Patricia’s Story

Below, is Patricia's personal experience; with her estranged family filled with domestic violence. Her story highlights the current horror that are plaguing the Family Court system, including CPS/Juvenile courts. Patricia sees herself as a witness to these crimes and a survivor. 'Patricia's Children' (her 501c) will honor the voices of the hundreds of thousands of children who have been separated from their parents/or parent and placed in unfit foster homes and unfit guardians, ordered by the courts.

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Patricia and her daughter Jasiah Rose.

Our First Blog: is a list of INCONCEIVABLE legal violations that occurred when Michigan Grand Traverse City’s Children Protective Services “CPS” opened an unjust case to terminate the parental rights of an unlikely victim, a highly educated, worldly, healthy, successful, loving, caring for children and animals and most importantly a loving mother. Below is the foundation, a summary preceding these legal violations, that led to a “Mother and Child an American Atrocity.”

A Regretful Visit

Patricia had just discovered that the father of her unborn child (‘Sonny’ aka Brian, aka Paul Bonsell) was violent and a fraud,  she left him. She met him at a festival out west. She never intended to have a prolong relationship with him. But was ecstatic to discover that she was pregnant. She plan to keep the baby and go back to NY where she lived and worked.  However, with all her things in storage in New York City, she made a regretful visit to her estranged family’s house, in northern Michigan, to a small town where she had never lived.

“Sonny” Bonsell aka Brian, real name Paul.

‘Sonny’ Paul Bonsell

Patricia not only discovered that Bonsell, was violent and a fraud, but also a chronic alcoholic, smoked pot daily, had three fake ID’s, fake names, and an extensive criminal record in three states. He appeared to be well mannered, well spoken, artistic, fun and the people at the festival seem to adore him.  He built beautiful drums from scratch.  At this festival, Patricia was out of her element, for over a decade she live in upscale NYC Park ave way of life and was use to wealthy young men from Swiss boarding schools that attended prestigious colleges.  Her friends in College and NYC were honest educated people, if anything they played down their families wealth, unlike this character Bonsell. Everything Bonsell said Patricia later found out was lie. 

Drums hand made by Bonsell. Bonsell was initially charming & well spoken.

 

Bonsell turned out to be a con artist, conning Patricia into believing he was from wealth; was one of the ten top engineers in the country, and spoke about his family’s houses in Belize, Calif. Oregon etc., that he built drums just for fun, he conned Patricia into giving him her bank savings.Her visit to Michigan coincided with her younger estranged sister Carolyn Spencer being hired as a Family First caseworker, an affiliate to Children Protective Services. At the time Patricia Mitchell met Bonsell she was a successful fashion model, appearing in magazines, TV and film, she lived and worked in more than seven countries in Europe, and was a classically trained actress, based & working in New York City for more than ten years.  She was on a hiatus out west, when she met Bonsell.

Successful Beginnings

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Patricia Mitchell/Actress

Patricia achieved an impressive level of success in New York City, and was recognized by the public, appearing in hundreds of society and social magazines. Patricia Mitchell was dubbed by the New York City media as a “Hampton Classic.” Patricia was seen weekly among high society in New York City, at opera’s, benefits, black ties, and charity events of all kinds. Spending her weekends in the Hamptons.


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‘Patricia Mitchell’ known as a “Hampton Classic” to New Yorker’s high society.


Patricia achieved her academic and career success without the help or support from anyone in her opposing family. She holds a BA in Communications and received an English Minor from the UK’s prestigious school, King’s College. She also attended the exclusively distinguished “Colorado College” in Colo. Springs, before receiving a four year degree in two and half years.


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Patricia Mitchell & Christophe Von Hohenberg, her NYC boyfriend

Opposing and Combating Family Members

At the time Patricia made this self-effacing visit to her estranged family, there was hostility between herself and her family members, primarily her mother that had been fuming since her early childhood.   Her mother’s (Virgline Mitchell) hostility became obsessive when Patricia’s showed signs of success, traveling overseas and attended prestigious colleges. To speak candidly, Patricia did not smoke, drink or do drugs, unlike her siblings. She was an avid reader, reading the newspaper, and always reading a book. Her proper manners, thoughtful speech, morals and characteristics were opposite of everyone in Patricia’s family. There was a stark contrast between Patricia’s demeanor, and her family’s misinformed, rural, aggressive, and uncultured behavior. (Noted: In the late 80’s Patricia drank wine sparely, and was a regular at Black Ties events in NYC where cocaine occasionally was present, Patricia naively told her sister about the present of cocaine among some of the high society)

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Patricia and her nephew, taken one year prior to these events. (Patricia kept a loving relationship with her young nephews, although she had little contact with her siblings, & parents.)

