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Denise H Burch

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Abuse of Power

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Burch Law Firm, LLC
120 South Poplar Street
Florence, Alabama
United States
Phone: 256-768-0600
burchlawfirm.net
Here’s our Story of Corruption and Deceit by Lauderdale County DHR and Family Court, Judge Jackson presiding: Denise Burch, Labrisco Cook, Sarah Hendershot:

T had a son, and it was clear from the beginning to herself and to everyone around her that she was a terrible mom with no values, morals, or instincts. T’s son spent most days at my sister Wanda’s home, where Wanda made sure he was clean and fed.
About 2 years later, T had a daughter. Knowing that she was not mother material, T gave Dee to my sister Wanda immediately. In fact, Wanda actually took Dee home right from the hospital with full custody.
About 2 years later, my sister had a daughter of her own. Dee now had a younger sister!
Unfortunately, Dee had 3 challenges. First, she is mentally challenged, with an IQ of about 80, secondly, she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Starting at the young age of 18 months, Dee would hoard food, among other things, causing bugs, etc) and third, she has Obsessive Defiance Disorder (Dee could look right in your face while pouring a soda all over the table, all the while swearing that she wasn’t doing it.)
My sister Wanda did the best she could with her 2 girls, but in 2001 my sister Wanda died at 45 from complications from diabetes.
Dee’s natural mother T, who gave up all parental rights many years before, moved in to my late sister Wanda’s home under the guise of helping the husband with the raising of the girls. In reality, T never held a job and Dee was getting a $550 monthly check for SS Disability, which was all T was concerned about. This created a dangerous environment for the girls in many ways. First of all, they received no parental guidance of any kind regarding anything healthy. T showed Dee how to douche and how to masturbate. T let the girls eat whatever they wanted, behave however they wanted, not bathe, grow out of their clothes, and shared certain aspects of their lesbian lifestyle with them.
My sister Judy, the oldest of the 3 of us, waited about a year, per the counselor’s suggestion not to take the kids away from their home since Wanda died in the home, to take them on vacation from Pennsylvania to Alabama.
My sister Judy was shocked at the condition of these two girls. They had put on a ton of weight (Dee was about 85 lbs heavier than she was 1 year before) and she was pre-diabetic, with cholesterol of 300 and sores all over her legs from picking at herself. On the car ride down, both girls, who were 8 and 10, talked openly about Lesbianism, called each other gay and were twisting each other’s nipples. They learned this from T, who along with her long time partner M, were openly lesbian. Judy took the girls to the Doctor in Alabama for a check-up. The Doctor said that there was evidence that both girls had been sexually abused. M’s son had been in and out of prison, involved with drugs and alcohol and lived in the home with these 2 young girls. He also had friends who had just gotten out of prison that crashed there as well. Since T showed a young girl of 8 years old how to douche and how to masturbate, one must ask if T was involved in the alleged sexual abuse of Dee.
When Judy saw the condition and the behavior of these young girls, Judy called me crying, and we decided right then that these 2 girls would never be allowed to go back to Pennsylvania.
I hired an attorney in Pennsylvania at considerable expense, and the Judge issued a permanent order that said that since Wanda had passed, and based on the condition of the girls and the living conditions at their home, that my sister Judy would have physical custody of both girls, and that if anything should happen whereby Judy could no longer be their Guardian, I would automatically be the guardian of both nieces with no further order required of the Court.
