The Story of A Mother’s Stolen Children By CPS

The story below was written by a mother in California a State that is broke. Her children were stolen by CPS in Medesto. The reason she has a son who is autistic and they don’t have cognitive thought process. She had to lock his bedroom door at night to keep him from wondering. Her children were stolen because she was trying to keep them safe. Medesto CPS is earning quite a bit of money off these children as is the foster care provider espeically James the one who is autistic.They need to be returned to their mother now!

When does cps really act in the best interest of the child? When does children serve as a dollar sign with child protective services? Offering parents “services” that they don’t need. Offering them to parents because they get paid to do so. Getting federal bonus money for each child they adopt out and an extra 2k for a special needs child. Before my kids were taken; I thought cps acted in the common good of families and not rip children away from families that loved them. My name is Tiffany Pritchett and I have three beautiful children. My oldest son’s name is James Pritchett. He has Autism.
I have loved and cared for my kids since the day they were born. As a young single mother; I have worked so hard to provide them with what they need in every aspect of their life. I went to college so I could better myself and had my kids attend one of the best daycares in Modesto to ensure they got the love, attention, socialization, and education they deserved. I have attended the Parent Resource Center in Modesto, Ca since 2007; as I was a new mother and took them voluntarily knowing it would only benefit me and my kids.
When my son was 1yrs old, I noticed something was wrong. People kept saying, “He is just a boy. They are naturally slow” even though I knew something was “off”. I worked so hard and made significant efforts to put him through VMRC (Valley Mountain Regional Center) so he could have the therapy and resources he deserves. He has had many therapists come into the home including a speech therapist, physical therapist, and an overall therapist that came to the home weekly since 2008. Autism has always been a “red flag” for both me and his therapist, Sandra Fields. Even though he progressed in most of his development; he still wouldn’t and couldn’t talk. By the time he was 2 ½ yrs old, I pushed for VMRC to put him through B.E.S.T. (Agency that specializes in Autism) as that is what he deserved and to have more progress be made. I started receiving services with them in Sept 2010 while his diagnostic assessment was underway. I pushed for a diagnostic assessment because getting him diagnosed would open up a lot of doors and resources for him. Throughout him receiving therapy since 2008; I have always been right by his side and was involved to the upmost extent during the sessions and even after the therapist left. I have always loved my son (and all my kids) and taken care of them since the day they were born. I have always been my son’s biggest advocate; reasoning why I’m fighting this hard so the truth can be upheld and justice can be served. They are my life. They are the air that I breathe and I will not stop fighting until they come back home.
On Sept 2, 2010 at 1pm, CPS came to my residence. They said that they got a report that I “locked my kids in the room”. Was it true? Yes. Was it neglect? NO! I let them in my home as they requested. They continued with their “concerns” about the door being locked. I began to explain to them that my son had Autism. I tried to explain to them what behaviors associated with my reasons behind locking the door. I told them that I had to do it as my son “wanders” during the night which is common in children that have Autism. I said that is started after an episode my son had. One night I woke up to my son crying. I jumped out of bed and found him standing in the bathtub filled with cold water. As a mother, I had to find a way to protect him during the night. I previously tried the gates. They didn’t work. He knew how to hop over them and push them down. I tried the safety locks for the door knobs and those didn’t work either. He knew how to push them down to where they would pop off. I then began doing research, like cps should have done, on credited Autism websites on what safety measures other parents took to protect their Autistic child from “wandering” at night. I found that many professionals advised parents to “lock the bedroom door” during bedtime to protect their child. I explained this to Madeline Perez (The initial cps worker that came out during the investigation). She didn’t care. She didn’t know anything about Autism and didn’t care to understand what I was saying. Just because she didn’t “approve” of the method, it did not mean it was wrong and certainly did not mean it was neglect! However, I did comply with everything they asked! They wanted the door open and gate up, I did that! They wanted “different alternatives”, I did that too! I bought a taller gate so my son wouldn’t be able to hop over it. I bought a door knob handle that had no lock on either side. They were both installed! I called Madeline Perez, during the investigation, that Debbie was going to drive me to get the new gate and new door handle. She said, “ok”.
Rosa Mercado and Madeline Perez came on Sept 8, 2010. The purpose of that visit was to try to get me to do the VOLUNTARY “Case plan”. I never refused services. I just gave them valid reasons why I felt I didn’t need them. The case plan included Parenting Classes, Domestic Violence Assessment, and a Mental Health Assessment. In the beginning, Rosa Mercado said, “Madeline Perez wants to close the case. We just want you to do these classes”. “Are they voluntary”, I ask. “Yes” they reply. I thought I had a say in the matter. I told them I didn’t need parenting classes for the mere fact that I have been taking parenting classes since 2007 at PRC. I didn’t need a mental health assessment because I recently had one done and have had a mental health caseworker since 2007. I didn’t need a domestic violence assessment as it wasn’t a current issue and something that happened years ago. It wasn’t my fault I didn’t need their services. I get a call later that day and they said they were going to “staff” the case. They neglected to inform me what that meant.
