A Michigan judge has taken a bitter divorce case out on the children.
The judge is furious that the three kids disobeyed her order to have lunch with their father – so she ordered them to spend the summer in a juvenile detention center.
The three children, ranging in age from 9 to 14, were deemed in contempt of court by Oakland County Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca in June.
The judge says the children have been brainwashed by their mother, and Gorcyca wants them “to have a healthy relationship with [their] father,” USA Today reported.
The oldest boy told the judge that he apologized for “whatever I did to you,” according to USA Today.
“But I do not apologize for not talking to him, because I have a reason for that and that’s because he’s violent and he — I saw him hit my mom and I’m not gonna talk to him,” the boy said.
Gorcyca, who is known for her “pleasant demeanor,” remained hard-line.
“I ordered you to talk to your father. You chose not to talk to your father. You defied a direct court order. It’s direct contempt, so I am finding you guilty of civil contempt,” she said, according to USA Today.
The judge sentenced the oldest boy to the detention center first, then gave the two younger siblings a chance to go to lunch with their father.
The younger ones declined and opted to join their brother.
USA Today reported:
“The judge told the mother she could not visit her children this summer, according to a court transcript of the hearing.
The two boys and their sister each had a court-appointed lawyer at the hearing, according to records. But the attorneys said the children refused to cooperate and, in some cases, wouldn’t talk to their lawyers. The attorneys for the children did not object to Gorcyca’s order.”
The judge accused the older sibling of exhibiting “horrific behavior” and said the mother’s behavior “is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in 46,000 cases,” USA Today reported.
According to USA Today:
The children are caught up in a highly contentious divorce case that began more than five years ago between their father, Omer Tsimhoni, an internationally prominent traffic safety researcher and GM engineer who works frequently from a GM research lab in Israel, and their mother, a pediatric eye doctor and widely known glaucoma researcher who is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Michigan and has an office in Canton.
As the two younger children left to join their brother at the detention center, Gorcyca told them, “Your dad is a good man — and wipe that smirk off your face.”
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