Through the years, Judy did an excellent job with both girls. She put both girls on diets and joined them in developing a healthy eating lifestyle, which helped all of them to be more healthy, and enrolled them in school. I helped support the girls by sending a supplemental check many months. I spoke to both girls often, visited occasionally, and flew the girls and Judy out to Las Vegas during summer vacations some years. Once I treated all of us, Judy, Judy’s daughter and granddaughter, and Dee, her sister and her cousin to a cruise off the California Coast! They all flew to Las Vegas, then we drove by van to San Pedro, stayed overnight in a hotel, then boarded the Ship for 4 days and 3 nights. We have great memories of that vacation.
Back home, when school was in session, Dee had an extremely difficult time due to a devastating learning disability so Judy hired a tutor, but unfortunately, Dee wouldn’t sit at the table with the tutor. Judy did everything she could to place Dee in the most suitable programs for her, made sure she was in school, under the care of Doctors, Counselors and a Psychiatrist. She did an incredible job raising Dee, even though she was extremely difficult due to her challenges. The younger sister blossomed and has become quite a lovely young lady, doing well in high school and taking college classes through a program that her Aunt Judy located and successfully enrolled her in.
Dee however, became more violent and more dangerous as she got older and became stronger and more defiant. On one occasion, Dee actually knocked Judy to the ground and dragged her across the kitchen. On several occasions, she threatened to choke or kill someone in the home, and on a couple of occasions she actually acted out and did choke her younger sister. Judy called the police a couple of times, attempting to put a scare into Dee to slow her down, but thanks to her ODD (Obsessive Defiance Disorder) it had no effect.
Finally, one Sunday afternoon, as Dee, her younger sister and her cousin were all together in the home, Dee became enraged and went to stab her 16-year old cousin with a potato peeler. At this point her 16-year old sister stepped between them, and Dee slapped her sister in the face, took her to the ground, and left her with a huge handprint on her face. At this point, her Uncle called the police and insisted that Dee be immediately removed from the home for everyone’s safety to diffuse the situation, and not to let Dee come back to the home.
Labrisco Cook, Denise Burch and Sarah Hendershod were assigned to the case, and they interviewed Dee at length. They determined on their own, that there were 2 incidents of “abuse” by Judy.
The first was that Judy told Dee that she would never be a veterinarian, which constituted mental abuse. What Aunt Judy actually said was: Dee, if you don’t listen to your teachers, do your homework, and learn what you are being taught, you will never be able to be a veterinarian.
The second incident was that Judy wouldn’t let Dee have a drink until she did her chore of giving the dogs a drink. What Aunt Judy actually said was: The dogs can’t tell you they are thirsty, which is why your chore is to give the dogs water when you come home from school. If you are thirsty, now you know how the dogs feel. As soon as you give the dogs water, you can then have water.
If either of these are incidents of abuse, every parent in America would lose their rights! And yet, after interviewing Dee, who has an IQ of between 70 and 80 and extreme difficulty telling the truth, Labrisco Cook and Denise Burch decided that Judy was not fit to be Dee’s Guardian!
On July 20th 2011, a hearing was held in Judge Jackson’s Family Court, wherein we assume that what was presented was testimony from Cook, Burch and Hendershot that Judy had both mentally and physically abused Dee and that Judy should have her rights to Guardianship terminated, and that Burch should be appointed Guardian ad Litem. I say we “assume” because Judy was never informed of a court date, wasn’t present, and didn’t even have a chance to speak or acknowledge or even understand that she was in any danger of losing her Guardianship when she had poured her heart and soul into raising both girls for approximately 10 years.