Her parents’ favorite pastime was going to casinos and watching TV, and they shunned Patricia’s ambition. Her mother and siblings would often say, “You think you are better than us,” yet Patricia went out of her way to allow her estranged family members to feel important. She sent boxes of designer clothes twice a year to her sisters and her mother. However, her mother had not called Patricia once after she left home, not at holidays or birthdays; it was Patricia who initiated all correspondence with her family members. At the time Patricia believed perhaps naively that the dysfunction within this family would subside, being she was an expectant mother, and have compassion for the sake of her unborn child.

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Virgiline Mitchell “Virg”

Within an hour of the visit her mother Virgline challenged Patricia, pressing to provoke a reaction from her. Virgline claimed items from Patricia’s personal belongings, and then offered them to her younger sister Carolyn Spencer. Recognizing Virg’s attempt to cause conflict Patricia turned the other way, and let her sister take several of Patricia’s personal belongings. Shortly after Virgline said, “I will take you down to social services to get you food stamps, but you are not eating our food, you are not eating here.” Virgline continued and told Patricia that she had just sold Patricia’s new Couture sable mink coat worth $14,000, for $200, without Patricia’s permission. Virgline laughed, and said she “used the money to go gambling.” While Virgline had a right not to offer food to her daughter, Virgline did not have the right to steal Patricia’s valuable belongings and sell them. Patricia pleaded to Virg tell her where and whom she sold it to so she could buy it back, Virg refused. The next day Virgline physically attacked Patricia with an iron fire poker. Virg demanded that ‘Jim’ Patricia’s dad, “get her, get her Jim get her good,” which met physically attack her, because two of Patricia’s puppies kept in the basement peed off the newspaper.

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Carolyn Spencer Patricia’s sister Family First case worker

Patricia had brought her dog and two of her puppies with her and marked out a small area in their basement for her dog and puppies to sleep. One of the puppies peed off the papers, on the concrete basement floor. Virgiline used a fire poker as weapon repeatedly against Patricia, and her unborn child, and the puppies, Virgline was screaming, “I going to kill them, I’m going to kill them!” Virg poked the iron rod viciously, trying to stab the puppies repeatedly as they ran under a couch, trying to save themselves.  Then Virg turned on Patricia using the rod as a club hitting Patricia repeatedly, Patricia screeched, “You are going to hurt the baby.” Only inches away and right into Patricia’s eyes, Virg said “SO?” Virgline then swung the iron rod at Patricia just missing her very pregnant belly. Her father Jim Mitchell Sr. slugged Patricia in the face over and over again with his fist, supporting his wife’s irrational fury. Patricia took her dog and the two puppies and ran into the neighbor’s home in terror without knocking, literally running for her and her unborn child’s life. Note the neighbor was home; Dr. Carl Ander and is a witness to this violent attack on Patricia and her unborn child, by both her Parents. Patricia regretfully did not press charges, nor did Patricia contact the police.

Both Patricia’s parents have a long history of violence and criminality. Patricia’s Aunt Bonnie Mitchell stated: “Virgline was violently attacking your dad at 16 years old, she has been this way her whole life, always using weapons, like her purse or a lamp to attack Jim.” Unfortunately Patricia’s siblings kept Virgline and Jim Mitchell’s violent assaults and scamming endeavors hidden from others, out of shame.

Patricia knew no one from the rural town where her family members resided. Furthermore, Bonsell followed Patricia to this rural town in an effort to seek custody of their unborn child.

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Patricia Mitchell appeared in hundreds of magazines.

About Patricia’s Siblings / Back History

Although Patricia saw her sister Kathy Aguer only three times over 15 years prior to these events. Kathy was eager to contribute to the assaults on Patricia’s character. Kathy Aguer has struggled chronically with alcoholism, cocaine and cigarette smoking for 30 years. At a drop of a hat Kathy can becomes abruptly violent and irrational; Kathy physically abused her husband. Kathy is in denial of her substance abuse and believes she keeps it a secret. She blames everyone but her self. However, in 2012 her husband left Kathy Aguer and checked into a Rehab for his 30 year addiction to hard drugs. While Kathy Aguer is in denial and refuses accountability for her chronic substance abuse problem and violent outbursts.

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Kathy Aguer, Patricia’s older sister, left home when Patricia was 15, moved out of State, virtually little to no contact with Patricia since she moved out west.

Kathy came to NY in 1994, after Patricia asked her estranged sister to help her move. Patricia had walking ammonia for over two months, with out work she could not pay her rent and received an eviction notice. Kathy walked into Patricia’s upscale loft, drinking whiskey out of a bottle from her back pack, and asked Patricia if she could get a 8 ball of cocaine to help them pack up Patricia’s things.  In Kathy’s delusional state of mind, saw Patricia’s success as “must be doing something illegal” and “made a deal with the devil” and “is possessed by the devil.”  Kathy refused to believe Patricia was ever a fashion model. Kathy Aguer also perceived Patricia’s intelligence as coming from the devil. Both Carolyn and Kathy are uninformed, uneducated, superstitious and paranoid believing that “Patti is to smart, how does she know all those things, I think she is possessed by the devil.”

