Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Breaking News! Tomas Betsis-Dunstan Kidnapping
10 year old Tomas Betsis-Dunstan, son of famed baby expert, Priscilla Dunstan, has been retrieved from his father, George Betsis, who forcefully abducted him from his elementary school on April 4.
Susan Murphy Milano wrote about this on her blog, MurphyMilano Journal and featured an interview with Pricilla Dunstan on Justice Interrupted, which she co-hosts on Tuesday evenings to bring awareness to the facts of the case.
Susan brought the point home to readers and listeners alike that this was NOT a simple case of a father taking his child for unscheduled visitation, but that George Betsis knowingly planned this for months prior to carrying out his plan and took his son down with a chokehold while removing him from school. To Susan, an expert relationship strategist, this was clearly a case of prior domestic violence and control of an abusive partner.
Pricilla Dunstan was getting nowhere with police, no Amber Alert was issued for Tomas, and Los Angeles District Attorney's office and the L.A.P.D. were not taking this dangerous and life threatening situation as seriously as it was. Quietly working behind the scenes, Susan Murphy Milano was able to connect many dots, put pressure where it was needed and shined a light on the facts before any further tragedy happened in the life of 10 year old Tom.
It's reported that there was an ongoing investigation by child protective services of a sexual nature, and we can only hope that Tom will come away from this trauma and with the help of his mother, find adequate help to deal with things a 10 year old should never have to deal with.
As of this writing, George Betsis is still on the loose. It is the fervent wish of all involved that he be held accountable for what he has done to his own son, causing him much pain, and that he be never in the position to ever do harm to a child again.
In her books, "Defending Our Lives" and "Moving Out, Moving On" and soon to be released, "Time's Up!", Susan lays out strategies and safety plans for women and children caught in the line of fire of an abuser. By using her own methods she has been instrumental in helping Tomas not become another statistic or another news headline.
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