On July 21st 2011, Judy showed up for the hearing to determine what the punishment for Dee was going to be for choking her sister and for going after her cousin with a potato peeler. Judy was hoping that Dee would spend some time in Juvenile Detention, since nothing so far had seemed to get Dee’s attention and as a result her defiance had continued to get stronger as she got older.
To Judy’s surprise, she was informed that she was no longer Dee’s guardian, that Denise Burch was now Dee’s guardian, and that all charges against Dee have been dropped. Not only had Cook, Burch and Hendershot taken away Judy’s guardian status without Judy even having a chance to defend herself, and not only had Judge Jackson ruled knowing that Judy wasn’t even aware of the court hearing, but Cook, Burch, Hendershot and Jackson totally ignored the Court order from Pennsylvania which was filed in the State of Alabama clearly stating that if for any reason Judy was unable to be the guardian, that Kathey was automatically the guardian with no further hearing required.
So after raising her deceased sister’s adopted daughter for almost 10 years, Judy was discarded as Guardian without even ever having a say, Aunt Kathey was totally ignored and in fact, Burch would actually say to Kathey “Your sister’s not dead yet, so I don’t even have to talk to you” when Burch knew that Kathey was automatically the legal guardian since she quoted from the Court order from Pennsylvania so she absolutely knew that the Court order from Pa was filed and clearly existed.
At this point, Judy and Kathey have both lost their rights to Guardianship, with absolutely no due process. Judy was never notified of her Court date, never had the opportunity to defend herself, and was only told after the fact that Judge Jackson ruled to give guardianship to Denise Burch. As for Kathleen, she was never notified, the Court order making her the guardian was ignored, she never had the opportunity to argue her case in front of Judge Jackson, who dismissed her motions without comment. Both Judy and Kathleen had attorneys who were outraged at the maneuvering by Cook, Burch and Hendershot, and by the rulings by Judge Jackson.
But this is not the end of the story. Because Cook, Burch and Hendershod set off on a mission to reunite Dee with her birth mother, the one under which all of the abuse occurred. We have a tape of T on the phone talking to Dee’s 14 year old sister, calling her a mother-effing c**t for refusing to put Dee on the phone because Dee was afraid of her birth mother, and telling Dee’s 14 year old sister that she’s going to “kick her f***ing a**!”
There is a file a mile thick documenting the abuse and the suspected abuse by the birth mother, who gave up her parental rights in 1998. The birth mother’s son has been in and out of mental hospitals his entire life. The birth mother has been in and out of mental hospitals as well. There have been domestic violence calls to their residence to break up fights between the birth mother and her lesbian lover. There are stories that they performed lesbian acts in front of the children. They have convicted felons in and out of their residence. The last we heard, they were living with either the birth mother’s mother, or the lesbian lover’s mother. And yet, somehow, these are the folks that Cook, Burch and Hendershot, as authorized by Judge Jackson, want to reunite Dee with. T, the birth mother, constantly told Dee that she was ###ed, so much so that Dee would walk around as an 8, 9, 10 year old telling everyone that she is ###ed. This is who Cook, Burch and Hendershot want to give Dee back to.
Now since they know the system, they accomplished their goal. They gave Dee back to the birth mother, closed the file, and they’re done with the case. Judge Jackson, shame on you for refusing to even hear Kathey when she flew 2000+ miles to be present in your courtroom on July 20th 2012, 1 year later. You did a good job of covering your tracks. What you didn’t consider is that we WILL NOT LET THIS GO. You trampled Judy’s rights, you trampled Kathey’s rights, and you put Dee in harm’s way. Cook, Burch, Hendershot and Jackson must ALL be held accountable for the absolutely abhorrent manner in which you’ve conducted yourselves, and this matter will not stop here.


