Sources who wish to remain anonymous contacted this reporter to state that both the daughter and the son of Leo Allen Magers are now residing in safe homes apart from their abusive father. Leo Allen Magers, who has a long history of alcohol and drug abuse, apparently now lives in his expensive Benicia home alone.
Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz is reportedly living in the East Bay with a relative and it is said her father has supervised visitation with her. Haleigh, now a teenager, is the daughter of Carol Mardeusz and Leo Magers. This young lady has been at the center of a bitter custody battle that has raged in the courts of Sonoma, Marin and Solano counties for over ten years.
Protective mother Mardeusz has continually claimed that her daughter was being abused by Leo Magers. The judges in Sonoma and Marin counties worked in concert to constantly protect the father. Finally Judge Verna Adams, working hand in glove with Judge Michael Dufficy, succeeded in jailing Carol Mardeusz on trumped up charges of two counts of attempted child abduction and two counts of perjury. Sentenced to nine months in prison Carol Mardeusz served three months of her sentence. She was then released and placed on five years probation. The probation requirements included a no contact order with Haleigh for the five-year length of the probation. Judge Verna Adams implied that if any maternal family were to try to see Haleigh it could result in the revocation of mother Mardeusz's probation. This order effectively prevented Carol Mardeusz from contacting her daughter until December 2005. This probation order also victimized the child, Haleigh, by severing her from any contact with the maternal side of her family.
In October 2004 Leo Magers was charged with two counts of felony child abuse after he severely beat Haleigh. Following the arrest of Leo Magers, Judge Verna Adams demonstrated her vindictive attitude and total lack of compassion for mother and daughter by refusing to lower Carol Mardeusz's probation time by a year so that Haleigh could experience the love and compassion of her mother. Once again Judge Adams protected the predator and ignored the anguish of the victim.
In spite of the vicious abuse Leo Magers inflicted on Haleigh with his son Lee present in October 2004, both children were returned to him by Solano County authorities in April 2005. This was done in spite of the fact that those authorities knew or should have known that Lee's mother Ana Marie Cavazos Magers had died under suspicious circumstances in December of 2001. (Click. Haleigh Mardeusz' stepmother found dead on Leo Magers' kitchen floor.) Both children were also present the night Ana Marie died in Leo Mager's home in Rohnert Park, California. Haleigh called 911 that night. Both emergency responders and emergency room doctors reported that Leo Magers was drunk and disruptive as they attempted to resuscitate his 33 year old wife. Regardless of Magers' condition that evening Sonoma County CPS under the direction of Carol Bauer did not remove the children from his care.
A couple of years later Leo Magers was charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse for locking Haleigh out of his home and for being found drunk in bed with his son when the police arrived. Once again Sonoma County Child Protective Service did nothing to remove the children from their neglectful father's care.
In June of 2004 on a trip to Paris, France, Leo Magers was arrested to beating his two children and they were placed in protective custody. However, upon their return to Sonoma County the children were once again returned to the care of their abuser.
In an all too familiar pattern Haleigh was severely beaten by her father as Lee was forced to watch in October 2004 at their new home in Benicia, California. Luckily the mother of one of Haleigh's classmates was on the telephone and heard Magers' verbal and physical attack on his daughter. That mother responsibly called the Benicia police who made the arrest that resulted in the two felony charges.
In June 2005 Leo Magers rear ended a car while driving with a .20 blood alcohol content. He had three teenagers in his car including his daughter Haleigh. He was arrested and ultimately convicted of a misdemeanor DUI (Solano County Court Case No. VCR179267). On November 1, 2005 he chose to serve a total of four days in the county jail rather then perform community service. He was also fined $1,287.00 plus $170 in fees. He must also attend a DUI offender program and submit to any alcohol and drug testing required by a peace officer.
Sometime after April 2005, Haleigh and Lee were removed from Leo Magers' home and placed in foster homes. Little is known about the conditions under which Haleigh is living except that she is well and safe. Individuals close the Cavazos family say that Lee is in a good foster home with children his own age. Sadly he remembers little about his mother because he was so young when she died. However Cavazos' family members are allowed unsupervised, unscheduled visits with the young boy and they are trying to rekindle his memories of the beautiful Ana.
On October 3, 2005 Leo Magers entered a plea to the two counts of felony child abuse (Solano County Court Costa Case No. 176183).
On October 28, 2005 The Solano County Department of Child Support filed a complaint for child support to be paid by Leo Magers for his son Lee. (Solano County Court Case. FFL088171). This final action is ironic in light of the fact that Leo Magers conspired to steal custody of Haleigh away from mother Carol Mardeusz because he did not want to pay child support for his daughter. (Click. Who has Sole Custody of Haleigh Mardeusz?) Justice has a strange way of coming in the back door.
Virginia McCullough © 11/23/05
THE TRIALS OF CAROL MARDEUSZ WHO FOUGHT FOR THE
CUSTODY AND WELFARE OF HER DAUGHTER
by Virginia McCullough
CLICK. UPDATE! THE ROHNERT PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT AND LEO MAGERS
Click. THE WALLS OF SILENCE THAT PROTECT
Click AN OPEN LETTER TO MARIN COUNTY PROBATION OFFICER MARGARET EDWARDS ADDRESSING THE CAROL MARDEUSZ CASE. (8/14/00)
Click. MARIN DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAULA KAMENA HAS A LOT OF ADMIRERS -- PUBLIC DEFENDER MARK DAVIS AND JUDGE VERNA ADAMS BOTH CONTRIBUTED TO KAMENA'S CAMPAIGN FOR DA. DOES THIS AFFECT THE PROSECUTION OF CAROL MARDEUSZ? (6/16/00 )
Click QUESTION: WHO HAS SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY OF HALEIGH MARDEUSZ?
ANSWER: HALEIGH'S MOTHER, CAROL MARDEUSZ.
THEN WHY IS THE MARIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE DESPERATELY TRYING TO JAIL CAROL MARDEUSZ?
BECAUSE ATTORNEY PAULA KAMENA WANTS TO PROTECT COCAINE DISTRIBUTOR AND USER LEO MAGERS? MARIN COUNTY CITIZENS SHOULD ASK WHY ARE OUR TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS BEING WASTED TRYING TO CONVICT CAROL MARDEUSZ! 6/13/00
Click. Who protects Haleigh Mardeusz.
Click. Haleigh Mardeusz' stepmother found dead on Leo Magers' kitchen floor.
THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF 33 YEAR OLD ANNA MARIE CAVAZOS.
Click. Why Did Children's Protective Services (CPS) Fail to Protect Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz?
Click. Where is Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz?
Click. Leo Magers courts Ana Cavazos. A Rohnert Park love story.
Click. Will the Sonoma County Coroner Release the Body of Anna Marie Cavazos to Leo Magers Without Proof of Marriage?
Click. SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF-CORONER'S AUTOPSY REPORT REGARDING ANA CAVAZOS MAGERS
Click. SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF CORONER'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORT REGARDING THE DEATH OF ANA CAVAZOS MAGERS
Click. Photo: Ana Cavazos Magers Click. Photos: Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz and her brother Leo
Click. Photos: Leo Magers and his associates and wife Ana
CLICK. COMPLAINT FOR THE ARREST OF LEO MAGERS FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT
REGARDING GIRL, 11, AND INFANT BOY. (7/10/02)
Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS PLEADS NO CONTEST TO FELONY CHILD ABUSE OF HALEIGH MAGERS-MARDEUSZ (10/4/05)
Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS PLEADS NO CONTEST TO DRUNK DRIVING -- .20 BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (10/9/05)
Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS UPDATE (11/23/05)