Kaeden Michael was born on August 27th, 2009 in Pennsylvania. A beautiful, well mannered child, he was raised in a loving home with his single mother and his older brother, Alekz. What many did not know about the child was that when his mother was only a few months pregnant, his father abused his mother, bruising her and causing her to almost loose her child, in turn going to jail for a short period of time before being bailed out.
For two years the mother kept Kaeden hidden from everyone except for her own mother, in fear that she would loose her child to the family that had threatened her for so long and made her scared for her own safety. But then, in December 2010, there was a fire in their apartment and they lost everything. With no where else to turn, Kaeden's mom called his father's family... and asked for help.
Now, in 2012, after over a year of living in Austin, the father has taken the child and counter sued his mother for custody and child support. They have kept Kaeden away from his mother, and his brother. She can not even call him on his third birthday.
My name is Heather and I am the mother of three year old Kaeden. For years I have supported both of my children on my own. For the first year and a half his father did nothing for him what so ever. Whenever I called and asked for help with diapers or anything of the sort, he always claimed he was broke or wasn't working. I continued to ignore the words, and kept doing it on my own. When I moved back to Austin, I did what I could to be sure that Kaeden had his father in his life, despite our past. No child should live a life of turmoil because of the parents being unable to be civil. He had visitation any time he wanted, he only needed to call. He was able to come over, take BOTH of the boys out... whatever he wanted almost. I was in a position where I was not as stable as I wanted to be during the past summer and in the best wishes for BOTH of my children, I allowed them to stay with Kaeden's father and grandparents so that I could spend the summer making things better for my children. I picked up my oldest son first, brought him to a new home, a new room, new toys, everything, just to get him prepared for school. Being autistic, he needed a few weeks to adjust. And then there was Kaeden... I thought his father and grandparents would enjoy a few weeks of one on one time with their flesh and blood before he returned home...
Then one day it all crumbled around me. It was days before Alekz started school. I was in storage, getting Kaeden's things to start preparing for him to come home. the call came in and his father's attorney told me what was happening. He counter sued my child support actions. He was taking me to court for custody and child support. The man who didn't do a thing for a child for the first two years of his life is now trying to take my darling three year old from me.
I can't afford an attorney on my own. There's no way. Legal aid is closed... they have too many cases. These fees... they're far too high for me... but if I go at this without one... I will loose my son. They're taking me for everything. Custody. Child Support. Medical... They're even taking me for HIS attorney fees. I need help... because at this point... every little bit will help for this hearing in September.