We will amass other families who have a similar story. There IS strength in numbers. We WILL find a way to make this right. We will not rest until 6 things happen:
1. Dee is removed from her birth mother’s residence
2. Judy and Kathey’s parental rights are restored
3. Labrisco Cook is terminated
4. Denise Burch is disbarred
5. Sarah Hendershot is terminated
6. Judge Jackson is removed from the bench
I have contacted every regulatory agency and every media outlet within my power, and I will continue to work to right these wrongs until I receive satisfaction. You can all ignore my phone calls, messages and complaints but I will not go away. The day you stepped on our rights and put Dee in danger is the day you made an enemy. Let’s see how strong your “Good Old Boy” network is when the Feds start peeking over your shoulder!

Until this situation is corrected, I will continue to gain momentum and I will continue to pursue this through every available legal means.

Each of you, Labrisco Cook, Denise Burch, Sarah Hendershot and Judge Jackson, has some nerve to trample our rights and to put Dee in harm’s way. I don’t know who you people think you are, but I will expend every ounce of energy to get Dee out of harm’s way, to restore our rights, and to see to it not only that each of you face punishment for the manner in which you’ve conducted yourselves, but also that in the future, that there are checks and balances in place to prevent unqualified people with their own agendas from causing harm to innocent people.

Persistently,

Concerned Citizen
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N  14th of Aug, 2012 by    0 Votes
My name is Tina Berryman, I live in Tuscumbia Alabama which is located in Colbert County just across the bridge from Florence Alabama and Lauderdale County. On Dec 26, 2011 I was attacked by my ex husband who blacked my eye then filed a Domestic Violence charge against me. The police report states that HE had no marks on him at all. I have not had my children in my care since that date. That is almost 8 months. Based on lies and false allegations I was immediately issued an order of no visitation with my children by Judge Hatcher. ( I have no criminal backgound prior to this.) Two weeks prior to the incident Judge Hatcher had sent word through our attorneys that if anything else came across Her desk in our case she would put somebody in jail. That is why I didnt file when He HIT me...under the threat of JAil by Judge Hatcher! Records will show that it was Denise Burch, Attorney for my Ex Husband that had filed so many pleadings, not my attorney. With in these pleadings Denise Burch included "Testimony" from a THIRD PARTY (who to my knowledge is not a licensed Counselor in the state of Alabama) which is against the Ethical Standards of Practice for an Attorney in Alabama. Because it gives the Judge prior knowledge of the case before court. Denise Burch continued to file false allegations against me with the pleadings and included known lies which court documents will prove through the Colbert County Records Dept. when the DOMESTIC VIOLENCE charge was issued our Asst. DA. KYLE BROWN told my attorney TWICE that HE was not going to prosecute this case upon seeing pictures of my BLACK EYE. Then he decided to prosecutein my opinion after he realize that my EX HUSBANDS sister had kids who attened the same PRIVATE SCHOOL where his children go and in fact his children was friends with her children. Also the DISTRICT ATTORNEY's children attend /attended the same school. And I will mention that my Ex Husbands SISTER was a prior member of the Board there at the Private School which is COVENANT CHRISTAIN and her children have attended there in the past and present. I was told by my ex that his sister would use her "pull" to keep my kids away from me and it seems that in my opinion SHE HAS. YEs the good ole buddy system is alive and well in Tuscumbia. My children have been brain washed and aleinated from their Mother and My family for over 8 months. They have been put on the stand to testify against their own Mother that their daddy didnt do anything. What he did was done behind the door where my boys could not see it. As most abusers do. My constitutional Rights have and continue to be VIOLATED everyday that my children are kept away from me. Attorneys such as Denise Burch are allowed to inclued "suggested testimony" to Judges that is against the Canons of Ethics as well as the Ethical Standards for Attorneys in the state of Alabama. My case for custody has been put off 4 times by Judge Hatcher and the DA's office has told me that they can not protect me now against my ex because there is now a pending Appeals with there office. there is so much more to my story that will be told. They want us to sht up and sit down and do nothing. I for one will not do this I have a Right to express myself and to OBJECT when a wrong has been committed. Is is not and should not be legal what they are doing to families, and are allowing Attorneys and Judges to do at will to tear families apart in such a manner. God have Mercy on the citizens of Lauderdale and Colbert Counties and across our nation who get cought up in the system that we call JUSTICE!
N  14th of Aug, 2012 by    -1 Votes
I also failed to mention that not only do the DA and ASST. DA's children attend Covenant Christain but also Judge Hatchers children have/do as well. And my ex sister in law is neighbor to a former judge from Colbert County. In both my cases, the Domestic Violence and Custody Case those who reside or prosecute are all famaliar with my ex sister in law in my opinion! And they want to call that FAIR and IMPARTIAL ????
D  24th of Oct, 2012 by    0 Votes
Truth be told you guys lied about simple dates and if you lied about something that simple what else did you lie about heres what i dont understand if you were so worried about yer niece then why did you let her sit in fostercare for a yr cause all you had to do was file just like the mother did but she must not have been important oh im sorry now its starting to come to me you were tryn to teach her a lesson oh thats right you guys wanted to instatutionalize her so in other words you guys really didnt have yer nieces best interests at heart and besides that were not talking about an 8 yr old child were talking about an 18 yr old young lady sounds like a personal vendetta if not a witch hunt
