It might be amusing, if it wasn’t true:
Maryland woman files for divorce from husband, who has 2nd degree assault conviction for domestic violence. Four-day old infant plucked from her breast, as she begins 13 months in solitary confinement, now dead. Maryland woman added to Harford County’s Ten Most Wanted List. [Queue the Governors of New York State and Maryland.]
After six years of marriage filled with documented instances of domestic violence against her, Valerie Carlton divorced Russell Carlton in early 2006. They have one daughter, Winnifer Hope Carlton “Winnie”.
About one year later, Mr. Carlton was awarded sole custody of the child after trial. False testimony was allowed into the record. Positive reports as to Valerie’s character and fitness were considered to be “superficial” by the court.
In an attempt to terminate Valerie’s visitation, Mr. Carlton conspired with Karen Anders, Valerie’s feuding neighbor, who had twice been found to have filed false sexual abuse charges against her own family, to have Valerie charged with attempted abduction of daughter, Winnifer.
After unsuccessful civil attempts to terminate his ex-wife’s visitation , Russell and his mother, Leslie Caffey, convinced Winnie’s teacher, and school administrators’ that Valerie was abusing her daughter. Thereafter, Winnifer’s teacher made a report of sexual abuse allegations to her Anne Arundel County, Maryland’s CPS. However, almost imediately, CPS of Harford County, Maryland, where Valerie resided, and the Sheriff’s office in Harford County then used Russell Carlton’s and Karen Ander’s false testimony, together with Valerie’s then opportunistic “boyfriend”, Jacob Gendleman, to falsely charge Valerie with 28 felony counts, including fabricated, sensational claims of pedophilia by Ms. Carlton on her own six year old daughter, and on Karen Ander’s five year old daughter. (In video recorded interrogations, Winnifer did say that she wanted to see her mommy more!). She also stated that her father’s nephew was exposing himself to her, and implicating her father’s female neighbor. No investigation was made concerning the older boy’s inappropriate behavior, or the female neighbor.
The state eventually dropped all of the charges, but only after Ms. Carlton was imprisoned for thirteen months in solitary and confined isolation for crimes she did not commit, and not before Valerie Carlton was accused of assaulting a prison guard. She was a few weeks from being released without charges when “the assault” took place. Videotapes, from within the prison show a brutal assault taking place….of Ms. Carlton by a strapping, male prison guard. Upon her release from Harford, Valerie, fearing for her life fled to New York State. There, she was arrested almost one year later by Federal Marshalls on a warrant calling for her to face charges related to the “assault on the Harford County Detention, private prison corrections officer”.
She was incarcerated again, this time in the Rockland County jail, with her case brought to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Note regarding Carlton’s treatment while being held in isolation**
These “interventions” included the sanctioning of physical and mental abuse and torture of Ms. Carlton by jail personnel as documented by affidavits of witnesses and hospital records. The abuses included the use of a “restraint chair” (defined by Amnesty International as a form of torture). The restraint chair was used after prosecutors first interrogated her, then broke the news to her of the negligent death of her baby son*, who had been removed from her, his nursing mother, only four days after birth and just before her arrest on the false charges.
For the first time in 20 years, the Chaplain was not permitted to do his appointed work of informing prisoners of a death in the family. The prosecutor’s office instructed the Chaplain to step down and allow them to inform her of the death because they wanted to “see her reactions”. They were intent on getting her to plead to the false charges so as to excise her permanently from her daughter’s life. To that purpose, the more they could hurt and frighten her, the more likely she would plead “insane” to be able to escape their abuse.
Ms. Carlton had been placed in solitary, allegedly to protect her from other inmates, who the guards knew would beat her up (as they in fact did) based on the heinous, concocted allegations broadcast throughout the jail population by prosecutors and guards that she had molested little girls.
Kept outside the general prison population, in isolation where no one could see her, she also could be more easily persecuted, harassed and abused on a daily basis.A nationally recognized independent forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Mark J. Mills, strongly recommended in writing that Ms. Carlton not be kept in the Harford County Detention Center (after a brief hospitalization) in view of the abuse that she had suffered there. This written recommendation was provided to the Governor of Maryland by Dr. Leora Rosen, Ms. Carlton’s civil rights advocate, who had just asked the Office of the State Prosecutor to open an investigation into Ms. Carlton’s treatment in the jail.
While the Governor was aware of Dr. Mills’ concerns, no action was taken to prevent Ms. Carlton from being returned to the jail. Indeed, the complaints were referred back to the Sheriff’s Office in charge of the Detention Center so that, effectively, the Sheriff was given the privilege of investigating his own department for signs of misconduct. Predictably, he found none.