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Isaiah’s Mom begs for their lives back



According to Team Isaiah, The State of Illinois has indicated they do not plan to release Isaiah from their “control” and “custody” on his 18th birthday on Aug 27!  They are asking for the public’s help in STOPPING THIS ATROCITY, and have launched a campaign that requires the public’s action.
mother and son
“Most people can’t even believe
this is truly happening.
Most people have no idea.
We never knew either,
until it happened to us.”
~ Michelle Rider

A letter from Isaiah’s mom taken from the FB page of Team Isaiah

Dear {to All whom this may concern}
     It’s probably a good thing I live over 500 miles away from the Chicago area. Through all this, I can kind of start to see now why people sometimes feel the need to take matters into their own hands. To be clear, I’m not saying I will, or even would. To be safe I should clarify – – – I won’t. I know now how easily things get twisted. I just can now see how that could happen. Either you can’t seem to get justice in our judicial system, or it is dragged out so long that it seems there is no end in sight. I am truly fed up.
     This is an absolute nightmare and I keep thinking and saying surely, surely we will soon see justice and surely SOMEONE will come to their senses. This will soon end. Sadly, almost a year and a half later, 472 days later, I keep thinking and saying the same things. Isn’t that the definition of insanity within itself ? (Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results) I feel it is insane at this point.
     I can’t even describe to you the feeling of betrayal I feel. I trusted you with my most precious gift ever, my only child, my son. You hurt him and allowed him to be horrifically hurt by others. Even though you try to cover it up, and act as though it didn’t happen, that doesn’t change the facts, and that it very much DID happen. There are real life consequences because of the horrific things that happened to my son on your watch. Most shocking, you did this all under the guise of protection. I will never understand that.
     You have caused us so much grief and pain. Pain, you will probably never be forced to feel in this lifetime and your own children will probably never have to feel or even understand. As angry as I am, I actually hope you or they don’t. I’m trying to learn how to forgive you, one of the hardest tasks I have ever had. I have had a lot of hard tasks to deal with, but this is one of the most difficult. I wouldn’t even wish this on my worst enemy.
     I travelled back and forth to Chicago over the last year and attended nearly 22 hearings. 8-9 hour drive each way. For almost 6 of those months my son was there, kept in a bad area where he was exposed to drug dealers, guns, gangs, prostitutes and unthinkable and unspeakable things happened to him. He was thrown into a strangers home in a dangerous place when he had a home and family in Kansas City who all love him very much. Why did you do that? I will never understand. I tried so hard to get him out of there, I kept going to the court and telling you, we told you we feared for his safety, we explained why and gave you specifics. You made light if it and even joked of it. You did nothing. My son was severely harmed because you did nothing.
     You never even took the time to really get know me. I’m far from this monster, you painted me to be. I’m a nurse. I love people and help them and have for 17 years. I have never committed a crime, never charged with a crime, never had anything on or against my nursing license, 17 years of caring for people and nothing. I never had any dealings with CPS/ DCFS. I love my son, and have spent my life trying to help and advocate for him. It is my duty and obligation as his parent to do so. I did what I was supposed to do.
     Many who know me would tell you I’m the exact opposite of what you have painted me to be, and ALL who know me would tell you I love my son dearly and have always had his best interest at heart. There is not one person we know that would tell you different. That I am certain of.
     We will never get back what you have stollen from us. You have robbed us of so much. I realize you are angry we told people what was happening, but honestly what would you do if your child was in the ICU in a strange city 500 miles from home and you couldn’t see him for 21 days? Couldn’t talk to him or see him? What would you do? If this is punishment for speaking out , you have gotten our attention. We get it. Please have mercy on us.
     Isaiah told me the other day he hasn’t even been able to talk about all the horrible things that were happening at the hospital, while he was alone. The hurt and pain continues to be revealed. Little by little it almost seems never ending as well.
     I think we both literally shut down for a period of time. We were both in shock for a long time. Can you really honestly blame us ?
     Imagine you take your child to a distant city and state expecting to get real medical help. Then suddenly after a surgery and complications your son is held captive and then horrifically abused. Then you spend months and months turning into years trying to get away and you and your entire family are tortured in the process? Can you please imagine that? Can you try to put yourselves in our shoes? Most people can’t even even believe this is truly happening. Most people have no idea. We never knew either, until it happened to us.
     It all seems like just a sad story until suddenly you become one of the key players in the “sad story”. Even worse it is happening to your only child.
     Can we please have what is left of our lives back? My son is now ready to transition into adult hood. You took the last year and a half we would have had together away, as well as my right to parent and guide my child. You stole all of this from me – – – from him. Our lives will never be the same, forever changed. If damage is what you were going for, then you succeeded. Game over?
     This has to stop. But please, I now beg, I ask again can we please have our lives back? Everyone at this point knows the truth, including you.
You know full well I never hurt my son.
You know I didn’t cause his leg seizures that started In surgery under general anesthesia.
You know I didn’t cause any of his medical issues.
You know I can’t cause his tumors.
You know my son has real undisputed medical issues, medical things no human can cause.
You know he received most all of his care at the same hospital in Kansas City for 10 years. No where else, just there .
You know he still has the same medical issues since you ripped him away.
You know NONE of them magically disappeared as they are all real.
You know he still needs medical care for these real issues and needs specialists who can help him. They may not be able cure him. We accept that, but at least help him to be able to live without so much suffering and get through the difficult times.
You know they didn’t magically go away.
You know I just wanted help for him, when he was suffering in real pain after the surgery you performed.
      It’s okay that you don’t know how to fix all his medical issues and complications. Some you even caused. It’s okay that you don’t understand them. I know that you are human and I never asked that or expected that of you. It’s okay to be wrong. I understand all that, but I can’t understand why I asked 15 months ago to please let my son get the help he needs and deserves, as every human being does, and why as a result, all this has now happened or how it CONTINUES to this very day. I didn’t know that would be asking too much. I didn’t know this would be the result.
      I only ever wanted the best for my son. I couldn’t continue to watch my son suffer inhumanely in pain in the ICU, not getting the help he needed.
      My goals have not changed today. I still want all those things for my son . I love my son very much and would do anything for him. I expect if you have children you would feel and do the very same for them. I expect most would do the very same thing I did and request the best and most humane care for their child.
You know full well he now has even more medical issues since removed from my custody 15 months ago.
You have the same medical records. That has nothing to do with me. Nothing.
You know that.
You took away my son’s only real advocate during a time in his life he needed me the most.
You took away his mom.
You defamed me and accused me of things that you know full well never happened.
     I have to believe no one comes out of this whole, but do you have to continue to destroy human lives? Do you have to continue to do more damage in order to try to prove a point? Please, just let us have our lives back. Please just stop this now. If you have any compassion left, please stop this now.
(Isaiah’s Mom)