Yet during this conflict with Jasiah, Kathy wrote letters to Carolyn colleagues at Family First and CPS, based on her delusional perspective of Patricia’s success in NYC, Patricia must have “grandiose” thoughts, and is mentally ill.  It is not surprising that Kathy’s only son AJ Aguer has DUI’s and was Arrested for having “Sex with a Minor” all at the age of 21. (I am told “Kathy paid a lot of money to keep AJ Aguer from having to Registering as a Sex Offender.  AJ Aguer moved away from Boulder Co. where Kathy lives due to the criminal charge and lives in a tiny town in rural northern Michigan)  Patricia’s only and older brother Jim Mitchell JR., smokes pot and drinks beer daily, did not go to College, lives in a rural area of Northern Michigan and has rarely held a job, while his wife joined in on the attacks against Patricia, although she knew little to nothing about Patricia.

Patricia’s younger sister Carolyn Spencer grew up in the shadow of Patricia’s achievements. Carolyn is envious and holds deep resentment towards her sister Patricia. And like Virg, goes out of her way to spread vicious rumors about Patricia. Carolyn is short, overweight, and has followed in Virgline’s footsteps, with no moral compass, siding with Virgline’s unfounded hatred towards Patricia.

Carolyn Spencer is married to Alvin Spencer, and at the time of these tragic events Alvin was obese, a bartender at Grand Traverse Resort and sold cocaine on the side. One month before Patricia’s fateful visit to northern Michigan her father retired, offering Alvin Spencer his 35 years of clients at Merrill Lynch. Overnight Alvin Spencer went from a bar tender/ cocaine dealer to a stockbroker. Alvin Spencer Faked and Bullied  his way up the ladder of success, yet has maintained his belligerent thug life.  After the unjust separation between Patricia and her child, Alvin and Carolyn were their foster parents, every Saturday Alvin spent the day alone with Jasish, it was roomer that Alvin Spencer would sedate/drug Jasiah and rape her, from the 3 to 7.  In 2000, when confronted with this crime, Carolyn Spencer was initially angry at ‘Patti.’ But 3 days later Carolyn made a rare call to Patricia, agreeing that Jasiah had been sexually abused, but blamed it on Patricia’s nephews. NEVER was Jasiah in danger or abused or sexually molested/raped under her mothers loving care. Patricia was dotting loving mother every second that they were together.

Family with a Long History of Abuse /Foundation of Abuse

Virgiline’s bizarre behavior towards Patricia began when Patricia was diagnosed with a congenital deformed hip at the age two, requiring years of surgery, body and leg casts, and steel bars on her legs. Virgline said shamelessly out loud when Patricia was a toddler, “I am not having a crippled child. I wouldn’t have it.”

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Patricia living in the Hospital

Later Virgline admitted to Patricia that she resented two year old Patricia for “taking her away from her two children and her new husband.”Virgiline would leave Patricia months at a time in a city hospital miles away from their home.

Virgiline somehow felt justified exhibiting freakish acts of cruelty towards Patricia during her entire childhood, extending her acts of viciousness to this day. Although Virgline never called or contacted Patricia after she left home, Virgline called Patricia’s friends, workplace, and landlords in New York City ‘warning’ them about her. Patricia’s friends informed Patricia that “someone called them” “claiming to be your mom, trying to warn me about you.”

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Patricia in a leg/body cast from 2 to 4 years old.

Virgline had started several false rumors about Patricia to her relatives and friends that had not a corneal of truth to them. This attempt to sabotage did not work, it revealed to Patricia’s friends that Patricia’s mother had no boundaries and made them realize Patricia’s silent pain.

On Patricia’s 21st birthday, Virgline Mitchell informed Patricia that she had used Patricia’s Social Security number for an elective surgery, and then proceeded to blame the deed on her husband, Patricia’s father. Patricia was shocked and confused, but ever trying to appease, she responded to this crime by saying, “Well that’s OK, I won’t be buying a house anytime soon.” Virgiline would often condemn Patricia’s eager to APPEASE and please, attitude by saying “You are so gullible, and dumb!” When Patricia’s longtime boyfriend met Virgline for the first time he immediately said to Patricia “That is not your mother.” Another friend said to Patricia “I have never been in the presence of raw hatred like your mother.” Patricia’s father, James T Mitchell Sr, expressed his dismay,  “How could one’s own mother be so envious and hateful towards their own daughter?”
img115 Unfortunately, James Mitchell Sr. was a pawn for Virgline’s destructive deeds. James blindly would do what Virgline would ask him to do, even if it was morally wrong. To say there is hatred and hostility within this family unit is an understatement. Patricia responded by keeping distance, being kind, offering advice, support, sending gifts, cards, money, boxes of clothes, expensive handbags, to both estranged sisters and her mother. Patricia learned too late, that her appeasing manner rubbed her family members the wrong way. They apparently viewed Patricia’s kindness as arrogant and condescending.

