Deny Child Custody to Convicted Child Abusers In Memory of Christian Choate
  • Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

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Indiana State Senate

Deny Child Custody to Convicted Child Abusers In Memory of Christian Choate

    1. Sadia Reza
    2. Petition by

      Sadia Reza

      Jackson Heights, NY

Christian Choate was a boy who would have had a chance to live if only the justice system had not handed him over KNOWINGLY to an excessively abusive father.

Christian was a boy who was continually beaten, abused, denied food & water and locked in a dog cage by his father & stepmother over the course of 6 years. The only outlet Christian had for his years of suffering in loneliness were his written accounts of wondering when anyone was going to come check on him or give him food & water, about how he could hear children playing outside while he was locked in his cage, how he wanted to be loved by his family, & how he wanted to die because nobody loved him. His father finally beat him to the point of death & then buried his son in cement, teilling anyone who questioned Christian's whereabouts that he had run away. Christian's body was discovered two years later.

The outrageous problem with this even more outrageous & horrendous story is that this whole situation should never have happened to begin with. In 2003, Christian's parents divorced and his father Riley Choate was given custody of him and his sister, DESPITE the fact that Riley had a well-known history of allegations for domestic violence and was convicted of child abuse since 1999. Additionally, neighbors repeatedly reported suspicions of child abuse in Riley's home to the Indiana Department of Child Services for almost 10 YEARS, and yet no action was taken.

So what kind of a law supposedly dedicated to justice allows child custody to a man convicted of child abuse? We create this petition to protest against such an unjust lawmaking custody decision, and to appeal to the legislature to enact a law that takes into account a record of domestic violence and abuse allegations when deciding custody, and to deny custody to anyone with such a continual history, so that no child has to live and suffer through such a horrifying reality when it could have been avoided. So please sign and thank you very much!

-Sadia Reza

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Thank You!

      Sadia Reza
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to say thank you to every single person who cares enough about this issue to have signed it. This is not an isolated issue AT ALL, and there have been numerous instances disturbingly similar to this. Continue spreading this petition and this message to everyone you know, so we can reach the people who need to recognize that their supposed justice system is a facade and needs to be changed. All of YOU who are passionate about human life to do something about it. are the real change-makers. Again, thank you, and keep sharing the message of the sanctity of children's lives.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Department of Child Services Document Shows Allegations as Early as 1995

      Sadia Reza
      Petition Organizer

      This is an official document that evidently shows that Christian's guardians had numerous allegations of abuse and neglect even before Christian's birth or even before he was given custody to them.

    5. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Heidi Brocksieck RAYMOND, IL
      • 7 months ago

      No child should ever be given the chance to be abused,Every child deserves a safe loving home and loving parents or guardians to care for them.

    • izzy farsides BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      no child should have to go through this

    • Amber Garner PLAINFIELD, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      I am signing this petition because Henry County Circuit Court 2 Judge Crane ordered my son to be in the custody of his Domestic Violent, drug abusing, convicted child abuser, father without any regard to what he may do to my son. If a person is capable of hurting a child, they're capable of anything. That is not Justice; nor is it in the best interest of the child which should always be the Judge's number one priority. I fully support this petition and will gladly forward this petition to everyone I know. So many states have enough sense to make this a law, so our children are protected oppose being looked at a domestic violence victim, but a loving mother the judicial system frowns upon. I truly hope my son doesn't have to endure this. My heart goes out to the family of Christian and the many others who have had to endure this pain. Children are so innocent, at the least they should see Justice and this petition to deny custody to any man or woman who has a domestic violence or child abuse conviction. It's beyond common sense!

    • Bradley N Kimberly Squires JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      nobody that has been convicted of abuse should be around children....they will abuse again...proven fact...

    • sini EA CLIFTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am signing this because i feel for that poor little christian who wanted to be a part of his family and be liked by his family.I could not understand how he fell into too many cruel hands including his own sisters.the saddest and the worst part of the whole story is the apathetic feeling of the other family members towards this wonderful kid who wanted to be loved.there are several other kids being tortured in this world.Atleast I should sign this if this is going to help them or save them from being tortured.


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