Ben Vonderheide Exposes Pennsylvania’s Abusive Child Profiteering RacketWritten by: Chris Print This Article
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Rob’s recent comment pointing out the Ben Vonderheide case in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania made me curious. After all, it’s not often that you see the government actually prosecute somebody for making malicious false reports to the police to terrorize a father and block access to a child. On the surface, it looks like the government got it right in this case. Dig deeper, however, and you find that Ben Vonderheide is a poster case for government-backed terrorism against a parent who has been repeatedly abused by the government. The government is now using his son, Quinta Xavier Vonderheide, as a pawn in its vindictive battle to hide its crimes against the state’s children and families and attack those who attempt to expose them.
Alienating Ex Convicted of Lying to Police Gets Sole Custody
Quinta’s mother is Vonderheide’s ex-girlfriend Wendy Flanders. She has systematically alienated her son from his father and engaged in access blocking, denigration, defamation, and false police reports to destroy the child’s relationship with his father. She is unable to accept that their son should have time with both his parents and is willing to break the law, scheme, manipulate, and conspire to ensure that he will never see his father again. As is typical, family law courts reward such behaviors unless a parent can afford to bring contempt of court charges against the abuser.
She even attempted to change his name to Quinta Xavier Flanders, a common stunt for alienating parents who alter their children’s names to remove all mention of the hated ex.
This is nothing new for Flanders as she is a serial parental alienator. She has engaged in this child abuse not only involving Quinta, but also regarding her daughter Bryna Elizabeth Flanders-Harris and that girl’s father John Harris. In that case, she used false allegations of child sexual abuse among other methods. There are also reports that she attempted similar family terrorism against another previous ex, a Mr. Caruso who is no longer alive to defend himself and his child Emily from the sociopathic Flanders.
In February 2003 the judge awarded custody of Xavier to his mother, ordering that he spend two days a week with his father. But Flanders soon decided to ignore the judge’s order, at first restricting visits to only two hours a day, and then thwarting all contact for months at a time.
But that wasn’t enough, so Flanders schemed to alienate Xavier from his father.
According to the contempt motion, Flanders first withheld information from Ben, refusing to advise him about school programs, teacher conferences, or even the name of the kindergarten where Xavier would be attending.
She then fabricated multiple allegations of abuse, a claim of fear being the only proof she needed. Then she used these unproven accusations to show Xavier that his father was a perp. On the advice of counselors, the father once made several telephone calls to the child. The mother then claimed those calls amounted to harassment. The district attorney later dismissed the ridiculous charge.
Next she resorted to outright manipulation. One day Flanders informed the father he wouldn’t be allowed to see his son for Christmas Eve. Then she had the child dress up in anticipation of the father’s visit. When the father didn’t arrive, she used that as proof the father was a deadbeat.
And finally, Flanders violated a key requirement of the custody order that neither make “derogatory comments about the other parent.” Instead, she waged a campaign of calumnies, repeatedly calling Ben a liar and abuser.
Once Xavier introduced his father to his classmates as, “This is my Daddy – he is filled with hatred and anger” – a phrase that a five-year-old boy is unlikely to come up with on his own.
Flanders escalated continuously, making a never-ending stream of criminal complaints against Vonderheide that were not only interfering with his time with his son but also causing a huge amount of trouble and expense including being arrested based upon false allegations.
Wendy Flanders of Pennsylvania is a repeat false accuser. Beginning in 2002 she began to make a variety of allegations against boyfriend Ben Vonderheide. The claims included — get ready for this — one charge of kidnapping, 2 trespassing charges, 3 charges of domestic abuse, 3 counts of harassment, and 25 accusations of indirect criminal contempt.
The allegations culminated in November 2004, when she claimed that Vonderheide assaulted her. That night the police came to Vonderheide’s house and put him in the pokey.
Problem was, the whole incident was caught on videotape, which proved that she was the aggressor in a conniving attempt to provoke him: http://5thestate.com/051006.htm .
