3 children locked up after refusing to have lunch with dad

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OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. -- A group of parents in Michigan are demanding that three siblings be released from a juvenile detention facility.

Judge Lisa Gorcyca sentenced them to the detention center for refusing to have lunch with their father. According to WJBK-TV, the kids were punished for not submitting to the judge’s demand that they foster a “healthy relationship” with their dad.

The oldest child, 15, told the judge he saw his father hit his mother, but Judge Gorcyca claimed he had been brainwashed.

The other children are 10 and 9 years old.

The judge ordered the children be held separately until they attempt to have a relationship with their father, or until they turn 18.

“It might be one day…it might be three years. It might be until you’re 18,” the judge said according to court transcripts.

They've been held for two weeks.

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8 comments

  • lon

    so the judge said the 15 yr old was brainwashed?? think the kids have a reason they dont want to be with their father? the father should be the one forming a “healthy” relationship with his children and not the other way around. this judge needs to be removed form the bench as this is no reason to punish the children

  • anne

    This is absolutely crazy. If the child said he seen his dad hit mom why would he be brainwashed. Maybe someone brainwashed this judge. Never in my life have I seen such craziness as lately with our judicial system and judges.

  • paticular

    This is INSANE! That judge should be removed, at the very least. You can’t order affection, nor enforce it by jail.

  • Breanna Green

    This is one of the craziest things that I’ve ever heard!! I can’t believe that she has the authority to put these children away for that amount of time. There should’ve been a max of 6 hours in jail, at least. WoW, so stupid!!

  • Cherilyn W

    What kind of sadist does that?! Those kids are old enough to know whether or not they want to foster a relationship with an abusive parent. Maybe their mother is not the only one he has hit. Petition to remove that judge from family court!

  • Mary Collins

    This Judge should be disbarred immediately! Where is the family court system? Why don’t they have an advocate? This is awful.