On Sept 9, 2010 four people came to my residence. One of them being Madeline Perez. She had papers in her hand and said they were going to remove the kids from the home. Tears immediately started streaming down my cheeks. “Why” I ask. “Honey, you didn’t comply with the case plan”. Later I would found out that by law, it is illegal for a social worker to remove kids from the home just because they refuse to do a voluntary case plan. It also completely violates “due process” rights. In the report it states that they were in immediate danger. How so? Because I chose to lock my son in his bedroom during bedtime to protect him? Because I complied with everything you asked of me from the beginning? If they were such in “immediate danger” why did they wait until the 9th to remove my kids? Its ironique how they removed them from the home a day after Rosa Mercado came to the home, wanting me to do the case plan. Did they bother calling an Autism Specialist to find out if the reasonings why I locked the bedroom were accurate? No. Did they have them come to my home to inspect the situation to make sure it was neglect and not a safety measure the parent had to take to keep her Autistic child safe? No. They didn’t call anyone that specialized in my sons diagnosis nor did they call anyone that actually knew me and knew what kind of mother I have always been to my kids. They made me interrupt my sons therapy session and they made me wake up my daughter from my nap only for them to rip them from my arms moments later. They didn’t even put my son’s best interest at heart as they put him with a complete stranger, his dad. His father, Juan Espinoza, has never been Involved in James life. Nor did he care enough to be involved. I have many court records showing that he never showed up to any of them. He even went to the extent of moving to Oakland, Ca to reside with his girlfriend, Kami Martell, instead of staying in modesto and being involved with his son. I explained to cps that they couldn’t do that to James. I explained that an Autistic child doesn’t do well with change and it will be highly detrimental to him to be placed with a complete stranger. They didn’t even care. How accurate is it when cps states that they act in the child’s best interest? My sons interest and his rights were the last thing they were concerned about. At the time during the investigation I was 39 weeks pregnant. After my kids were taken, I gave birth to my second son. When the hospital tried to discharge us an alarm came up stating to hold the discharge as a social worker had to come talk to me. He didn’t really talk at all. He just said I had to sign these papers to relinquish my son into cps custody. “Why”, I ask. “Because you recently had your other two children removed from your home and it wouldn’t make sense for us to let you keep this one”. At that point I just started crying really hard. I was grieving over my kids being recently taken from my home just because I was protecting my son and now they were going to detain my newborn for no valid reason. “I just need you to sign this; otherwise we are going to have to call the cops”. Later I found out that cps isn’t allowed to make threats and they did that afternoon when they took my son away from me.
Since my kids were removed, I have had multiple court hearings including two detention hearings and two jurisdictional/dispositional hearings that kept getting extended because of the ICWA. Cps kept submitting their reports which included the detention report and the Jurisdictional Report. Yet, I wasn’t allowed to submit my side of the story. I already wrote up my Objections and Corrections letter since Madeline Perez lied throughout the whole report and falsified peoples statements and twisted words around to her liking. Two people that were mentioned on the report had to write rebuttles stating that what the cps worked said was false and how they reinstated what they actually said. My court appointed attorney wasn’t doing much to help my case so I hired a private paid attorney that would actually defend me in court and bring my kids home. At the last hearing my Lawyer stood up and contested the allegations, like it deserved to be as I never neglected my kids. We are bringing this to trial which will be held on Dec, 10th 2010 at the Stanislaus Superior Court House in Modesto, Ca at 10am with honorable Judge Ann Q. Ameral.
I have never in my life cried as much as I did when my kids were removed from my home. My heart has never ached so bad. I have cried a thousand tears and fighting everyday to prove that I never neglected my kids. I have spent many nights searching online about California Laws, CPS corruption (, Autism Websites, etc. I have called multiple Autism Agencies where they even said what I did was not neglect. I need people to come together for my kids but most of all my son, James. His voice can’t be heard in court and his rights as a child with Autism should be protected and upheld. CPS should be mandated by law to have an Autism Specialist come to the home if a special needs child is involved in an investigation to observe the situation because what may seem like neglect may very well be a safety measure the parent had to take. I should not have had my kids removed from the home purely based on cps lack of knowledge about Autism and the behaviors associated with it.
I’m taking this to the media because it deserves to go that far. I am not only fighting for my kids to come home but I need the public more aware about cps and to try to prevent this from happening to other familes whom have children with Autism or a child with special needs. I will not stop fighting until my kids come home. I will take this up through the court of appeals if needed. I will take this up to state and congress level. Parents should decide what’s best for their kids, not the government. The government has overstepped their boundaries by telling the parents how they can and can’t raise their children.
As parents, we all need to come together for the common good of our rights as parents and for the rights of our children. I need my story to be heard across the board. I need people to come together to not only help bring my kids home but to try to prevent this happening to another loving family. I need everyone to share my story with everyone you know. To also bring it to higher authorities, agencies, companies, lawyers, advocates parents, organizations, etc. I need people to try to attend my trial on the time, place, and date given above. To have so much people behind me where the hallway would be packed. I need you guys to contact the people at the numbers I provided below. I contacted ABC news and our local newspaper ( and they said that I need to have a lot of people to call in because as of right now, it’s just my word vs. cps. I need you guys to be persistent with the calls and keep calling them as I’m going to do the same. If you need to contact me to find out more information or for whatever reason, you can call me at (209) 221-5149 or email me at Thank you.
The Modesto Bee
Nan Austin
(209) 578-2339, Fax (209) 578-2207
ABC News (10)
News Hotline: Main Number:
(916) 321-3300 (916) 441-2345
KCRA (3)
(916) 444-7316
When you call, direct it as “I’m calling regarding the cps/autism story that needs to be aired”. Something to that affect.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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17 Responses to The Story of A Mother’s Stolen Children By CPS