Patricia Mitchell was severely abused as a child by her deeply disturbed mother Virgline Mitchell. Patricia’s 6th grade gym teachers performed an intervention in behalf of Patricia. Patricia weighed 43 lbs. in the 6th grade, was skin and bones, her body decimated, the hair on her arms and legs were elongated, a result of severe malnutrition, and bruises covered her wrists and arms. Like many children Patricia kept Virgline’s tortuous cruelty hidden from her teachers and friends. Nevertheless, Patricia was a survivor and viewed school curriculum as her salvation.

In High School Patricia became a Cheerleader, member of Home Coming Court, Vice President of her Class, Treasury of her Class, on Ski Team, Michigan’s State Champion in Children’s Story Telling, a ski coach for Special Olympics, member of Nelson Curtis Dance Studio, Miss Teen Michigan runner up, a member of the nationally acclaimed singing & dancing group ‘The Young Americans.’

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Patricia in pink, knelling with her arm around the little girl: Back Stage as a ‘Young American’ at American Musical School of Arts

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Patricia Mitchell Miss Teen Michigan 1st runners up.


In College she starred in Musicals and Directed, Choreographed and cast a Rock Opera receiving a standing ovation every night. Patricia was involved with her Church, (a church that her family members did not attend) For a time, Patricia’s best friend was Sister Rose, Patricia and Sister Rose would wake up early on Saturday go down to Detroit and serve meals at the soup kitchen. Patricia accomplished all these achievements independently, without the support from anyone in her family, and with considerable resistance from Virgline, who would intervene in bizarre ways attempting to prevent Patricia’s from furthering her goals.

Mother and Child An American Atrocity

Within two months of Patricia’s regretful visit to her estranged family, Family First case worker/sister Carolyn Spencer opened a CPS file against Patricia, (after Patricia received a DUI, prior to this Patricia did not even have as much as a traffic ticket, she naively went to the police station after she had an encounter with the father of her child, he beat Patricia up and used a club to destroy her dads car, instead of the Officers being concerned about the attack on Patricia and her baby and the car, they booked her for a DUI) Patricia was not allowed to leave the county, so she got an apartment and got a job and walked to work, five days a week. Below is Patricia’s & her baby Jasish’s Apartment, in Traverse City.

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Patricia and Jasiah’s Apartment in Traverse City

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Patricia’s Apartment with her baby, Jasiah Rose


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Jasiah home with her mother in their apartment.

Extreme Acts of Cruelty taking their envious hatred too far…

When Patricia’s baby Jasiah,’was about 8 months old  Bonsell had a weekend visitation with Jasiah. that same weekend, Bonsell had a weekend party, beer drinking and smoking pot, people coming and going the day and night “making drums.” CPS caseworker Kathy Pricahrd and Bonsell were seen in town having lunch and beers together on that Saturday afternoon.  Kathy Prichard (a disheveled older hippy woman who chain smoked, in front of Patricia’s baby, admitting spending the weekend at Bonsell’s house, including over night.  When Patricia confronted Kathy Prichard the case worker, she laughed and said “well what better way to protect your child then for me to be at Sonny’s  house.” Jasiah was returned to Patricia that Sunday night by Kathy Prichard, within two minutes of Jasiah began to vomit yellow vile, turned white and limp. Patricia asked CPS case worker Prichard to take her to the emergency room at the hospital (Patricia did not have a vehicle) But Prichard said she was too tired from the long weekend and needed to go home and go to bed. Patricia found a way to the hospital with her baby, the emergency doctor examined Jasiah; reported Bonsells negligence notified CPS.  But Monday, the next morning unexpectedly Patricia was informed by phone/ by a CPS caseworker that an Emergency Hearing was going to be held.   Patricia ran to the court house, but was told their would be NO Hearing, that  Judge Powers had just signed over custody of her child to the father “Sonny” Paul Bonsell, in the hallway of the court house!!  (even though only hours before a doctor filed a CPS report against Bonsell) With Family First case worker (sister) Carolyn Spencer’s and Virg Mitchell’s persuasion. CPS caseworker Kathy Prichard and Family Court/”Friend of the Court case worker Al Crocker, found Judge Powers in the hall way and requested his signature.   Mother Patricia Mitchell lost Custody of her child without a Hearing or Session.  Two weeks after Bonsell was awarded custody, he moved back into living in a 1958 disheveled, gutted out school bus, with no electric and no water; a man who was a 10th grade dropout, a chronic alcoholic, and who had a 37 page violent criminal record. To make matters even worse, the bus resided on the property on a twice convicted sex offender Don Nelson, who lived in a trailer next to the bus. Nelson was on probation at the time Bonsell received full custody of Patricia’s baby.  And later Bonsell and Jasiah moved into the trailer with Don Nelson the twice convicted sex offender.

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BONSELL’S bus, his RESIDENCE. Children Protective Services ‘CPS’ placed Patricia’s child in this bus, after they took the child from her safe home/bed & from her mothers arms. This Bus resided on the property of twice Convicted Sex Offender Don Nelson.



