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Report Sheds Light on Plight of Parents in Custody Cases Involving Child Abuse

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Karen Gill is undergoing a long, arduous battle to protect her son after a Tennessee court six years ago affirmed a family court ruling to give Darryl Sawyer custody of their 6-and-a-half-year-old son, despite evidence presented by his ex-wife that he had allegedly sexually abused little Daniel.

Three years before the family court ruling, a pediatrician had confirmed Gill’s worst fears that the reddish-blue bruises on the child’s buttocks after a visit with his father occurred from an adult “holding his buttocks forcibly open.”

But William Bernet, a psychiatrist and court-appointed custody evaluator, convinced the judge to grant primary custody to Sawyer, “stating that Sawyer was not a pedophile or child molester and should be awarded custody of Daniel.” This, despite the medical evaluation and a Department of Children’s Services report indicating sexual abuse of their son.


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