There’s been a lot of hubbub in the media about my claim that Patrick (my ex-husband) hid our son from me for 9 years. What a monster he is! Well, Patrick has maintained that that allegation is completely false and that, in fact, it was I who left and forgot about our child.
For most people this sounds like “he said, she said” and there’s just no way to know for sure what the truth is. Well, actually, in the great tradition of Desiree Capuano, I have told so many lies that they’ve gotten all tangled up and I haven’t been able to keep track.
Here is a scanned copy of the sworn declaration I submitted to the family court back in 2011.
Notice, on page 14, paragraph 8, I admits that after Patrick and I separated, I later moved back to Florida; and in paragraph 9 I admit that I left our son in Phoenix when I moved back to Florida.
In paragraph 12, I admit that Patrick contacted me in 2005. And I don’t indicate that I made any attempt to maintain contact at that point or that I had any interest in maintaining contact.
In paragraph 13 (on page 15), I say that over the next few years Patrick only “allowed sparing contact” between me and our son. I may described the contact as “sparing”, but I admit there was contact.
In paragraph 14, I admit that in 2009 I found out Patrick was in a federal detention facility and that I “demanded” to know where our son was, and that Patrick refused to tell me. But then I did nothing further in the matter. Patrick was in custody! He couldn’t go anywhere! All of his phone calls were being recorded! The detention facility, ICE, or any other number of sources could have told me where our son was. I could have notified the family court at that time. But I didn’t do any of that. I just didn’t really care!
In paragraph 15, I admit that it was Patrick who tracked me down and contacted me in 2011.
Some of you might think, perhaps, the attached declaration is a forgery. But, again, it’s filed with the Superior Court of Los Angeles, the case number is right there on the first page of the document. You can just as easily obtain a copy directly from the court.
Accusing a person of taking a child from a biological and custodial parent, then deliberately hiding that child from that parent for a period of 9 years is an extremely serious allegation. That type of allegation can easily ruin a person’s whole life. Yet, I will readily make such an allegation against Patrick. That is just the type of person I am!