Custody Dispute Involves Child in Alleged Murder Attempt on Father’s Family By Mother Toni Valentin, Boyfriend Dante QuezadaWritten by: Rob Print This Article
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Toni Valentin, mother of a 5-year-old daughter, was unhappy with the child custody arrangement she had with her ex-husband. On February 17, 2009, she and her boyfriend Dante Quezada allegedly took the daughter to her father’s brother’s home in the 300 block of West 47th Street in Los Angeles, where she believed the father was located at the time, in a minivan allegedly driven by their friend Felipe Carias. Quezada then allegedly proceeded to shoot out the windows of the home with a semi-automatic pistol, in the process shooting the daughter’s 7-year-old cousin in the chest and arm as she was doing her homework. Apparently they were hoping to kill the 5-year-old’s father while she watched. Fortunately, her cousin is expected to fully recover.
Gang Activity Wrongly Blamed
Initially, police and citizens were blaming this crime on gang activity in the area as you can see in the video below. (For unknown reasons, this isn’t displaying properly in some web browsers. You can visit Girl, 7, wounded in South L.A. shooting to see the video in another window.)
Shooting Motivated by Child Custody Dispute
However, further investigation determined that while the suspected shooter is a gang member, it is not a typical gang crime.
Instead, the shooting is yet another example of the bizarre world of child custody disputes, parental alienation, and child abuse. This time, it involved premeditated attempted murder with child abuse by exposing a 5 year old girl to witnessing attempted murder against her father and relatives.
Valentin May Lose Child Custody Over Shooting
Apparently the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is going to re-evaluate the divorce case’s unfinalized custody of the Valenti’s 5 children in light of this drive-by shooting.
Cynically speaking, perhaps we shouldn’t get our hopes up that DCFS (LA’s version of CPS) might actually make a finding that taking a 5 year old to witness the attempted murder of her father is child abuse and child endangerment and warrants termination of the mother’s custody and transfer of that custody to the father. After all, it seems like a sure thing that the mother will have “so many reasons” why the father should be shot and killed. False allegations by females, no matter how outrageous, seem to carry a lot of weight for the government. Given how biased law enforcement involving divorces and domestic violence is, we’re skeptical that the mother’s participation in attempted murder of the father will have much affect on DCFS’s findings.
We do hope to be proven wrong, however, as we’re hoping for progress towards a day in which equal shared parenting is the law and criminal stunts and child abuse like this don’t happen any more.
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