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Please help bring Levi home to his mother, Jessica
$50 raised
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98 Weeks running

My name is Katie, and I've started this campaign to help raise funds for a private Attorney on behalf of Jessica. 

Jessica's 6 month old son, Levi, has been taken from her custody via an Ex Parte Emergency Petition for Temporary Guardianship by his paternal grandmother (Jessica's husband's mother). Her petition contained false allegations in order to support her claim of "imminent danager" and immediately get the Judge's signature without hesitation. We have provided proof that her allegations were false, worked with DHS (called out to my home by the paternal grandmother; drug tests included), and tried working with Newton County Court where the petition was filed; all to no avail. Jasper, AR is a community with a population of only 466, therefore the likelihood the paternal grandmother knows the county officials personally is extremely high, which sets us up for failure before we even get into the courtroom. We have done all we can pro se at this point, and MUST have a private Attorney. Finding an Attorney to take the case has been challenging due to distance (we live 2 1/2 hours from Newton County!), and the fact all but one Attorney does not want to deal with Newton County. Thankfully, we have found an amazing Attorney who wants and has offered to take our case! This case is very close to my heart, as I watched the paternal grandmother also distance her son, my former step-son, from his father. I simply can't sit back and do nothing as she attempts to take another child from our family! Jessica misses Levi desperately; and his sister and brother miss him as well! 

The money we are trying to raise is the bare minimum this case could cost us, which is $5,000! This includes travel expenses for our Attorney to go to Newton County, filing motions, amending our answer letter, etc. Depending upon other circumstances that could arise, such as further petitions being filed by the paternal grandmother, continued DHS involvement, depositions, etc.; our costs could potentially reach $10,000! Our court date is set for July 19, but could potentially be postponed until August for further preparation.

Any and all help contributing to raising funds to hire and pay the Attorney fees are more appreciated than can ever be accurately expressed. Please help us bring Levi home to his mother and siblings, and share with as many people as possible! Levi's absence is incredibly painful, and we just want him home where he belongs. I may not be related by blood or marriage, but these children are my grand babies too; just as Jessica is my daughter in law. We have been, and continue to count the days until we can see and hold Levi again! 

Thank you all in advance!

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