Recently Vonderheide was expunged on many of the charges. And two weeks ago a jury in Lancaster County found Wendy Flanders guilty of making false statements to police officials. The punishment? A slap-on-the-wrist $250 fine and one year of probation.
Mr. Vonderheide spent about $350,000 defending himself. “The only reason I’m out of jail is because I filmed, published on my own, and I engaged the ‘underground’ press to expose my case,” he later told me.
Vonderheide’s abusive ex and her latest boyfriend Theodore Yoder were convicted of repeatedly lying to police to try to get Vonderheide arrested on false allegations. The convictions occurred in part because Vonderheide had very convincing evidence. He video and audio records constantly because of his extended experience with pathological liar Flanders, especially if she might be in the area. If he didn’t have those recordings, he might have wound up in prison for a very long time. That’s because in the US, domestic violence and restraining order violation allegations are treated as guilty until proven innocent crimes in violation of the US Constitution. You have to prove your innocence, yet even when you do, you can still be hounded with persecution via a record of criminal accusations that will cost you jobs, income, and your reputation potentially for the rest of your life. See Restraining Order Abuse (WCVB TV Boston) for a video that briefly explains the problem via interviews with two men abused by liars and the consequent government harassment.
In a twisted display of the way government enables liars to cause immense damage to their victims, some of Vonderheide’s recordings are deemed by police to be illegal even though it is clearly evident that these recordings have helped prove that his ex is maliciously lying about him to destroy his life and send him to prison.
Despite her long-standing malicious pattern of conduct, Flanders got one year probation rather than the two years prison sentence plus a $250 fine. This enabled her to continue her alienation campaign and she eventually got full custody of their son Quinta.
Flanders is a documented parental alienator, liar, and abuser and was convicted of crimes that make it clear she is dishonest and malicious. But her ex is not liked by the government because he is intent on exposing the government’s crimes against parents and children, including what they have wrongly done to him. Seemingly as a result of this, they are now denying him access to school, medical, psychological, and religious records, all contact with his son, and continue to conspire with Wendy Flanders and her many associates to persecute the man.
They are also conspiring to cover up evidence of crimes committed by Flanders and make it inaccessible to the public. For instance, Judge Wayne G. Hummer ordered that the video of the incident mentioned above be removed from a website exposing the actions of Wendy Flanders. By protecting and rewarding the abuser, judges can increase conflict and increase their job security and the incomes of their many friends in the divorce industry including lawyers, therapists, mediators, and custody evaluators. Causing, exacerbating, and refusing to stop child custody conflicts are the means by which courts and government extort many billions of dollars per year out of American families yet can blame the victims for the problems.
Vonderheide’s Battle Against Corrupt and Abusive Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Despite all of the persecution, Vonderheide won’t stop fighting to see his son and to expose what the Lancaster County government is doing to him and other parents. Along the way, he has come to realize what many of us know well – the United States and its political subdivisions are human and civil rights violators of massive proportions and that children are central to the means of terrorizing and controlling the population for the power and profit of the corrupt officials who populate positions of authority across this sociopathic nation.
Vonderheide has put up a very interesting video website called Daddy Justice covering some of his experiences with the abusive courts and government of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. But he’s not limiting himself to just his case.
Daddy Justice Out to Protect Abused Moms, Too
While Vonderheide’s critics, including many Pennsylvania state judges and government officials, wrongly accuse him of being a father’s rights bigot against mothers, that is not the case if you take the time to watch several of the videos he’s produced. He knows what it is like to be a father abused by the government and so his opinions are undeniably flavored by that experience. Yet he and his associates are going all-out to expose child-abusing government criminals across Pennsylvania, including those involved in cases in which the abuse victims in the videos are mothers and children. Mothers are victims of false child sexual abuse allegations and parental alienation, too, as the case of Tonya Craft has recently amply shown.
