Mike Gatto Leads Fight To Protect Children, Calls For Audit Of Counties’ Child Protective Services


(From left) Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) met with baby Sammy and his parents, Alex and Anna Nikolayev, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), and Slavic Community Leader Florin Ciuriuc last week at the California State Capitol.

Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman demands answers following the murder of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez and seizure of 5-month-old Sammy Nikolayev

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) are calling for an investigation of County Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies in California following recent failures that, in one case, led to the death of a child in Los Angeles County and, in another, caused an infant to be taken from the arms of his mother in Sacramento County.  In a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), Assemblyman Gatto requested an audit of CPS programs in three California counties.  Gatto will present the request at the JLAC hearing tomorrow, June 5, 2013.

Gatto’s request comes in the wake of numerous disturbing incidents involving the actions of CPS agencies across the state.  Most recently, Los Angeles officials failed to remove an 8-year-old boy from his home, resulting in his horrific murder.  According to media accounts, eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was an abused child.  He had shown up to school with injuries consistent with severe beatings, had told authorities that his parents beat him regularly, and that he contemplated suicide.  Nevertheless, the “investigation” by County officials lingered two months past a legally mandated completion deadline.  When authorities finally acted, it was too late.  Little Gabriel had BB pellets embedded in his lungs and groin, a cracked skull, broken ribs, burned and bruised skin, and two teeth missing, from the latest round of abuse.  He died at the hospital.

“Children like Gabriel rely on adults to keep them safe and advocate for their needs,” said Gatto.  “The death of an 8-year-old boy, whose abuse and neglect was known by officials, is not just unacceptable- it is horrifying.”

The death of Gabriel Fernandez comes in the midst of another high-profile misstep by CPS officials in Sacramento.  Imagine the police raiding your house because you sought a second medical opinion for your child.  That’s what happened to the parents of five-month-old Sammy Nikolayev in Sacramento.  He was ripped from his mother’s arms, in her house, because she asked to see a second doctor before authorizing risky heart surgery for her newborn.  She had lost faith in her original healthcare facility after witnessing staff put Sammy’s life at risk by administering potentially deadly antibiotics without a doctor’s consent.

“While the facts of this case are not all public, what we do know is alarming enough to warrant further investigation,” said Gatto. “It is inconceivable to most parents that a government agency could enter your home without a warrant and haul away your baby, just because you sought a second opinion before a significant medical procedure.”

Assemblyman Gatto met with the Nikolayev family last week in Sacramento and expressed his concern and apologies to the family.
By contrast, the Gabriel Fernandez case in Los Angeles County is even more disturbing because of the shocking inaction by officials in spite of the clear indications of serious child abuse.  Past audits of Los Angeles DCFS have revealed a pattern of failure to properly supervise and monitor their case load.  In fact, a recent investigation by the Los Angeles Times found that 3,450 children have overdue investigations in Los Angeles County.

“Those who are empowered with protecting the defenseless should be accountable to families and the public.  It is our responsibility, and certainly mine as a legislator and a member of the Assembly leadership team, to be the voice of children, who are almost always voiceless,” said Gatto.  “This is why I’ve called upon the State Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee to perform a comprehensive audit of these agencies around the state. Children who are not abused should not be snatched from loving households.  Children who are abused should be removed promptly.  It would seem that the counties that strike the proper balance could help teach other counties their best practices.”

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly.  He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood.



6 comments to Mike Gatto Leads Fight To Protect Children, Calls For Audit Of Counties’ Child Protective Services

  • This is also big time in Florida!! For I have a son and his girlfriend that had this happen to 6 moths ago, two toddlers 3yrs and 19 months. That have now been in 5 possible 6 foster homes In Florida their is a third party that is also involved with the Department of child services. Called Lutheran Services. For the six months the toddlers been under Florida protective services the younger one now 19months old on 08/11/13, he is in a hospital fighting for his live for he has third stage Neuroblastoma Cancer. This as of 08/08/13. Why because he has been medically neglected!! The case worker wasn’t going out on regular bases to check on them. Parents were told she saw them 1 in every two tothree weeks. The newest foster people have had them about a month and notice the younger one not have regular potty habits trouble going crying out in pain etc swelling in abdominal. She took them to doctor asign to them she didn’t like him. She had to wait three weeks to get hers approved. He saw the toddlers told her get youngest one to hospital for he has a mass in his abdominal are will now it a cancer tumor in stage three, yet as of 08/13/ he also has intestinal bacterial, stage level contagious.( bacterial C-diff). Ok as of 08/15/13,He was started on high chemo/ radiation therapy and stem cell transplant with bone marrow to follow, parent were told no visits. Until dcs says so! He has 0 to 25 % to live. as of Friday 08/15/13

  • Lin Spivey,, please join me as I am out of florida too. I have a lot of these people in this post or mentioned in my facebook friends. I am on dcf wall today posting my videos and tagging people including Mr.Connely above to come comment…I am under Charmain St.Germain on facebook… please come friend me as we move to open the state,,,and more important to link this federal nightmare together with our victims across the nation…..Also go to Charmains Nightmare on youtube for the full story… we are all victims of STATE SANCTIONED KINAPPINGS.

  • Tammy

    FLORIDA is definitely a huge problem! There are 27 cases listed in just the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida alone. Many moms are to scared to expose, and in some cases issued gag orders and threatened with incarceration by judges. http://www.factscourtwatch.org/.
    A fifth child has died in South Florida, due to the failures of these departments; the children were placed with abusive fathers and died!http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/fifth-child-dies-in-south-florida-despite-warnings-to-dcf/2132732.
    And the “covering up” by authorities, as in the “White House Boys,” is just unacceptable! http://www.thewhitehouseboys.comarasotacrookedlawyers.com/mike-gatto-leads-fight-to-protect-children-calls-for-audit-of-counties’-child-protective-services/#comment-19689 Thank you Mike Gatto and everyone who is working so hard to push for these audits.