  1. Gina says:

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  2. Tiffany says:

    What do you mean? You have facebook? I dont understand

    Tiffany. The mother of who is in this post.


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  5. The exact Tiffany Pritchett Horror, IS happening in Every State And Nation-Pandemic! We have an Open OK case, special needs Children. Trial, keeps being Cancelled, put off, so States time limit in custody, can be met to TPR the Parents. 1 year and They can Adopt children out-more Federal Title IV-E and ASFA Unlimited, taxfree $$$$, and Incentives, Bonuses And yes, Govt Will use whatever LIES they can on Loving Families, extended included!!!! Sad, but Feds ARE in on this Criminal situation, I know for Fact! Obama wont do a thing, but Knows what DOJ has done in collusion With CPS, JUDGES, COPS, DOCTORS, a Long List too long to write All, Schools, Churches, etc. HITLER is Back!!!!!!!!


  6. Amanda says:

    I live in Charles Town Wv and they stole my two small children because I missed an immunization! Im in the process of sueing the state through a federal lawsuit… I am pregnant now and they are trying to take her too… I havent done anything wrong but I do have financial trouble…Like over half of America does! They prey on people who dont have alot of money so they can adopt out our children and double or even triple their salaries… I am trying to stop this in every way possible.. I have written Nancy Grace on CNN and am writing to my congress and any government officials if you would like to join me in my fight please contact me on my email we can stop this if we have enough people..PLEASE HELP ME AND MY HUSBAND FIGHT NOT JUST FOR OUR CHILDREN BUT ANYONE ELSE WHOS RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED!!!


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  9. How’s it going now Tiffany? I am appalled but not suprised at your story. I too have an autistic son who dcfs took away and are keeping me alienated from. This is awful abuse what they do to families across america. Please keep us updated.


  10. Donald Tenn says:

    This case was recently brought to my attention as I am a representative for Fathers4Justice, the internationally recognized organization which campaigns for our children’s rights to both fit and willing parents.

    I have not had an opportunity to review the entire Pritchett case file but will certainly take the time to do so now. You see, I traveled to Modesto, California today 03/17/11 to court watch for the best interest of these 3 children, James, Hailey and Daniel. Court watching is something that I have done in as many as 20 different states before literally hundreds of cases. I have never been denied access into a court room ever, why would I be? I am there for the children’s best interest? Who would deny the best interest of the children? Well, it appears that Judge Ann Ameral is more than willing to deny the best interest of the children as she denied me access into the courtroom today.