The only factor that allowed this unthinkable placement of a child was Carolyn Spencer’s and Virgline Mitchell’s insistence to CPS and Family Court caseworkers that the child should be placed with the father. After Patricia contacted the Family and CPS Courts about where Bonsell was living, and who he was living with along with her baby.  But CPS caseworker defended her decision, irritably said: “Your Honor what is a sex offender going to do to a baby” “she’s baby not a little girl” EXACT WORDS out of her X mouth in the Court of law! In Patricia’s words: “I felt the exhale of my breath depleted extinguishing life that was inside of me, white as ghost and to weak to stand i fell to my knees, pleading!”  But CPS refused to remove Jasiah from this life-threatening environment. Not only did no one care about the very life/well-being of my child, but these very Courts were forcing Nelson’s to break his Probation. Nelson was on Probation at the time of these events and his probation stated “NO Contact with Children.” These Courts intentionally looked the other way, so CPS could fulfill their choice of placement of my child.

 

In anguish Patricia fell to her knees in Court several times, pleading to the Judge to take her little baby out of that environment. Virgline was in the court room, and from a distance looked straight at Patricia and gave a wicked smile. The Chief Prosecutor interrupted Patricia’s pleas by stating, “Your Honor we are aware of the situation and CPS has been out there repeatedly, we are keeping a close eye on everything.” Virgline could be seen in the courtroom snorting, as if trying hard not to laugh.

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Jasiah in the BUS, In fear.

It should be noted; that Bonsell’s character was identical with Patricia’s mother, Virgline Mitchell ‘Virg.’  Both were pathological lairs, were narcissistic and sociopaths.  Carolyn and Alvin Spencer had similar traits. So their was common thread that connected these self absorbed characters.  Also the CPS workers and Court officials bonded with Bonsell and Carolyn, they had rural tendency, disheveled, drank and cig & pot smoked nightly, uninformed and uneducated, unlike Patricia.

Despite Patricia’s impressive credentials, her sister Carolyn Spencer, now a Family First/ Children’s Protective Services employee, along with Virgline, through relentless persistence, able to cast doubt on Patricia’s flawless reputation for one purpose: to have Patricia’s parental rights terminated.  In Hearings it was often said by Virg & Carolyn, “You don’t get to be a mother too” “Patti you gave that right up when you moved to NYC and became a model,” “she can’t be a mother she travels all over the world.” These nonsensical comments were made by Virg and Carolyn in the Court rooms.

Patricia’s mother and sister were fully responsible for petitioning CPS Courts with deceptive motives, that Patricia should not be a parent due to her “modeling life style.” Neither gave valid reasons, but instead gave vague and generalized statements, like “Patricia lived all over the world, so she doesn’t get to be a parent too.”

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Baby Jasiah in the BUS, taken from her mother, forced by law to live in this inconceivable life threatening environment

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Jasiah’s Bedroom in Bus. Lower right is a play-pin that served as Jasiah’s Bed in the Bus, the father cut out a hole so she could crawl around in this Bus/ his residence.



CPS Petitions

The First Petition against Patricia was based on a DUI she received. Prior to this DUI, Patricia had never even had so much as a traffic ticket, and no criminal record. But after the DUI, Carolyn Spencer and Virgline contacted CPS (Carolyn’s colleagues) fraudulently implying substance abuse and even a mental illness. These accusations had no foundation and were dismissed.  Mean while the father/Bonsell drivers license had been revoke due to numerous DUI’s.

The Second Petition transpired after Sonny Bonsell called Patricia at midnight repeatedly drunk from a local bar. Patricia left her phone off the hook so she and her baby could sleep, Bonsell became angry and called Carolyn Spencer and Kathy Prichard the CPS case worker, whom Bonsell was friends with, and proceeded to tell them that “Patricia told him that she was going to throw her baby in the river.” At 1:30am the case worker and Carolyn bombarded Patricia’s apartment waking both Patricia and her baby. They demanded to take Patricia’s baby, not knowing why and what was said, Patricia called the police. The Officer was in favor of Patricia and her baby, but after over an hour of Carolyn’s persistence, the officer suggested to calm everyone down it might be good to let the baby spend one night at your sister’s house. Patricia reluctantly agreed, however the next day CPS ordered Patricia’s baby to go into foster care,without any relatives in contact with Jasiah. After three weeks it was discovered that there was no truth to the outlandish allegations towards Patricia. The Petition was dismissed. Baby returned to mother.

The Third Petition derived after Bonsell saw Patricia out at 8:00pm with her boss. Sonny called Carolyn Spencer and the CPS case worker and deceitfully told them that “Patricia left the Baby by herself.” Although Patricia had a 19 year old babysitter watching her child in her home. So later that night when Patricia returned the case worker demanded to take her child. This Petition claimed Patricia left the child without supervision.   After the babysitter called CPS and told them that she indeed was babysitting the child that night, CPS proceeded to change the petition to “the mother left her child with a 12 year old child, without proper supervision”  Which again was not true, the babysitter was 19 years old. The babysitter went to CPS and showed her ID!  Even after CPS knew the Facts they never changed the petition, but simply dismissed it.   Later this petition and the other false petitions were used against Patricia as IF they were fact, yet CPS used these fraudulent petition to terminate Patricia’s parental rights.

