Save the Gray Skye (Bring My Kids Home)

Save the Gray Skye (Bring My Kids Home)

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This petition is in honor of Gray and Skye, two children abducted by the Department of Children and Families from a mother on a mission to save them from domestic violence, including emotional and psychological abuse, and an attempted strangulation on their mother on September 11, 2016. This is also in honor of their baby brother, Silas, who has not spent a day at home with them since the day he was born and the rights that are violated against him as well.

On September 11, 2016, the assailant, Mark Reynolds, strangled the mother by lifting her off the ground with his right arm and by the neck, pressing against the bottom of the jaw, carrying her, walking three steps, and throwing her on the ground. The attempt lasted three seconds. The neck injury sustained was prolonged pain and an inability to swallow for several weeks. The mother had sought out a CAT scan for the neck injury. The children were not witnesses.

In September, 2017, Skye was registered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, when CEO John E. Bischoff was in charge, with Meredith Morrison as case manager, as the organization took the case after the mother and brother, Gray, were abandoned in a hotel room in an unknown area of Ohio, and Skye was taken while nursing at the age of 2. This evidence was ignored although documentation was sent to St. Johns County court and their mother was not given custody, even after testifying to the attempted strangulation. 

On October 30th, 2018, the batterer and perpetrator fell into a prolonged coma and was hospitalized at Flagler Hospital in Saint Augustine, Florida, on the renal care floor.  Without notifying the mother, Laurie Longo, the Family Integrity Program of St. Johns County, Florida, with case manager Emily Earnest and attorney Deana Duncan, placed the children illegally with non-relative neighbors who were barely known, bringing the family judge to cite their actions were "unlawful and highly disfavorable," he had "never seen them place children in another place without a shelter hearing in twenty five years of being on the bench" and the assailant had participated in collusion. Nevertheless, Gray and Skye were still not reunified with their mother, although the sickened party was very ill. This was also allowed after the mother's attorney explained he may not live multiple years.

On March 7, 2019, Gray Reynolds was assaulted and battered by the assailant in the garage of 48 Buckley Court in Saint Augustine, Florida and left gashes on his forehead at the age of nine. The Saint Augustine Public Montessori School filed a police report after Gray pled for help and the injuries were substantial, as classmates were also witnesses. After being investigated, the Department of Children and Families, with an investigator named Hirst, left Gray and Skye in the home (Skye was three and also explained being hit) where Gray was assaulted and battered, even after Gray explained to forensic investigators that he was punched in the face and fell to the floor of the garage, alleging "the child's story changed," as it would be natural for a nine year old boy to be nervous when interrogated by investigators and police. Again, the assailant made sure there were no witnesses, although Gray told his baby sister, Skye, about him punching him.

The children were removed from their mother at first based on attacks on mental health, after Dawn Longo aided and abetted the criminal, Mark Reynolds, by reporting to CPS as well. even after multiple voluntary psychological and psychiatric evaluations proving the mother was diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder, all as a result of being separated from her two children. Not only did the mother volunteer for a drug test even before the dependency case began, but once the mental health angle had been disproved with the commonalities of depression and anxiety, the argument changed to emotional distress, to which the reply from the mother explained, "Do you know how much emotional distress is caused when children are separated from their mother?"

Although the mother had demanded a dependency trial after Gray had been assaulted, and the case manager had admitted the mother was substantially compliant according to Florida statutes under oath, the judge still did not reunify the children with their mother, citing a lack of full time employment. This was also after another Department of Children and Families investigator in Putnam County stated that Gray and Skye's baby brother, Silas, was safe in the home their mother had made and Gray and Skye would be, too. This was explained later by several experts as an illegal ruling (a lack of full time employment), as this is not a reason for denying reunification.

All facts in this petition are supported by photographs, police reports and affidavits over the course of nearly five years of fighting for Gray and Skye's freedom from abuse. 

I am petitioning the general public to return Gray and Skye to their loving mother and brother, so the road to recovery and a true and hopeful future may begin.

Sincerely,

Laurie R.

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