. Now they want to give her back the child that she abused, neglected and probably would have killed. What is our justice system thinking? The child has rights, more so than his abusive mother, at least I would hope. Give the child a chance and for God’s sake lock her up!

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  8. Please can i get a fund to get his Beautiful boy back to his father. The mother seem like she need to take her Medicine the mother got Bipolar ….Y’ALL need to take the kids away from his mother she’s will go back again to hurt that little boy again. I hope the child support Proctive services keeping the eye on that crazy a** woman. Wtf happen the court system what
    the Heck WRONG with you Judge what was you thinking😡 I’m going to Prayer for the father and his little Handsome to get his son back to their father🙏

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  9. Someone please go to social services, file a complaint and wellness check on this boy. I dont have good feelings, she will do anything even murder to keep that boy going back to his loving father. PLEASE PLEASE if anyone is near or in same county as this boy, please do a check up. If I lived even near I would do it myself

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  10. This is so sad and disgusting that any judge would take this beautiful boy from his father and give him back to a piece of shit mother!
    So so sad!! I hope he gets back to his dad.

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  11. That judge is a twat that poor boy was terrified to go back there and I don’t blame him she is a waste of space and I would take him to come and live with me. This needs to stop 🛑 NOW

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  12. The judge need to be sacked how could you give that boy back to his mother shame on you , if anything happened to him it’s your life sentence judge. Hope you sleep well at night do you think the poor boy will.

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