After Bonsell received FULL Custody without so much as a Hearing. Bonsell and Patricia’s baby lived in this old bus, 5 months later Bonsell was arrested on 6 different accounts not related to the child. The child was given back to the mother Patricia (who had a nice apartment & worked) while Bonsell was sentenced to 3 months in jail. Traverse City Courts refused allow MS Mitchell to hold an Emergency Hearing in the Courts, they stated NO Hearings were to take place while the father was in jail. So while Patricia cared for her child, Bonsell had Full legal Custody of their child, while in jail.

All three petitions were dismissed/proven false and the child returned to mother, Patricia. But one week later, CPS placed Patricia’s child with Bonsell. By using general terminology like ‘the mother had three CPS petitions filed against her.” And with her own mother and envious sister against this mother, Patricia did not stand a chance. And later, these same petitions that were dismissed and proven false were used as evidence against Patricia to terminate her parental rights. After a year and half of Patricia and her child being terrorized by her sister, her mother and Bonsell, it became clear to Traverse City Courts and everyone involved, that Carolyn Spencer, Virgline Mitchell and Bonsell were not acting in the best interests of the child.

In an unprecedented move, the Circuit Court Judge assigned the assistant prosecutor Lynn Buday as representation/ an acting attorney in favor of the mother Patricia, and against Bonsell.  And against Carolyn’s and Virgline’s relentless demands to give Patricia’s beloved baby to the unfit father of her child. Buday filed an Appearance to Represent the mother as the ‘FIT’ parent to receive full custody. Buday represented Patricia in her Reverse Custody Trial that was heard in front of Referee Marian Kromkowski, against Bonsell that lasted five full days; on the fifth Patricia won her child back in a land slide.Carolyn Spencer enraged, stormed out of the courtroom and came back shortly with an attorney Debra Lynch to Intervene before the Referee Marian Kromkowski made a Ruling.  Debra Lynch appeared in court around 3:00 on that Friday afternoon, making her statement clear that she was not there to gain custody of this child for the Spencers or the Grandparents, but for one reason to place Jasiah Bonsell permanently into State Custody.  Therefore, to request the courts to terminate both parents rights. Therefore, placing Patricia’s beloved child permanently into foster care, without a life with her adoring devoted loving mother.  The persistence of Carolyn and Virgline overwhelmed this small town’s over-booked courts. It was at that time the Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Buday threw up her arms and froze all the proceedings, including awarding Patricia custody, or honoring the five day Trial that was left in the last hour in limbo.  Patricia’s and Bonsell’s Court Order Visitations were not being honored as well. Five months went by without the court acknowledging Filed Motions.

Note on the first day of the Reverse Custody Trial, Jasiah was sill living with the two convicts to make matters more dior Bonsell and Jasiah had moved into the trailer with Don Nelson (the twice convicted sex offender towards children.)  In desperation Patricia filed a Motion Independently/in pro-bono on the first day of the trial with the Magistrate. Pleading to removed her child from those violent convicts living in an old small camping trailer.  Patricia filed this Motion Pleading to place her child into ‘Neutral Territory,’ with the grandparents, while litigation was being disputed. The Magistrate Granted Patricia’s motion to remove her child from that trailer and to be placed with the maternal grandparents.   So it was this mothers loving concerns that was able to (finally) get her child removed from that life threatening environment. Later this Fact was intentionally overlooked, when Patricia filed a Motion to Withdraw from her Motion to place her child into ‘Neutral Territory’ with the grandparents, after, the grandparents refused both parents Court Ordered Visitations, and left the State with their child.

After Jasiah returned from Florida with her maternal grandparents, Jasiah was unrecognizable. At a supervised visitation at Family First where Carolyn Spencer currently worked, Patricia saw that Jasiah had lost 5lbs, she looked like desecrated child from Africa with the sides of her upper head caved in, she had a hollow tired look.  Jasiah was covered with hundreds and hundreds of inflamed and untreated of bug bites, with streams of terror in her eyes.  Patricia tried to put on a brave face for her child, but Jasiah would not talk.  When Jasiah was under the custody of her mother she was so confident smart and radiated love and warmth, now she was like a hollow shell. Patricia tired to take a photograph of her child in this condition but the case work took her camera away by force not allowing any photos taken of her child in this horrific condition.  The case worker refuse to give  Patricia’s camera back until she was away from the building and in the parking lot. At that moment Patricia went into a state of very real shock, her body trembled by its own accord as if she was in a ice storm, her teeth shattered and then she began to vomit.

