Sanity appears to have a statute of limitations in Michigan. The same judge that ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court in June (but later rescinded the order) has now ordered Petty Officer Hindes’ daughter to make an unscheduled visitation with the young girl’s mother.
Hindes, a US Navy Information Systems Technician (SS) petty officer serving on a submarine in the Pacific, and his attorney originally invoked the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to keep the judge from handing the child back to the mother who had lost custody of her daughter. The judge had originally threatened to have custody of Kaylee given to her mother if Hindes did not appear in court while his submarine was deployed.
In a ruling on August 4th, Judge Noe ordered Kaylee Hindes to go to her mother’s for an unscheduled two week visit before her father returns from deployment. In addition, Noe also ordered Kaylee’s stepmother to remove notes and photos from her Facebook page that are related to the custody case.
Without going into too much information about this case, what is happening to this family already facing the hardship of a sailor’s deployment is criminal. The mother lost custody of her daughter after pleading no-contest to charges of child abuse and neglect. Kaylee lives with her father and step-mother in Washington.
Even though greater protections are working their way through Congress, this situation is being pushed forward before this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) can be ratified by the Senate. The NDAA states that deployments, both current and upcoming, cannot be considered in a child custody decision. Although the bill passed the House in May, the Senate has yet to take it up.
Even if they do, it will be too late to impact this court’s decision. The attorneys for the Hindes’ family have appealed the ruling, but there has been no information on what effect, if any, the appeal will have.
The time has come, as Servicemembers and veterans, to add our voices to the plea for Kaylee to stay with the family she knows and that has not abused her. By pushing her agenda when she knows that Kaylee’s father is deployed, Angela Hindes is showing her true colors to the world. A decent person, a caring mother, would want her child back without having to resort to legal tricks and causing undue hardship on her daughter’s family.
It doesn’t cost her a dime to keep up these antics; at last report she still owed her original attorney money for the work he had already done. If she has paid him, I think it would be a good idea to find out how. If there is outside money at work here, the supporters of Petty Officer Hindes should know who is bankrolling this person’s attempt to destroy his family. If she has a court-appointed attorney, I would suggest they quit wasting our money and do some real work.
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