N  11th of Mar, 2013 by    0 Votes
Are you speaking about judge Jackson of Lauderdale County, Al? If so you can contract me 2563946158
N  9th of Apr, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Theresa Hamilton Please call me I have similar evidence on Jackson and Attorney Hunt, Tony Hughes and Judge Medley
N  26th of Jun, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Charliecat Can you please email me with what you know about Tony Hughes? My husband and I just hired his partner in our case against Colbert County DHR. Thanks. Kaylakeenum1983@gmail.com
N  27th of Aug, 2013 by    0 Votes
Today begins my journey to fight jefferson county DHR in Alabama. They accused us of insufficient supervision (my 17 yr old son wanted to have "relations" with a 15 yr old girl, we wouldnt allow it and he ran away from home )did an investigation and found us not guilty but yet they will not return my son. We were told the not guilty determination did not matter. We were told we had to be submissive and obedient in order to get my son back..they have fabricated lies on us, lied to the judge, and smeared my name all over my community (foster parent and daughter posted pics on facebook and twitter and fundraising for my son)..The CASA worker is an utter joke and is out to put the final nail in the coffin.. This is a violation of our civil liberties, we pay child support and we PAY LOTS OF TAXES!!! This is a government agency, plus we shouldn't have to pay child support when we were found not guilty, and have petitioned the court to return our son and the judge denied the motion. Jefferson County, Alabama DHR has ONE WOMAN ATTORNEY that is the most unprofessional, rude attorney in the state (IMO). She lies, cheats and bully's the parents, right in front of the judge and the judge does not care. I'm on my way to exposing her and DHR, the GAL and CASA for their corrupt and destructive methods on families in Birmingham Alabama
N  2nd of Dec, 2013 by    0 Votes
Attorneys do not have a license! why do people keep thinking attorneys are licensed to practice law, there is no such thing as needing a license to practice law, law is free to all, first we all need to start educating ourselves and stop always relying on the counsel of other so-called licensed attorneys that don't have a license to practice law, they carry no more then a bar card, they have made an allegiance to the barristers association which is a foreign private corporation which issues their own private laws and practices to its fraternity members. they play by their own rules and do not believe in the national constitution for north america. these people are "communist". so people u must wake up to the real deal and get back to the real world, mostly all attorneys are scared to death to fight the powers that be and get this constitutional republic back, these attorneys are all bought and paid for, their all sold out dogs! next time u speak with any attorney, ask them if u can see a copy of their license to practice law in this federal republic for north america and watch what answer u get from them. hell, they might not say another word to u again or ignore u like most always do to me when I ask them to present their license and they refuse to do so, cause there is no such thing as having a license to practice law. one most ask themselves, do u need a license to practice reading the bible? I think not cause god gave law to all. and besides attorneys can't practice law here in this constitutional republic of north america, that's why they have to practice privately under a foreign bar associate klan organization. be same and be focused, freeinhabitantlivingman@gmail.com
N  29th of Jan, 2014 by    0 Votes
My husband had a child and the mother gave her husband the child's last name and put him on the birth certificate, this man has been this child's father for 13 years even after they got a divorce, he got into trouble couldn't pay child support for their own daughter so the mom decides to come after my husband the biological father after 13 years, ALL BECAUSE SHE FOUND OUT HE HAD A GOOD JOB AT THE TIME!!! Well now we've been ordered to pay 1250 a month and my husbands jobs only last about 6 months a year the good ones!!! We can't afford the children we've had all their lives and this 13 yr old boy has nothing to do with us cause he don't know is!!! This is not right and now the ladies are RUDE AND MY HUSBAND IS $500 behind and they issued a warrant for him all because of this!!! We hired lawyer after lawyer and demanded to see the judge to no avail, DHR left the decisions up to the MOM!!! It's crazy and we are IRATE OVER THIS!!! Many attorney's said it's not right but won't take the case because they said LAUDERDALE Co is corrupt!!!
A  4th of Jan, 2016 by    0 Votes
Hello my name is Anita Craig, on June 14th, 2014 my son was injured by gun violence he was rushed to children's hospital of Alabama where he lost his spleen and part of his kidney, at the time I was out of state at work and he was in the care of my parents. I was interviewed by the police and the social worker at the hospital. At the time my mother had my niece and nephew in her custody (the mother walked out and signed over the custody to them). Fast forwarded two months later, lisa trippie (the mother of my niece and nephew) takes my mother to court for custody of the kids, the legal document that they signed stated that Lisa must have a job, a house and drug free ( oh which lisa had none of these things) the courts reviewed the case and ask DHR to check to make sure that my child was okay. Not to remove them, the day after court Lisa calls DHR, And states a child had been shot at the home and the uncle shot him (which is a total lie) DHR comes to my home and removes myself, my child and my niece and nephew and places my mother under supervision. The Case worker at the Time Carla Yelding threaten to remove my child and place him in DHR custody if I didn't find a relative for him to go to. We relocated to my sisters house where I was put on supervision. ( Now mind you I was out of state when this happen) But i was still placed on supervision.