It was at this time Patricia made the difficult decision to go back to NY to gather support from her friends. If her deeply troubled sister and mother were willing to terrorizing   Patricia’s child to her core, all for the purpose of hurting and controlling Patricia, then if Patricia was not there to witness the horrors deposited on her daughter, then maybe the torturing on her child would stop if she was not there to witness it.  However, Patricia feared that neither heartless beings had any boundaries when it came to abusing Jasiah, including what they would call accidental death. So she left to get help in NYC.

In Patricia’s absence; as a Family First case worker, Carolyn Spencer knew how to manipulate the system.  Carolyn first placed the child into State Custody, then registered herself as a Foster Parent to care for Patricia’s child, so that she and her husband would receive $900 a month from the State. (a relative that was sincerely concerned or loved this child would of simply offered to care for the child, and would not hire an attorney to place the child into State Custody and then registered as a foster parent, acts of intentional cruelty with financial gain and vengeance intent ) One month after Carolyn Spencer registering as a foster parent,  Spencer registered Jasiah as a “Special Needs” child to receive additional funds from the State, using Patricia’s child as currency.  Spencer insisted on several unnecessary “Elective Surgeries” on this child’s “Hemangioma” a common birthmark. “Special Needs” children in ‘foster care’ receive more money from the State. The Spencer’s monthly foster care pay went up significantly from $900 to $1,600 a month. After the label ‘Special Needs’ was placed on this perfectly healthy toddler, Jasiah was then forced to undergo more than four unnecessary surgeries. The Spencer’s refused Patricia all contact with her child, and they even refused Patricia’s weekly gifts to her child. Furthermore, after a couple of years of unnecessary surgeries, and to assure the higher monthly paychecks to the Spencer’s home, they then unnecessarily held Jasiah back one year in the first grade, so they could continue to claim “Special Needs” checks. Yet when Jasiah was with her mother at the age of two, Jasiah was talking and oozing with self confidence and already knew her ABCs and could read several words in her toddler books.

In Patricia’s absence, Carolyn Spencer and Virgline Mitchell along with their attorney Debra Lynch, convinced CPS to hold a trial for abandonment.  In her words….”at the time I left Traverse City, I  had a court appointed attorney that assured me that no court could take parental rights away without offering parental classes etc etc. I was in touch with this court appointed attorney two to three times a day while I was in NYC. He never informed me that the courts were planning a court date to terminate both parents rights. And one of the reasons that was listed to terminate my parental rights was that ‘Patricia was not in touch with her court appointed attorney,” which nothing could be further then the truth. One time her court appointed attorney’s Partner got on the phone with her requesting that she stop calling so much that he had other clients. Yet, not being in touch with her court appointed was listed reasons for me never to see her child again.

One afternoon Patricia called her court appointed attorney and he said “Where are you we are having a Trial to terminate your parental rights, we already had the first full day of the Trial.” Stunned and bewildered, Patricia got the next flight out to Traverse City Michigan, showing up in the court room the next day, shocking Lynn Buday, who was now holding a trial to terminate her parental rights, based on Abandonment. (Note: Virg Mitchell, Carolyn and Alvin Spencer told their relatives it was based on Patti’s mental illness.) See ‘Violation’ page for full and complete understanding of the legal process that resulted in this American Atrocity.

It should be noted: Lynn Buday went from Representing Patricia Mitchell in the court of law as the Fit parent to receive Full custody, to holding a trial to terminate her parental rights, without Patricia having contact of her child between the two trials, except the one supervised visitation.

Resentful/hateful mother Virgline Mitchell and Patricia’s sister in an authoritative position as a Family First case worker and now Lynn Buday ‘throwing her hands up in the air’ and ‘looking the other way’ Patricia did not stand a chance. The small town courts triad the two parents together as if they were a couple. However, Patricia only lived one month with the father/Bonsell after the child was born, and was never married to him.  Both parental rights were terminated, Patricia’s rights however, were unjustified!  In Patricia’s own words: “The trial was so ludicrous, that I had to walk out, when someone from the State was implying that my whole life was a figment of my imagination, “She believes she went to college, she believes she was a fashion model, she believes she lived the high life in NYC and knows successful and famous people.” Everyone in that court room knew the truth (I showed my College Degree and my class records  3.2 average, hundreds of photos of me in magazines as a fashion model, and as a personality in NY society) except for the misinformed jury.  (my deeply deeply disturbed mother would stair at me and silently smile, as if to say ‘ha ha ha ha’) and my sister Carolyn Spencer would also stair at me, she sat quietly as if everything that was being said was the truth.  I.E. that I never went to college etc etc etc. complete nonsense!

To get the full and complete understanding of this ruling and the list of Violations that occurred to allow this unjust ruling, GO TO:  ‘Info for Media- list of Violations‘ page on this site, it is written eloquently in comprehensive in none narrative manner.

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NOTE: Later Lynn Buday destroyed All five days of transcripts of the Reverse Custody Trial, after Patricia agreed to pay $3000 for the transcripts. Patricia received a call from the clerk stating the Buday had accidentally taped over the five day trial transcripts. Patricia reported this crime to the Michigan attorney Generals office, and Lynn Buday was suspend from her job at the Prosecutors Office in Traverse City as the assistant to the Prosecutor. But Buday moved to the next county and ran to be a Family/CPS Court Judge.

