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Review for Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Melanie Yeaton and I have daughter that suffered a stroke in June 2016 resulting in some brain damage. After I was instrumental in getting my daughter through hospitalization for 35 days and then inpatient rehabilitation, she finally was able to come home. Since she has been home there has been stressful opposition from within our own family for guardianship of my own daughter that I raised by myself and sent her through college were she obtained a bachelor's degree in English and another bachelors degree in Political Science. This is my only child. My daughters husband passed away Feb 14, 2007, from a bleeding stroke at age 32, leaving her a single mother and a widow. My daughter is a kind hearted, intelligent woman. Her aunt was given guardianship of my daughter by deception and manipulation. My daughter had to call the police to get her aunt and her ex-boyfriend to allow her to leave her own home after 18 months, she had been denied medication and rehabilitation and medical attention. My daughters ex-boyfriend would take her cell phone away from her so she could not call for help and he would physically restrain her from opening the front door for that matter any door. He and her aunt prevented anyone including me (her mother) and her father to have any access to our daughter. We were finally able to get her out of that house and took her to DeKalb County Court House to file for a restraining order, Judge Scott wanted to grant the restraining order but because she has a guardian she was unable to. My daughters guardian went in front of Superior Court Judge Seelinger and gave sole physical custody of my daughters baby to her ex-boyfriend that is not even the child's father with no visitation. This situation is the worse. My daughter does not deserve loosing her baby daughter simply because she had a stroke. I have been all over DeKalb County and even to the Governor's office for help. Nothing. I have been to Probate Court in front of Judge Hargrove 4 times to terminate the aunt, the aunt has even relocated to Boston, Mass and has left my daughter with her ex-boyfriend that continues to neglect and abuse my daughter. Still Judge Hargrove will not accept any documentation I have provided from my daughter physicians (primary care physician, kidney doctor, neurologist, Shepherd Center University of GA Language dept.) I have also appeared as pro-se including in Court of Appeals of Georgia, still nothing. I was told by a friend to contact PADV and see if there was any kind of help I could get in my daughters behalf. My beautiful daughter is living like a hostage in the most deplorable conditions. Again my name is Melanie Yeaton I live in Conley , Georgia and my daughters name is Stephanie Russell and she lives in Decatur, Georgia and we both are in DeKalb County. my email is I sincerely hope and pray to hear from Judge Daphne Walker

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