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    Posted November 9, 2012 by
    Southbury, Connecticut

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    The Crime of Parental Alienation

    Parental Alienation is a crime of hate using psychological abuse. When a parent deliberately destroys the relationship between the children and a once loved parent, this is child abuse and a form of domestic violence. Sadly, child protective services and the counselors know it exists and a serious problem but without legislation, these professionals claim they can do nothing about it. And because of this, the courts continue to turn their heads and let these young innocent victims continue to be abused. Jerry Mastrangelo is a father who is missing out on raising his triplets because their mother has made it a living hell for them to love their father. They are torn and ripped from side to side. After years of abuse by their mother, and having to feel like they were being split in two every time pretending to be one person with their mother and a completely different person with their father, the children had no choice but to side with the aggressive parent for fear of being further abandoned and loosing her love. This is the typical pattern of behavior for children caught in the middle of a high conflict divorce.

    Part 1 in a Series of Articles

    By Joan Kloth-Zanard, RSS, ABI and LC

    A heart-wrenching court case is going to begin on the 3rd floor of the New Haven Superior Court. Jerry Mastrangelo, a father who has shared joint legal custody of his 13-year-old triplets since December 2007, has not seen them in almost 2 years. One might ask why. Is he a bad father, did he do something wrong, did he abuse them or the mother? The answer to all of these questions is apparently, No. Instead, he is the victim or targeted parent of alienation.
    Mastrangelo’s rights to maintain a relationship with his children are fundamental rights protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. When those rights are violated, the courts should be applying strict scrutiny to any of those statutes that directly and substantially impair those rights." (P.O.P.S. v. Gardner, 998 F2d 764 (9th Cir. 1993)) According to Mr. Mastrangelo, this is his constitutional right as a US citizen.
    To keep ones children from a biological parent when there is no evidence of that parent being unfit is a crime, which is why Mr. Mastrangelo hired, Mr. Pattis, a high profile criminal attorney, who rarely if ever, steps foot in a family court. According to Mr. Mastrangelo, his attorney would rather be in criminal court on the 5th floor than in a family courtroom. It seems that Mr. Pattis is very cognizant of the extremely emotional trauma that occurs when a parent creates a contentious divorce and custody situation by isolating the children from the other parent. Starting on September 11, Mr. Pattis will be trying to reunite Mr. Mastrangelo with his children in a highly publicized court case. He believes that denying a good, loving parent from having a parent/child relationship, is a crime.
    The crime we are talking about here has several names. It is called Parental Alienation, Hostile Aggressive Parenting, Parentectomy or simply, PAS. It is a form of psychological abuse where one parent deliberately undermines the relationship between the children and the other parent using bullying, manipulation and scare tactics. In fact, it involves any action that impedes with a child having a healthy relationship with the other parent.
    Mr. Mastrangelo was recently interviewed by Mary Jones on WDRC-AM and Vinnie Penn on WELI-AM 960. In addition to these local media outlets, this case has captured the attention on a Regional and National level thanks to Ann Baldwin, a media specialist and president of Baldwin Media Marketing. Calls to Mr. Mastrangelo’s ex-wife’s for her response to this story were not returned.
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