I haven't received the sealed transcript of CPS social worker Sally Mitchell's court testimony yet. Here is a brief summary of what I want to use on my appeal.
When asked what was the worst thing I had done, she told a wacky story about how I ran over a neighborhood dog with my car. The dog owner testified later, and refuted the story.
When asked for another example that she regards as particularly outside the norms of good parenting, she told how I would set the kids' alarm clock for 7:00 am on school morning. She admitted that she lied in her report when she said that the alarm made the kids late for school. Nevertheless, she argued that the alarm clock was bad because the kids might have felt rushed in the morning.
She said that there was no physical or sexual child abuse, and no child neglect. She said that there was no single act of any kind of abuse that she could identify.
She accused me of emotional abuse, but admitted that nothing met the statutory definition of emotional abuse.
She admitted that her opinion was purely subjective, and she knew of no way to determine whether her conclusions were correct or not. She said that her supervisor just approves and signs whatever reports she writes, regardless of its validity.
She admitted that she failed to get confirmation for any of the allegations against me. Later, she claimed that she did verify with the kids' school that the school did not permit me in the classrooms, but the school issued a letter saying that I was allowed in the classrooms just the same as any other parent.
In the end, Comm. Irwin Joseph admitted that Sally Mitchell had serious credibility problems, but he ruled against me anyway.