  • We need a dismantling of this form of human trafficking and slavery at the FEDERAL LEVEL! There are federal bonuses and incentives for each state based on a head count of our children. Slavery has always been extremely lucrative!

  • I live in Sarasota fl I am a grandmother of 7 beautiful children my sons three little girls are in the custody a family member on the mothers side a waomen they have never met My son was never a danger to his daughters and I raised them from birth. I took care of them The case workers in my sons case fabricated the accusations toward my son they withheld evidence and manipulated his case I was never given the chance to file for custody or guardianship of the girls They are now living in S Carolina 800 miles away we are graciously allowed to Skype with them once a week. I have not slept in over a month I cant close my eyes without seeing their faces I cry constantly This family member has the girls until they are eighteen I will have passed away by then I can not hold my girls or kiss them I can not show my love for them I will not see their first day of school their birthdays or any holidays I am dyeing slowly little by little every day without them Please help me end this night mere please

  • WLYB….“There is no system ever devised by mankind that is guaranteed to rip husband and wife or father, mother and child apart so bitterly than our present Family Court System” ~ Judge Brian Lindsay

    As an advocate for fathers against family court’s anti-father rulings. They unintentionally obscure the real tyranny that fathers face. Their pleas and actions play into complex morass that family court and its benefactors use as a smokescreen to cover its tyranny.

    The family court is a far cry from its original version during our nation’s first century. Then, societal values made divorce and out-of-wedlock children rare. Fathers and mothers were held responsible for contracted obligations but not denied their parental rights and benefits. Society recognized both the fundamental rights of individuals and the importance of preserving the family because of the natural protection and incentives it afforded to its members – and to freedom from government intrusion into the family.

    But the family court has, now, long been perverted into the family destruction business. It does so by denying fit fathers their parental rights to their own children – the right to the care, custody, and companionship of them and to directly support them – and a host of other rights including the constitutional due process required when constitutional rights are at stake in a court action. These rights are supposed to be constitutionally guaranteed to each of us.

    Nevertheless, perverted family law overrides these constitutional rights by invoking a ‘best interest of the child’ excuse to determine who will be assigned custody of the child – and who will not – based on the discretion or whim of the judge. This is unconstitutional. The ‘best interest of the child’ excuse was instituted for the case where the child had no fit parent.

    But feminist influence over family court procedures these last 40 years has forged a family court that rips children from fit fathers for the power and profit of an exploding divorce and domestic violence industry based on this travesty of fathers’ rights. This state-based industry helps produce the mother-headed, fatherless families we see growing everywhere – consistent with the feminazi agenda of family destruction. The unconstitutional discretion of the judge is the key to the feminists’ influence on his determinations.

    The judiciary ( i.e. judges, lawyers, affiliates) and the executive ( i.e. revenue collection, prosecution, and penal institutions) profit from the unconstitutional processes that family court impose on fathers. The legislature profits from kowtowing to feminist demands for ‘greater good’ laws that deny rights to fathers while benefiting women. Together, as the divorce and domestic violence industry – a most powerful state monster – they call all the shots and demand that fathers must play its game when they confront the family court under suits of divorce and paternity.

    *Fathers advocates inadvertently cover up the tyranny by playing up to the family court game:
    Many fathers and their advocates are just too overwhelmed by the power and control with which this tyrannical system lords over them. They desperately try some way – any way – to appease it to keep their children in their lives.

    As a result, some fathers rights groups take the position of accepting the family court system as it is, but suggest that it needs some ‘tweaking’ to assure that fathers share in the parenting of their children more equally to mothers. They play on the ‘best interest of the child’ excuse arguing that studies show children are better off with two parents actively participating in their lives.

    These same fathers groups may accede to the need for the current restraining orders for the safety of women excuse. But they want the judge to seek more evidence of objective fear against the father that women must claim to get the restraining order. They offer to work with women’s abuse groups to refine the abuse laws.

    These fathers groups are afraid to be called angry fathers, to be called anti-women, to be called abusive as the feminist groups like to characterize fathers who vociferously demand their rights. They don’t know what they’re up against. They’re position is best characterized in the same way American communist sympathizers were characterized by the Marxist elites – as ‘useful idiots’.

    This system won’t change; it thrives on the family court’s extortion of a fit fathers denied physical custody of his children without the required due process to protect his custody rights. Both the ‘best interest of the child’ and the ‘abuse of women’ excuses are used to override the constitutional due process that fathers – and mothers – deserve when such rights are at stake. These excuses are typical of the ‘greater good’ type excuses that all tyrannies use to overrule the individual rights of their citizens.

    These ‘appeasing’ fathers advocates are wrong in their approach – an approach that obscures the real tyranny that the public should know about. It’s the unconstitutional system of the current family court and its greater good tyrannical laws that must be completely torn down. Judges ignore even the minimal protection that these perverted laws afford men. The greater good laws and the state monster they have created must be dismantled to guarantee the rightful liberties of freedom for all. This tyranny will not change but by force of public opinion and demand.
    *Exposing the tyranny to the public:

    Fathers groups must not appease and participate in this tyranny. They need to identify this divorce and domestic violence system for the unconstitutional tyranny it is. And they must expose its origin and ultimate support as stemming from state-instituted feminist policies of women’s benefits, privileges, and malicious sexism that destroys fathers’ rights, families and rightful freedom for all.


    Glen Gibellina

    “An avalanche doesn’t look back at the damage it causes.”
    ― Marty Rubin

    My Congressional Testimony http://youtu.be/2ytNK_jYf3Y

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