Pennsylvania is a particularly corrupt and abusive state as is evidenced by nearby Luzerne County’s extensive kids-for-cash court corruption scandal in which judges received payments for many years in return for violating the rights of children to fair and impartial trials and sentencing them to time in privately-owned for-profit prisons. Many of these children had committed such atrocities as minor shoplifing (less than $5, first time offense) and treasonous crimes such as being disrespectful of a school official on the Internet because that school official cancelled an activity the “child criminal” had worked hard to organize. In Pennsylvania, as in most of America, children have no rights and are being taught at an early age that freedom of speech is no longer a right in this country. In America today, children are tools for government control and profit for government officials and their friends.
As a result of the threat that Vonderheide represents to their corrupt activities, the local government is out to ruin this man’s life by any means they can. Chief among them is using his son Quinta as a pawn in a dirty war on Ben Vonderheide. Maligning him as a woman-hater is a propaganda stunt learned from the government’s heros, government Joes like Joseph Stalin, Joseph Goebbels, and Joseph Biden.
Joseph Biden, Pennsylvania-born Tyrant Against Human Rights
US Vice President Biden, a major backer of human rights violations and government abuse, was born in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, just a stone’s throw from Luzerne County and not far from Lancaster County. His family has been involved in state government going back generations. Corruption, violating human and civil rights, and trampling the US Constitution are major industries for Pennsylvania. So it should be no surprise that Biden was primarily responsible for crafting and passing VAWA, the abusive legislation which has terminated “innocent until proven guilty” and “equal protection under the law” rights for all men in the United States.
Such rights are supposedly protected by the US Constitution, but that document is routinely ignored by the courts and American governments at all levels at their whim, particularly in cases in which the accused has embarrassed or angered the government by exposing its true nature. If any woman accuses a man of a crime such as defending himself from her physical attack, trying to arrange time to see his children, or running away in fear for his life rather than being subjected to her demands of false imprisonment, slavery, or death, the state will assume he is guilty even if there is not a shred of evidence. They will take his children, home, property, income, and freedom from him and do all of this long before he gets a trial, often even before he knows the accusations. Joseph Biden made this happen, but he was not alone. Most of the US House and Senate and the US President are his co-conspirators in this matter.
Women may feel safe from VAWA. They should not. It is starting to be applied to deprive them of their rights, too.
Breyonna Shope Case in Lancaster
Recently, Vonderheide has focused some effort on exposing Pennsylvania government sponsored child abuse cases. One of them features a toddler named Breyonna who was taken away from her mother Patricia Shope for two months with no reasonable cause. Her mother took her to see a doctor for medical care for yet another ear infection. The medical staff falsely accused her of being on drugs and then arranged for CYS (Children and Youth Services, one of the many names of CPS agencies) and police to show up to take her child. She passed the drug test showing she was not using any drugs, but that didn’t matter. Social worker Gary Sanderson wanted to keep the child in foster care anyway. So then CYS made claims that Shope suffered from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy because she had taken her baby to the doctor 16 times so far in the year, mostly for ear infections from which prematurely born Breyonna suffered chronically. After they had kept Breyonna from her frantic family for a week with no reasonable cause, then CYS demanded Patricia submit to a psychological evaluation. Yet after spending more than $10,000 on legal fees and psychological evaluations from two psychologists who both agreed she had no mental illnesses that would affect her ability to care for her child, the government still would not return the baby.
Daddy Justice: Breyonna Case
Shope was lucky they didn’t lie about her or “diagnose” what should be obvious and rational reasons for fear, distrust, anger, and depression as something else. Psychologists and other medical “professionals” are routinely employed by the government to justify abusive government actions and many of them will lie, exaggerate, and distort to serve the government masters who pay them and send business their way. They have a direct financial incentive to do so.
