Removal of Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger

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In October 2016, Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger had entered an interim order granting the girl’s mother primary custody and Mancuso weekend visitation rights, records show. The two challenged that initial ruling multiple times, alleging the other violated the order.

In a May decision, Trauger reaffirmed primary custody for Kayden’s mother — who lives with her husband and two young sons in Lower Bucks County — but with new restrictions on Mancuso. Instead of getting custody of his daughter on alternate weeks from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning, he was limited to Saturdays and Sundays, family members said.

The order noted that Kayden personally witnessed her father’s violent behavior when he was frustrated or angry. It also recounted Mancuso’s assault conviction for biting off part of a man’s ear at a South Philadelphia bar in 2012, his abusive interaction with Kayden’s teacher and principal at her Lower Makefield Township school, and a psychiatrist’s conclusion that he suffered from major depression.

Trauger also noted that Kayden’s mother told a custody evaluator that Mancuso “was violent to her when they were together.”

He allowed a historically VIOLENT man to have un monitored visits even after the child expressed fear. 


RIP Kayden