My name is Lajerrick Miller. I am the father to Laniah ,Lajerrick Jr and Elijah. I am trying to raise money to hire an attorney. On December 19th 2018 me and my children and their mother were at a friend’s house when the Phoenix Police Department came and knocked on the door and was told they got a tip that my youngest son Elijah was being abused and they did a welfare check on the children. They conducted the welfare check on the children and they cleared us to go about our day. So me, my children and Stephanie the mother of the children headed to Tolleson Arizona to go spend the holidays with family friends. On December 25th 2018 I contacted my mother to wish her a Merry Christmas and she informed me that the Phoenix Police Department and DCS have been to her house multiple times looking for me and my children and she gave me the phone number. I wrote it down and was planning on calling December 26th as soon as I woke up. On December 26th I woke up to the house being surrounded by police and DCS workers. I was put in handcuffs and told that i was being detained then I was put in the back of the police car. my children were taken into custody by DCS and Stephanie was also put in the back of a police car to go down to police headquarters for questioning. At this point I had no idea what was going on I just had spoke with my mother the day before she told me that there had been a detective named detective Daniels who have been trying to get in contact with me and also that and also that the Phoenix police have been over there five times and did a search on her house looking for myself and my children. so when I got to Police Headquarters I met detective Daniels and he did an interview with me ask me some questions about allegations of child abuse to my son Elijah. And then I was released and sent on my way. DCS at this point had my children in their custody . I had a criminal investigation ongoing until April of 2019 when the criminal investigation was closed due to no evidence of child abuse. At that point I was assuming that my children would be able to come home but that didn’t happen. The allegations that were made against me we’re all completely false DCS never took the time to investigate all of the allegations. they were made by a lady who was in spite of me and I feel like DCS has made me look like something that I’m not. they never took the time to speak to me they never took the time to understand who I was or where I came from. they have downgraded me. I mean I’m not an abuser I’ve never abused my children and I’ve always protected them. In 2016 Stephanie the mother of the children had an open DCFS case and I stood trial all by myself in front of Judge Padilla and I was granted sole custody of my children because I am a good man I’ve never hurt my children.I was taught three important things: the value of my good name; the importance of truth, justice, and commitment; and how to reach down in my gut and pray to God for strength. I don’t come from drugs and alcohol none of my family has any type of drug or alcohol abuse no type of mental issues. I was raised by my mother my dad died when I was 2 I have one older sister one little sister and one little brother. I was raised in church and with morals. I was raised with respect. in my teenage years I’ve got in some trouble but never once have I not completed any of the programs they put me in never once have I been violated on any type of probation I’ve always paid every fine I’ve ever gotten. now throughout this case I have done everything that DCS has asked me to do my very first drug test was dirty for marijuana it was very low levels every single drug test after that was negative some diluted due to me being active going to the gym and drinking a lot of water. But NEVER had a positive drug test. Then what came next was a punch right in the stomach when they took my son Junior away from me due to me not being his biological father. I have been there since August 9th 2015 when he was born and I have never left his side. I’m the only father he knows I’m the only man he has ever known and I was granted full custody of him in 2016 buy judge Padilla. And now they have taken him away from me I haven’t been able to see him or even talk to him. Him and his sister don’t see each other at all only on the days that the mother has visits which is once a week for 4 hours. This has devasted me. And as for Jr i truly believe this is mental abuse. He cries for me at his moms visits he tells his sister to tell me why he cant see me? Its just a heartbreaking situation. Judge Gentry i am working a almost full time job renting a room from a family member a second bedroom is available if i need it for my daughter. I have completed a DV class and 1 on 1 component twice. I have been denied by Terros 3 times for services. I have compleyed at least 8 months of drug testing and i have also had to live with the fact that DCS labeled me as an abuser with is not true. So im asking you today to please return all 3 of my children home in my full custody and allow us to be a family again.
CPS takes a family with a slight instability, then pours on the pain, takes the children, traumatizing them, perhaps for LIFE, and the parents of course are traumatized beyond what words can express.
Life is never the same even if you are one of the very few to get your children back. The trauma and fear after is constant and overwhelming. Is there pts, yes most certainly.
Living in constant fear for the safety of your children for several years takes a toll on your heart, mind, body and your soul. There is no going back or recovery. You don’t get to the other side and life is normal. No, life is not the same and the end results are devastating.You will never trust another human being, you constantly check over and over again to make sure your doors are locked. You are isolated from society for the rest of your life. You were alone during the fight and you remain alone because of the inability to ever trust again. Years of therapy have no effect.