County Pays $125,000 to Shope Family as Settlement
Patricia Shope and her family were so outraged by the government’s abuse that she filed a federal civil rights law suit. That suit never made it to trial, likely because the government did not want the media coverage and publicity it would have generated. Instead, they settled the matter on the eve of trial.
Shope v. Lancaster County Children & Youth Services (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008) – On June 8, 2006, the year old daughter of Patricia Shope was taken to the Lancaster General Hospital where she was diagnosed with ear infections (otitis media). For reasons that never became clear, a social worker for Lancaster County Children & Youth Services (“CYS”) came to the hospital, without reasonable suspicion, and took custody of the child. The mother was required to see two different psychologists, at the request of CYS, both of whom found no issues with the mother. Despite the fact that CYS never had any evidence of abuse or neglect, they retained custody of the child until August, 2006. Following the child’s return and an investigation by Archangel Investigations, a federal civil rights lawsuit was initiated by the Camp Hill law firm, Boyle, Neblett & Wenger, alleging 14th Amendment violations. The case settled on the eve of trial when CYS agreed to pay Ms. Shope $125,000 for the Constitutional violation.
Government Child Abuse Is Profitable If It Can Be Covered Up
Breyonna’s mother Patricia Shope, grandmother Kathy Roth, and many others have spoken to local government officials in attempts to get them to stop the abuse happening to children in the county. But Lancaster County commissioners benefit from their social workers engaging in abusive and illegal actions. It helps the county cover its expenses, arguably also paying for their salaries, too. Lancaster County is not unique in this, it is common to counties across the United States. That’s because the US federal government pays counties for such illegal actions and has no protection mechanisms designed to detect, investigate, and prosecute counties and government workers engaging in these crimes. Occasionally the counties may have to pay out civil settlements, such as the $125,000 paid to settle the claims of Breyonna’s family against the government, but such settlements are few and far between. They are a tiny percentage of the “earnings” from millions of children affected each year times the several thousand dollars per month CPS agencies “earn” by taking a child from his or her family in the United States. They are like bad debt losses to loan sharks. Terrorize the victims and many of them will cave. The few who don’t are but small nuisances compared to the profits made via this government-sponsored organized crime.
Governments prefer these settlements to the adverse publicity of such cases that could threaten their ability to continue to abuse children and families for profit. They want to keep the names of their agencies, employees, and experts out of the news in order to continue their profitable extortion of families.
Looking for more information on the Shope case, it appears that most of the coverage from the local Lancaster area news media has “disappeared” from the Internet. Even though news of the $125,000 settlement is little more than two years old, local media websites are nearly devoid of any information. Where you can find information on it is on websites run by people determined to protect children and families from the ongoing abuse and violence perpetrated by governments.
Given the disgustingly common complicity of local media in covering up the misconduct of local government criminals, I can’t help but wonder if that is what is happening here. Fortunately, some web sites copied the articles in their entirety. We don’t usually do this ourselves, but given the importance of this case and how it appears it is being hidden with the possible reason being that the government doesn’t want the public to know what they did, we’ll provide a full copy of one of the articles here and credit to the original publication, Lancaster New Era, and its Lancaster Online web site. If their interest in informing the public outweighs their interest in covering up government abuse, then Lancaster Online should restore that article on its own web site rather than leaving only the title accessible.
Lancaster New Era, Published: Feb 25, 2008, 11:11 EST, Lancaster
By JANET KELLEY, Staff
When the Lititz woman took her toddler to the hospital more than two years ago, she had no idea of the legal fight she was about to face.
Patricia M. Shope was sitting at her daughter’s hospital bedside in June 2006 when, she says, a caseworker for Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency announced he was taking custody of her child, according to court documents.
For two months, Shope fought to have her child returned, in spite, she claims in documents, of a caseworker’s false accusations that she was suffering from a mental illness and his threats to put the child up for adoption if she didn’t cooperate.