There is gross indisputable evidence that suggests that both Carolyn Spencer and Virgline Mitchell used Patricia’s child with malicious cruelty as a weapon against her, not acting in the best interest of her child and without considering the well-being of the child.

Notably, it was eventually identified by CPS caseworkers themselves that there were TWO UNPRECEDENTED DEVELOPMENTS in Patricia Mitchell’s CPS case that had never occurred in Traverse City Courts.

#1. An Unprecedented failure from the Jurisdiction System: Traverse City CPS Courts announced that a parent had never lost custody of a child WITHOUT a Hearing. This was the first time in the CPS Grand Traverse court’s history that this had happened. Mother Patricia Mitchell lost custody of her child to the UNFIT father Bonsell, WITHOUT a HEARING, WITHOUT a SESSION, without evidence against or supportive of Patricia, but through the sole recommendations of her sister and Family First caseworker, Carolyn Spencer. The Courts never heard about the character and criminal history of the father nor about the lifestyle he lived.

#2. Using the Court System to produce unprecedented Acts of Cruelty against a Family Member: Patricia was told by several State Officials that Michigan Courts had never experienced a family that hired an attorney for the purpose of placing a family member (a toddler who was deeply loved and wanted by her healthy/capable mother) into State Custody. In this case, the grandparents, Virgline and Jim Mitchell, and aunt and uncle, Carolyn and Alvin Spencer, hired an attorney to place their grandchild/niece into State Custody, with the intentions of adopting the child out permanently.

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Additional Details about the REVERSE CUSTODY TRIAL

After the two convicts, Bonsell and Nelson, picked up Patricia’s baby at the police station where Patricia was being held for not returning her child to Bonsell. (Nelson drove Bonsell to the police station, due to Bonsells driver license being revolt due to numerous DUI’s) Child Protective Services and Traverse City Courts placed the child back in the school bus, and forced by law to live with the two convicts. Patricia appealed to the most powerful person in town, Dean Robb, a renowned civil rights attorney, for help. Robb’s son Blaire, a private investigator, took photos of the conditions that Patricia’s child was forced to endure. A couple of days later in front of Patricia, Dean Robb called the Judge and said candidly, “What the hell is going on over there?” The next day this same Circuit Judge assigned attorney David Clarke to defend Patricia Mitchell. But on the first day of the Hearing and prior to the proceedings in court, Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Buday dismissed Clarke. In an unprecedented move, the Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Buday Filed ‘a Motion on behalf of the mother Patricia Mitchell, and notified all parties by mail that Buday was Representing the mother as the “FIT parent” to receive Full custody of the child at the Reverse Custody Trial.’

It is unheard of for a Prosecutor or Assistant Prosecutor to file an appearance to represent a parent in a custody battle. This unprecedented act reveals and affirms that the Traverse City Courts recognized the acute ill intentions of caseworker/sister Carolyn Spencer and Patricia’s mother Virgline Mitchell, who were deliberately placing Patricia’s baby in a harmful environment. Carolyn Spencer used her position to influence CPS Courts as an act of defiance towards her sister, allowing the father to receive full custody, clearly not acting in the best interests of the child.

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Jasiah at one year’s old. This is Jasiah with her mother. Confident, loved, safe and smart, during the peaceful months when Bonsell was in jail, and family members left the mother & child alone due to PPO’s.

Every morning before the Reverse Custody Proceedings, Patricia Mitchell met with Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Buday at the Prosecutor’s office to discuss what they were going to do that day in court. Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Buday argued against Bonsell’s attorney and the ‘Guardian of Light’ for seven hours a day, for one week, at Patricia’s Reverse Custody trial. On the last day of the proceedings, Patricia Mitchell was winning back custody of her child by a landslide. As the final remarks were being heard, Carolyn Spencer stormed out of the court room and came back with Attorney Debra Lynch who interrupted the afternoon proceedings by filing a MOTION with the Magistrate to “Intervene.” This Intervention was requesting that Patricia Mitchell’s child become a ward of the State. It was the child’s own grandmother, Virgline Mitchell, and her aunt, Carolyn Spencer, who hired this attorney. Attorney Debra Lynch’s opening statement was, “These folks do not want to raise this child, and they only want the child, to be adopted out into a nice family.”

 

*Usually what happens if a family member is concerned about a child in their extended family, such as a grandchild or niece, they file a Motion in the Family Courts to gain custody of the child as an act to secure the child’s safety. This is NOT what happened in this case. Moreover, the mother of the child, Patricia Mitchell, a successful individual in her own right with a solid history of high achievements, was perfectly healthy, loving, capable and eager to raise her beloved child.  BEFORE she was taken into State Custody.

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“AFTER” Jasiah 2 & half years old. (over a year, after the “BEFORE” photo taken above) And 7 months ‘After’ she was separated from her mother