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Why Did Children's Protective Services Fail to Protect Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz? 

by Virginia McCullough

In California Xiana Fairchild and Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz were both abandoned by the Children's Protective Services (CPS).  Solano, Marin and Sonoma Counties utterly failed to protect these two fragile young girls.

Despite all excuses Solano County's CPS did not act to protect Xiana ignoring neighbors' complaints to the agency about Xiana's behavior and home life.  The complaints were made one week prior to the girl's disappearance on December 9, 1999.   When the neighborhood complaints surfaced in January 2000, one Solano County Supervisor expressed outrage.  Citing a CPS budget increase of almost $600,000 in the 1998-1999 fiscal year, Supervisor Skip Thomson said "I'm sick and tired of seeing and hearing what's coming out of CPS.  Heads need to roll....I'm fed up with CPS."

This reporter feels exactly the same way about CPS in Marin County and Sonoma County.  These two agencies have turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the continual reports of Leo Magers' abuse of Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz.

When The Fairfield Daily Republic ran a story about Solano County's Board of Supervisors criticism of CPS on January 6, 2000, I posted the following comments to the forum RemarQ on the world wide web.  The case I cited was the case of Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz:

It has been my experience, as a journalist, that the so-called "privacy" and/or "confidentiality" rules and regulations are used to protect only the individuals employed in "child protection".  The children at risk are NOT the concern of the regulations that allow social workers to hide from the sunlight of disclosure and accountability.

In one glaring case of physical and sexual child abuse in Sonoma County, the woman responsible for the protection of abused children told me over the phone that she was aware that a father and his mother had been arrested in Marin County for the sexual and physical abuse of his female child.  Marin County then accepted a lie detector report submitted by an ex-FBI agent who was a personal friend of the mother who paid for the report, as evidence that there was insufficient grounds to prosecute mother and son and dropped all charges.  Additionally Marin County ordered the physical evidence destroyed to protect the perpetrators.  After this series of events, both perpetrators were released and the father was given sole physical custody of the child.  Custody was changed with no legal hearing to expose the drug and alcohol abuse of the father violating state law that cites custody is determined "in the best interests of the child".   The father continued to physically and sexually abuse the girl.  The mother reporting the continual abuse was forced to visit the child with a court ordered supervisor present.  During the last visit allowed the mother, the child arrived crying and showing the four witnesses present cigarette burns to the bone on the front of both legs.  Pictures were taken of these burns and a declaration was submitted by the court ordered supervisor which states "daddy did it".

The supervisor in Sonoma County who confirmed these events by phone became very nervous when I told her that I had pictures of the burns and the declaration and would mail them to her so that she could submit this evidence to the proper authorities.  She abruptly ended the conversation.  I followed through by mailing the package certified mail, restricted delivery, so that I would have proof that she had accepted the mailing.  The "child protection" supervisor on Sonoma County was so concerned about this abused child that she refused to accept the mailing even though the outside of the envelope was stamped with two "pick up" notices to her from the US Post Office.  The mailing was returned to me and I kept it unopened as proof of her refusal to accept personal  and professional responsibility for reporting this atrocity.

The supervisor knew that the fix was in within Marin and Sonoma that would force this youngster to continue to be abused with impunity for the abuser constituting a hellish prison for the child.  The supervisor was absolutely right.  The entire judicial bench of Sonoma County and Marin County have directed their collective wrath at the mother of the child who reported the abuse, prosecuting her in a series of Nazi style trials for everything from failure to pay the abuser child support to contempt of court.

The mother and her oldest daughter were key witnesses at one stage in the trial of Richard Allen Davis for the murder of Polly Klaas.  The family had lived one and a half blocks from Polly's home.  The oldest daughter is a look alike to Polly Klaas.  She and her girlfriend had been stalked by Davis a full two weeks BEFORE Polly was kidnapped.  The mother had made several police reports of sightings of a man answering Davis' description and she had supplied the license number of the car Davis was driving to the police.  The well redacted police report shows that an All Points Bulletin (APB) was issued for this man on September 13th, two weeks before the Klaas kidnapping.  This is not what the Petaluma Police Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff and The Sonoma County Prosecutors wanted the public to believe,  so the mother and daughter were dropped from the "Petaluma neighborhood" witness list so that their stories would remain hidden from public view.

The mother was then targeted to pressure her with the loss of her youngest child in order to keep her quiet about her Petaluma experience.  When the mother would not stop reporting the abuse of her youngest child, the courts refused to allow her to even see or talk to her abused daughter from the time authorities forced the child from her mother's arms and turned the girl over to her drug dealing father.   This was accomplished with an order obtained ex-parte with no notice to the mother or her attorney at the same time that the trial of Richard Allen Davis in the fall of 1995.  All agencies charged with protecting children forced the child to remain in the hands of a self-acknowledged cocaine distributor/user and abuser of women.  It makes this reporter wonder who the father was supplying with drugs.

This is how the child "protection" services in the state of California abuses and misuses our tax dollars to protect - not the children -- but the people in power with pedophile tendencies.  If the child victim disappears forever or is murdered, that is not their concern.  What is more amazing is the fact that they do not even have to discuss it with the people responsible for distributing the tax dollars to support this farce.  What can Solano County Supervisors and the county's CPS be thinking when they make statements about "privacy" and "confidentiality".  Where is their concern for the children????

Two years and two days after the disappearance of Xiana Fairchild nothing can be done by anyone to save that beautiful little girl.

Six years after Sonoma and Marin county officials stole Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz and gave her to a drug dealer, her step-mother, Anna Marie Cavazos, is dead under suspicious circumstances, Haleigh and her step-brother Baby Lee must be considered material witnesses to an on going investigation into her death and the drug dealer's brother has custody of Haleigh and Baby Lee.

Something CAN be done immediately to save Haleigh!  Give her back to the only person who has the sole legal custody of this child, her loving mother Carol Mardeusz!  If this is done the continuing obstruction of justice perpetrated by all the authorities involved will be limited.  Perhaps, those in control would be wise to consider the terms "taking responsibility", "admitting their crimes", and "mitigating damage".

Virginia McCullough © 12/11/01



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 
LEO MAGERS

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)