On cross-examination last Friday, CPS social worker Sally Mitchell admitted that I had never done one single thing that was abusive. She could only name two things that she said were outside the norms of good parenting.
First, she testified that there is a small dog that sometimes lies in the middle of the road where I live, and I have a habit of driving over the dog. I straddle the dog between my tires so that the dog is unharmed, she said. She said that the kids find this upsetting. She acknowledged that I explained to her why that was impossible, but she said that she believes it anyway.
Second, she testified that I set the kids' alarm clock for them to get up on school mornings. Her report said that I made them late for school, but she retracted that, and admitted that they were never late for school. She said that it was acceptable for me to tell them when to go to bed, but not acceptable for me to tell them when to wake up. If they want to wake up at 5:00 am, then I should let them set the alarm for 5:00 am, she said.
Her report has a number of other wacky allegations, but she admitted that she was never able to substantiate a single one of them.
That's it. That is why I am on the California child abuse registry. That is why I have not been able to see my kids for 7.5 weeks. That is why my ex-wife says that I can only see them if it is supervised by a PhD in psychology.
Somebody is nuts here, and it is not me.