I was told by the case worker Carla yelding and her supervisor Levon Allen that I would receive a court date, with in 72 hours, never received court date. I need to move to my best friends house because my sister doesn't have room for me at her house, I was told that I couldn't move to another location, so i demanded a court date so that I could go back to my home, but instead I was forced to take a drug test or they threaten to take my child away, my mother who is 67 years old was forced to take a drug test in order to come off of supervision and see her grandchildren. Mean while the mother of my niece and nephew who gave up her custody rights, avoids taking a drug test. The children tell the ad lightem and DHR that they want to remain with their grandmother because she has always taken care of them, but DHR and the ad lightem say that they feel the children should go to their mother, who lives with a woman who doesnt have custody of one of her children and the one she does have custody of is a 10 year old boy, who now lives with my niece and nephew and my niece is a 7 year old girl. Several of my constitutional rights were infringed upon as well as my sons, my mothers and my niece and nephew.

I want the following:
Carla Yelding & Lavon Allen Fired and notes put on their file that they are to never work in a Social Service Capacity agian
Systematic Changes made at Jefferson County DHR
Ad Lightems only used in the event that a person can not hire a lawyer for their childern.
The word of DHR does not sway the court, the facts of the case should be presented and judgement made
Financial Compensation for the pain and suffering and infringement of rights
A  26th of Jul, 2016 by    0 Votes
2 years ago a false email went in to dhr alligations about my daughter allowing her then boyfriend to mess with her little girl.No one knows who sent the email in but it was all lies. she wasn't even staying in her home at that time.She has 2 children then 4 and 2. The allegations claimed it happened at her house. The children were taken from her and I have not been able to see them since. My daughter has been in jail over a year she went to court in march and they gave her 68 years. They wouldn't let me get them cause they said I would let her see them how when she is in jail. Also They wont even let me visit them.. The lied about her house being so nasty but yet they never took her children because of a nasty house.Never complained about her house. The court was a political affair with Durr running for DA and the arresting officer his brother and the man her little girl is with is a police officer and was their friend in school. The court was filled with lies and if anyone is interested they can go read the court records and see it was a set up.. Tallapoosa County is crooked. DHR has to much power and need to be investigated. They are ruining kids lives instead of helping them. There is no justice with DHR they tell the Judges what to do.In court when judge placed them in foster homes we had no say he told us it didnt matter what we said he was doing it anyway. Then he cursed me out for asking for visitation. And since they are minors there was no court reporter cause you can't record anything dealing with minors legally. I FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING DEALING WITH dhr AND MINORS IN OR OUT OF COURT SHOULD BE RECORDED.I feel like my civil rights have been violated because they judged me without knowing me. They judged me by the lies that people who hated us told.My daughter is inocent and she will be older than I am now before she gets out of jail because of lies. GODS got this though.

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