Three Michigan children, ages 9, 10 and 14, were sent to a juvenile detention facility by a judge in late June because they refused to go to lunch with their father.
Following a hearing on supervised parenting in family court, Judge Lisa Gorcyca decided to take the Tsimhoni family matters into her own hands, saying she wanted the children to have a “healthy relationship” with their father. Gorcyca ordered the siblings from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, to apologize and have a nice lunch with their dad.
Although at one point, one of the Tsimhoni boys attempted to explain to the judge why he didn’t want to spend time with his dad, Gorcyca reportedly criticized the kids for avoiding their father.
“Because he is violent and I saw him hit my mom,” the boy explained, according to court documents.
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Reports say Gorcyca even compared the kids to Charles Manson and his cult and claimed the boy had been brainwashed.
“Since that day I cannot eat, I cannot sleep,” the kids mother, Maya Tsimhoni said. “I cannot understand something like that can even happen in this country.”
When the siblings chose not to spend time with their father, according FOX 2, Gorcyca held them in contempt and ordered the children to be locked up at Children’s Village juvenile hall.
“I felt like I was watching them be executed,” said Tsimhoni
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The Tsimhoni children have been in the detention center for the past two weeks Fox 2 reported. They were not only separated from both parents, but according to reports have now been separated from each other. Their mother is not allowed to visit.
They are to be held in the facility until they are 18 years old.
Tsimhoni is currently fighting to get her kids out of Children’s Village, with representation by Lisa Stern.
"I know laws were violated and I know that the children were punished for crimes they did not commit," Stern said.
According to documents, the case is scheduled to be reviewed in September but, if the father feels the kids have learned their lesson, he has the power to have them released. The day after the hearing, the children’s father left for work in Israel and is not expected to be back for two weeks.
The children’s mother appealed to Gorcyca for an emergency hearing, although it was denied. Now, Stern is asking the chief judge in Oakland Famly Court to review the case, Fox 2 reported.