For more information on this horrific story of state sanctioned kidnapping and abuse, see this link, where at the bottom are dozens of links to news articles on this tragic case.

4 comments on “Isaiah’s Mom begs for their lives back

  1. Kathy Aprile
    August 2, 2015

    My heart goes out to you. The “law” frequently seems to operate out of blinders, such as, “If you are a woman, then you must be crazy”. Who is crazy?: the victims asking for help? or the law that can NOT see the truth, because of the blinders of prejudice that they have pasted on their eyes? You and Isaiah deserve better. Hang in there.


  2. Bonnie Dunn
    August 2, 2015

    I have and will continue to pray for Isaiah and you. I can’t begin to know the hell that you have been through. I ask God to give you people back your son and whatever dignity that you still have. Surely there is a light at the end of the tunnel soon.may God Bless you both very soon.


  3. Bonnie Dunn
    October 28, 2015

    I know that you are still waiting for God to answer your prayers . I will continue to pray for all of you


    • Kathy Aprile
      October 29, 2015

      That is so wrong on every level. I too am praying that mother and son will soon be reunited. He is entitled to vote, to marry, to go to war. Isaiah is certainly entitled to chose to live with his mom in his home state. More than anything this is about prejudice against women. We all need to start speaking up more for women. The Equal Rights amendment was never made law. One of the unspoken prejudices is that if she is a woman, she must be unstable. It doesn’t matter how intelligent, sane or correct the woman happens to be. We need to join forces and fight those harmful stereotypes that have no bearing on reality.

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