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WHO   PROTECTS   HALEIGH   MARDEUSZ?

by Virginia McCullough

There was a recent uproar in Marin County when a group of people, thoroughly fed up with the courts and their lack of justice, began a recall campaign.  This action followed a report written by Karen Winner that severely criticized the cronyism and conflicts of interest that exist between certain judges, expert witnesses and favored attorneys.  The Marin Independent Journal and The Coast Writers Syndicate have recently covered the story. Click  

At the very center of this debate is a woman named Carol Mardeusz who has become the focus of the prosecutors and judges in both Sonoma and Marin Counties.  An inordinate amount of time and money has been spent to discredit and jail this mother of two daughters.  If one listened to the trials this woman has had to endure since 1995 one would wonder if she is not Public Enemy No. 1.  Why is so much time and effort being devoted to the hounding and persecution of this single mom?

Perhaps it is because Carole Mardeusz, her teenage daughter xxxxxxxxxx and her youngest daughter Haleigh, have testified in police reports that the man who confessed to kidnapping and murdering Polly Klaas in October of 1993 might have had an accomplice.  That type of information would not go over well with the local law enforcement and the FBI who diligently worked to convince a nation that Richard Alan Davis was the sole perpetrator in the killing of America's Child.

Mardeusz gave the Petaluma Police Department a report that her Polly look-alike daughter xxxxxxxxxx, and her girlfriend, Click had been stalked by a man answering the description of Richard Alan Davis a full two weeks BEFORE the kidnapping of Polly Klaas.  Within the month following the kidnapping Mardeusz obtained the license number of the car she and her daughters had seen Richard Alan Davis entering.  Nothing was done about these reports but the Mardeusz family was listed as "Petaluma Witnesses" in the trial of Richard Alan Davis, only to be eliminated later by Sonoma County District Attorney Mullins. The Mardeuszs are Brady witnesses in the Davis/Klaas case.

Carol's young daughter, Haleigh, had been  fathered during her brief affair with a man named Leo Magers.  Haleigh was born on October 27, 1990 and she will soon be 10 years old.  Her mother provided a collection of pictures of Haleigh to this reporter.  Click  Magers has a long documented history of physically abusing women.  Magers lives in Rohnert Park and many reports were made to the Police Department there about his abuse of various girlfriends.

Ignorant of these accusations, Mardeusz wanted her daughter to have a father figure in her life.  Although she worked as a court reporter, Mardeusz also needed financial support for her child.  She went to Toni Novak, a supervisor of Sonoma County Legal Services.  Magers' response to Mardeusz' pregnancy was to try to force her to have an abortion and when that failed, he denied paternity in a paternity action.  The Sonoma County District Attorney forced him to do a blood test to determine paternity.  This angered Leo Magers.

According to court records Magers retaliated--beginning a continuing escalation of physical and sexual abuse against his own daughter and threats against Mardeusz if she reported her child as a victim.  The court records indicate that when Haleigh was six months old Magers held Haleigh by one of her legs dropping her to the floor when he blacked out from alcohol.  In 1991 two neighborhood boys in Magers' Rohnert Park neighborhood saw Magers swear at the child and throw her onto the hood of a car, while he was drunk.  Because of this incident [10/31/91] Mardeusz took steps to protect her child by filing a custody/paternity action in Sonoma County [Case No. 194243] on November 27, 1991.  On February 24, 1992 the Sonoma County Superior Court ordered full legal and physical custody of Haleigh to the mother and ordered that Magers be allowed only supervised visitation.  Later the father lost all visitation rights because he did not comply with the court order that he undergo a probation study.

The abuse of the child by the father continued.  The court records state that Haleigh reported to her mother that Magers had squeezed her neck in an abusive way, on more than one occasion.  The mother reported this to her pediatrician Donald Hensley, M.D. at Kaiser Hospital.  The doctor documented the child's cervical pain in a letter dated March 6, 1995 that was entered into the court records.

During 1993 Magers continued his abuse of Haleigh.  The child reported to the mother that Magers physically and sexually abused her by hitting her and poking her in the "pepe".  Five different reports by five different people document the reported abuse by the father.  The most interesting ones are the Child Protective Services Reports dated 6/17/93 to 2/8/94 by Doris Sami, PhD.  This same woman was also to figure prominently in the Polly Klaas case.  Sami had to be aware that the Mardeusz case and the Klaas were intertwined.

During 1993 Magers had a girlfriend named Tina Bob.  Court records state that Magers continually beat her and gave her a black eye and a broken arm.  He was also her cocaine supplier.  In fact he bragged about this under oath when he testified against Tina Bob on behalf of her ex-husband, Jerry Bob, who wanted custody of their children [Solano County Court Case No. F-024625].  Magers admitted under penalty of perjury that he abused alcohol and cocaine and purchased and distributed the drug.

Throughout 1994 Haleigh continued to report to both her mother and her sister that Leo Magers and his mother Dr. Betty Magers were both physically and sexually abusing her.  In Marin County the Novato police received a complaint about Betty Magers because this city is her place of residence.  Novato Police Report No. NP 94004692 dated January 26, 1995 by Officer Brett Gripe noted that on December 12, 1994 during an interview with Betty Magers, she stated that "Leo does have a problem with alcohol.........".  Dr. Betty Magers was employed as a psychologist at Kaiser Hospital in Solano County.