The county’s Children & Youth Agency admits doing nothing wrong and denies almost all of Shope’s allegations, according to court documents, but it recently agreed to pay the woman $125,000 to settle the lawsuit.
Most important to Shope, her lawyer said, is that she has her child back.
According to legal documents and Shope’s attorney, Dennis E. Boyle, the county violated her constitutional rights to due process by taking her daughter without probable cause.
The federal lawsuit — filed against Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency and Gary Sanderson, a caseworker — was filed in November 2006, but the parties settled earlier this month before going to trial.
Crystal Gingrich, executive director of the county agency since March 2007, deferred all questions to the Lancaster County Commissioner’s office. Attorneys representing the county agency in the lawsuit could not be reached for comment.
Lancaster County Commissioner Scott Martin said there was never any admission of fault by the county or Children & Youth Agency employees.
The decision to settle the lawsuit, Martin explained, is made by attorneys for insurance companies who need to weigh the financial impact of on-going litigation.
Shope’s daughter, Breyonna, was born prematurely in June 2005 and had a history of ear infections, according to court documents.
In May 2006, she was treated for chronic ear infections at Lancaster Regional Medical Center and the following month, on June 6, 2006, Breyonna was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for an unexplained fever. She was diagnosed with chronic ear infection and admitted to the hospital.
Two days later, Shope claims, as she sat with her child in a hospital room, Sanderson, accompanied by two city police officers, entered the room and told Shope they’d be taking custody of her daughter.
When asked why, Shope said Sanderson told her he suspected she was under the influence of some type of narcotic. She volunteered for a urine drug test, which came back negative.
According to court records, Sanderson specifically denied telling Shope he was taking her child, but admitted questioning the woman as to whether she was under the influence of drugs.
Shope said Sanderson told her he was still taking the child because she had “too many doctor’s visits” and accused her of having a serious psychological problem, specifically Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a disorder in which a parent intentionally injures a child and then seeks medical treatment for the child.
In a letter dated June 9, 2006, Shope said she was advised that the agency suspected her of “serious physical neglect” and filed a petition to seek custody.
Four days later, on June 13, 2006, in another letter, Children & Youth requested that Shope undergo a psychological evaluation to determine her fitness as a mother.
Two University of Pennsylvania psychologists evaluated Shope and sent letters to county authorities concluding that she “did not suffer from Munchaussen Syndrome by Proxy or any other psychological illness that affected her ability to care for her child.”
An emergency hearing was scheduled for June 12, according to the lawsuit, with a subsequent hearing scheduled for June 23.
But when she and her attorney arrived for the hearing on June 23, they were told that it had already been held in her absence, with the court ruling in favor of Children & Youth.
Neither she or her attorney had been notified of the time change and the next hearing had been scheduled in August 2006, she claimed. However, the county claims that Shope’s attorney at the time was aware of and had agreed to the change.
When Shope complained about the decision made in absentia, Sanderson “indicated that she needed to agree with everything Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency wanted to do or Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency would have her parental rights terminated and adopt-out Breyonna to another family.”
“Sanderson continued to threaten to adopt Breyonna to another family,” according to the lawsuit, “telling Ms. Shope that the ‘clock is ticking’ if she continued to persist in her attempts to obtain custody of her daughter.”
On July 31, Breyonna was finally returned to her mother when Children & Youth determined the report of serious physical neglect was unfounded. A county judge made it official on Aug. 28.
The cost of her two month battle: legal fees of $8,971 and psychologist fees of $1,050.
Boyle said the county violated Shope’s right to due process, based on threats to her and the length of time they kept the toddler in foster care.
“We’re pleased,” Boyle said, “but this was never about the money….It was about sending a message to the agency not to do anything like this again.”
