Judge Frees 3 Kids Locked Up for Refusing to See Dad

They're going to summer camp instead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2015 12:03 PM CDT
Oakland County Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca.   (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – A judge has released three siblings who spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father. Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca said she's sending the children to a summer camp, at the request of the father. She held a hearing yesterday, three days after a TV station reported her June 24 decision to put the kids—ages 15, 10, and 9—at Children's Village. They were kept away from juveniles who are locked up there for committing crimes. "The court finds that is in the children's best interests to grant the father's and the guardian ad litem's motion to allow the children to attend summer camp," Gorcyca said, referring to lawyers who represent the children.

It isn't clear what will happen when the two-week camp ends. "That's up to the judge," said Lisa Stern, an attorney for the mother. The case stems from a divorce that began in 2009. The judge blamed the mother for alienating the two boys and their younger sister from their father. Gorcyca likened the mother's influence on the children to the Charles Manson California cult in the 1960s, according to a transcript of an earlier hearing.

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