Apparently Magers' problems were well known within his family because on February 6, 1994, his own sister Lynn Magers had reported that Magers had molested Haleigh [ See Petaluma Police Report No. 95-1030].  A second Petaluma Police Report [94-8464] dated 8/3/94 by Officer Tommasi notes that Lynn Magers "observed Haleigh's behavior of the past several years and during this time she has graphically described sexual contacts which are totally inappropriate for a 4-year old child.  On one occasion Haleigh described someone inserting two fingers into her vaginal area."

On February 6, 1995 the Novato Police Department and the Marin County sheriffs  arrested and booked both Leo Magers and Dr. Betty Magers for the sexual and physical abuse of Haleigh.  Click  Dr. Magers and Leo Magers went to a personal friend, a former FBI agent, who gave the two of them a lie detector test that Dr. Magers paid for and the results of this test were then hand delivered to Officer Gripe.  Apparently this test, tainted with conflicts of interest and paid for by the defendants, was used to convince the Marin County District Attorney's office to not follow through with the prosecution of the Magers.     

Court records reflect that on May 25, 1995 Magers was allowed supervised visits following an application for a temporary restraining order by Mardeusz.  The basis for the TRO was that Doris Sami of Sonoma County Child Protective Service had told the mother that Haleigh was molested on four occasions by Magers in his bedroom with "skin to skin contact."  The mother was read this report by Sami who refused to send the mother a copy of the report.  At the suggestion of Sami the mother filed an Emergency Assistance Application and Sami apparently declared Haleigh Mardeusz "at risk"  with the notation "Date child determined to be at risk as of 5/4/95".  Unknown to Mardeusz,  at this time, was the fact that Magers' personal attorney, Catherine Connor, and her law firm Conner, Lawrence, Rodney & Gurney had a contract with Sonoma County to "assist" children "at risk".

Meanwhile during 1995, the trial of Richard Alan Davis was drawing near in Santa Clara County.  His attorney, Barry Collins, had repeatedly stated in the court records that he could not go to trial before the end of August 1995.  Various and bizarre excuses were used by Collins in some instances without his client Davis present in the court room.  The absence of Davis was addressed by both the judge and the prosecution attorneys because, as a death penalty candidate Davis had the absolute right to be present.  The transcripts reflect Collins' strange demand that the Davis trial not begin until August of 1995.

Sonoma County Judge Lloyd Von Der Mahden reacted to the ongoing abuse of Haleigh Mardeusz by awarding Leo Magers physical custody of the child on August 31, 1995 based on a probation report of Carol Mardeusz written by Susan Rivetts, dated August 29, 1995.  Sonoma County did not order a probation report for the father.  Dr. Betty Magers gave her son, Leo, information on Munchausen Syndrome to deliver to the Sonoma County Probation Department.   In effect, Sonoma County was now conspiring to deliver the child, Haleigh, into the hands of her abuser.

In September of 1995 Leo Magers burned the front of both of Haleigh's legs with a cigarette.  During a supervised visit Carol Mardeusz and the supervisor noted the burns and the next day Carol took pictures of the multiple injuries. Click  On September 30, 1995,  during a supervised visitation turn-over of Haleigh, Magers turned up and took Haleigh with one hand while brandishing a butcher knife at Carol Mardeusz with the other hand.  The supervisor present Joan Barrie of the Sonoma County Legal Referral program observed this incident and reported it in a court declaration.

On September 7, 1995, Judge John Gallagher of Sonoma County Superior Court, ordered Carol Mardeusz to see psychologist William Alvarez, PhD.  The judge told the mother that based on Alvarez's recommendations Mardeusz MIGHT be able to see her daughter.

On October 24, 1996 all Mardeusz' visitation rights were terminated by Judge Cerena Wong following a police report the mother had made to the Rohnert Park Police Report [Report No. 9618040].  On September 23, 1996 the mother had observed large scrapes on Haleigh's chest and reported this to Rohnert Police Officer Gene Fahey who refused to allow the mother to come to the police station to make the report.  Still trying to protect her daughter, Mardeusz documented the cigarette burns and the chest injury to Captain Lyle of the Novato Police Department in a certified letter to him.  Novato Police Officer Kelly Neiss would not allow the mother to come to the police station to make a formal report.

Finally on November 18, 1996, Leo Magers called Mardeusz and told her that,  if she went to the media about his abusing Haleigh, he would kill her and her "two brats".  Magers made this threat because on October 26, 1996, TV-50 was present to observe the hearing before Judge Cerena Wong.  Mardeusz' brother, Paul Van Zandt, was on the phone at the time of the threat and entered a declaration testifying to the threat by Magers.  Mardeusz was living in Sacramento County at this time and she obtained a temporary restraining order against Leo Magers in that county.   That court made its order permanent on December 9, 1996.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Cerena Wong retaliated by ordering that Carol Mardeusz have no telephone conversation with her daughter, Haleigh.

Several harassment trials were then conducted against the mother by prosecutors in Marin and Sonoma Counties.  Presently the very prosecutor who declined to prosecute Magers is attempting to prosecute the mother.  How can a prosecutor wear two hats?  Isn't this a conflict of interest for Marin County Prosecutor Paula Kamena?  Is this just another attempt to discredit the Brady witnesses before Richard Alan Davis' appeal of his death sentence in the kidnap and murder of Polly Klaas?  Why are both counties afraid of Carole Mardeusz?

Marin County and Sonoma County working together, have successfully stole a child from her mother.  It proves that they take care of their own - like Leo Magers and his mother.

BUT THE QUESTION REMAINS - WHO PROTECTS HALEIGH MARDEUSZ?

by Virginia McCullough © 2000

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)