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Child Are A Commodity Trafficked for Government Power and Profit
Children are the commodity in which American CPS agencies traffic in order to earn payments from the US federal government for abusing children and victimizing families. Every child they take helps pay their salaries. With no effective oversight and absolute immunity for social workers for nearly anything short of the death of a child, there is nothing to dissuade the many bad social workers from lying, perjuring, and abusing the children they are supposed to protect while terrorizing their parents and families. CPS social workers know that they are expected to “earn revenue” to pay their salaries when they can’t find any children actually being abused. So they scheme to take children away from loving parents, place them in foster care, and race to adopt them to other people permanently. They didn’t use to race to adopt them out because it would stop the revenue generated by abusing a child. That become more common after the US federal government voted to pay them to do it after they complained that adoptions deprived them of revenue.
While CPS agencies across the country are routinely abusive, dishonest, and eager to take children and refuse to return them even after allegations are proven false, Pennsylvania is particularly extreme. A WHP TV report on hearings on the abusive Pennsylvania child “protection” system states that the state takes children from their families around 3 times more often than in Los Angeles or New York and 6 times more often than in Chicago.
Are Pennsylvania parents 6 times more abusive than Chicago parents? That’s hard to swallow. Far easier to believe, given the frequent headlines Pennsylvania is making with its corrupt government and courts, is that the state is 6 times more abusive against its children and families than the state of Illinois.
Lancaster County Out to Ruin Ben Vonderheide
The corrupt government of Lancaster County doesn’t limit itself to propaganda and defamation against Vonderheide. They use every tool at their disposal to hide their true nature and growing list of crimes against humanity including, so far, apparently anything short of murdering Ben Vonderheide. Perhaps they set that as the boundary because they suspect the public might not believe their “self-defense” story if he showed up dead with gunshots to the back and the bullets matched the guns of local cops acting on orders from the judges and government officials being embarrassed by Vonderheide exposing their illegal and abusive actions.
Perhaps you naively think that government-backed murder could never happen. Consider the untimely death of CPS reform advocate and former George Senator Nancy Schaefer before you jump to that conclusion. She was working tirelessly for years to force reform on the government to stop the CPS and family law court abuses before she was murdered in 2010. As a very credible and well-reputed speaker, she was a major threat to the people who benefit from using children as pawns in their criminal profiteering.
The Unlimited Power of Child Protective Services (Part 1)
The Unlimited Power of Child Protective Services (Part 2)
Watch the video and listen to the statistics. This courageous woman spoke out against the CPS and family law abuse against children and families, particularly fathers, and pointed out that American family law courts control the income and assets of 40+ million Americans and $40 billion in income transfer payments per year from which they derive their job security and income. An entire industry controlled by judges and their well-connected friends has been built around using children as pawns to terrorize, control, extort, and use families for the financial gain of government and its allies. Much of it funded by US federal payments of $4000 to $6000 per child to take a child from his or her family, place them in foster care, and eventually adopt them to strangers. Schaefer’s fight for justice may have cost her and her husband’s lives. She was believed to be on the verge of publishing information that would have exposed Georgia government officials for involvement in child abuse and child sex trafficking. While the government’s “explanation” is that her allegedly terminally cancer-ridden husband killed her then himself, their children are clear that he didn’t have cancer and wasn’t sick.
People like Ben Vonderheide are running similar risks to what Nancy Schaefer as he is also challenging the powerful corrupt and abusive money interests of the government and its leaders, employees, and friends. While he is not yet as well-known as Nancy Schaefer, he is a threat to the corrupt government of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and therefore he will continue to be attacked mercilessly as they have been doing for years. We should all be very thankful that this man and his friends are working tirelessly to fight for the rights of children and parents. Hopefully Quinta will understand, despite his mother’s hateful alienation, that his father is a hero who is working to ensure that what happens to so many parents and children today will not happen to Quinta and his future children tomorrow.
If you live in Lancaster County, vote against any incumbents in the county government and courts who have not actively sided against these abuses. These people benefit from the abuses and they therefore will not stop them. Voters must act if there is any hope to stop the abuse against the children and parents like Vonderheide.
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