    Of course several questions immediately come to mind, why would Judge Ann Ameral of Modesto, California deny me access into this courtroom? Does she have something to hide? Is she doing something illegal? Is she acting in the best interest of these children?

    I finally had the opportunity to communicate briefly with Pritchett’s attorney, Jeff Tenenbaum, in the hallway in front of Ann Alamar’s courtroom today. I am highly suspect of Tenebaum’s willingness to properly represent the best interest of Pritchett. Prior to meeting with Tenebaum today I attempted several telephone calls to his office for several days, all telephone calls went unanswered, no voice mail, no answering service, nothing to any of the office telephone numbers. How can an attorney properly represent someone if the attorney does not answer their telephone ever? I did end up leaving an e-mail for Tenebaum on his website which also went unanswered.

    I left Modesto, California today highly suspect of everyone involved. Our judicial process, as we are all aware is not perfect, there are flaws, however, the will full and deliberate acts to cover up ongoing actions within this judiciary should not go unnoticed. Complaints should be filed with the Department of Justice, letters should also be written to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger questioning his reasons for appointing Ameral and letters should be written to Governor Jerry Brown requesting her removal. I would further consider filing complaints against Tenebaum with the state BAR based upon improper representation as well as legal malpractice.

    I will try and make it a point to post more as this story unfolds. I would highly recommend that others abused by the Modesto, California judicial system contact me with their stories at: “UNITED we can and will affect a change for the true best interest of our children, both fit and willing parents playing an equally active role in their lives”

    Remember, American soldiers are fighting and dying today on foreign soil for our rights, sadly these lives are being lost in vain. These soldiers are being told that they are fighting for our freedoms as American citizens, all of those freedoms were denied in judge Ann Alamar’s courtroom today.


    Donald Tenn
    Fathers 4 Justice
    “Our children need both fit and willing parents to play an equally active role in their lives”

    *All of the aforementioned are my own personal opinions on this case to date. Any and all questions, comments or acts of retaliation from Judge Ameral or Attorney Tenenbaum should be directed towards myself solely, not against the Pritchett children.


  11. Amy says:

    The same thing is happening to us, but the child has a different syndrome. They took all of our children and threw us in jail. People lied, doctors lied about not doing their job. It sucks and if CPS had bothered to do a half way decent job they would have offered help instead of this messed situation they have caused. It’s been over a year and the children are growing up without those who love them.


  12. laughing at this bs says:

    I know james he litterally my favorite kid in the world but as for the bs about cps stealing him The state was right in this case plus the other I believe four kids this woman has had she also used the system plus she is either pregnant with or resently had twins and coyldnt visit lovely james cause she wasnt up to it what? Not up to it what the hell would this girl in her mid 20’s with multiple babies daddies and kids do if she had all four or five kids plus twins as a single parent really do to care for a kid like james who is by the way super smart and understands very well


  13. danny ram says:

    I can actually feel your hurt…Stockton CPS has taken my grandchildren from us.
    I think its the same Rosa …now she has a different last name.. I will forward your letter to all my contacts..I am fighting an uphill battle too..good luck


  14. Renee says:

    There is a child with the name Ethan Berlinghoff that looks just like this in my neighbor’s kids class. He is not being treated ,as good as, he should be. He has dyed blonde hair. A judge who is Doug LaMalfa’s wife has him for foster care money. They have a 20 acre ranch they cannot afford in Redding,California near Shasta college. If this is him and this is public corruption they are doing all the time with false charges. They treat him like crap she said. Someone please help him. They are saying he is thier own child. What bs. Stop the corruption or save who ever this wonderful child is. Save them both.


  15. Renee says:

    Jennifer Dollard may have arranged this. She works in law there and is corrupt too. She lives in Shasta county.


  16. This lady just had baby number 7 she’s been homeless twice refuses to work, and is currently homeless with baby number 7 in a hospital for wary labor. CPS is failing the kids she does have her oldest three are gone from her care, James adopted, Daniel with his dad, and Hailey with an aunt who fought in court and won custody, poor Aubrey is a sperm donors baby, and he twins and the new one are her boyfriends children. It’s sad. Kids hungry, neglected, abused, etc.
    she also fails to mention the baby poop on walls and carpets, dirty home, kids locked in room while she was outside. It’s sad. I pray CPS saves the last four.


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