Christi's case has been set for a status hearing on Feb. 21, 2017. The
hearing is set to determine when the final day of trial will be. Not
only has this case dragged on for several years, a three day trial has
now been spread out over several months. A young child and her family
have been injured beyond belief. To those who know this, and have the
ability to help, and have not, and you know who you are; I have only
this to say, and I'll quote Mark Twain: "Never pick a fight with
people who buy ink by the barrel."
What would you think about
a four-year-old child who, when you wanted to take her to a relative's
home, became so agitated in not wanting to go, and so visibly scared
that the child wet her pants? Would you think there was a real problem;
perhaps a dangerous problem? Or, would your first inclination be that
the child must have been coached? Unfortunately, for one child and her
mother that is exactly the position Department of Human Services (DHS)
employee Cori McGovern has taken by asserting the mother introduced
the ideas into her own child. By taking this position, DHS has taken
the child from her mother and placed her with the girl's father, the
exact person the girl so vehemently acted out against being around.
It begs the question, how is it that some abused children get lost in
the system that is supposed to protect them and wind up being more damaged?
One thing is certain, that is exactly what has happened in this nightmare
of a case.
According to records,
In the Spring of 2015, Christi MacLaren was initially told by her daughter
(then four-years-old) that Sean Lenzo (biological father) had rubbed,
"magic cream" on her vagina in a really fast motion until
bleeding occurred. Next, the young girl reportedly claimed Lenzo took
a picture of her vagina while it was bleeding, eventually showing her
the photo as he laughed. In shock, Christi, “immediately contacted
several professionals that very day.” Her main concern was her
daughter's safety and seeking help. Unfortunately, there was no help
for Christi and her daughter, only horrific damage according to mulitple
"DHS caseworker, Cori McGovern, has previously
been sued and
found liable for over One Million Dollars for placing a young girl in
home, resulting in the child being raped repeatedly by two males." --Witness
the only one with a dark history. According to one witness, "DHS
caseworker, Cori McGovern, has previously been sued and found liable
for over One Million Dollars for placing a young girl in a dangerous
home, resulting in the child being raped repeatedly by two males."
According to the Attorney who represented one of McGovern’s victims,"DHS
settled his client's case for a large sum of money."
Instead of being fired for placing
the child with rapists, and previous actions, DHS simply transferred
McGovern to another office in a nearby town. Today, McGovern is doing
the exact same thing to another young girl, Christi's daughter.
On December 19,
2016 Christi MacLaren, along with her husband Gabriel, and her parents
attended a hearing before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ronald
Grensky regarding Christi's now six-year-old daughter. The hearing was
set because the biological father, Sean Lenzo, refused to adhere to
a previous order, and prevented the grandparents from seeing the child.
Lenzo also claimed Christi’s husband, the girl’s stepfather,
Gabriel, was a danger to the young girl. Without any factual evidence
or witnesses, Lenzo alleged Gabriel abused Christi.
The evidence contradicts
Lenzo’s attempts to smear Gabriel. In fact, 38-year-old Gabriel
has no criminal convictions EVER, nor any record of domestic abuse whatsoever.
Gabriel was a youth group counselor at his church, and has previously
worked with the Oregon Youth Authority requiring extensive background
checks to be passed before he could be around children. After hearing
Lenzo’s unsupported story full of vague details, Judge Grensky
sided with Christi, her parents and Gabriel, rightfully allowing visits
until the trial date to establish custody is over.
don't want to be with him!"-- Daughter
Signs of sexual
abuse were witnessed by several people; one being a pre-school principal
who stated she heard the young child scream, "I don't want
to be with him" (Lenzo) as the little girl urinated on
herself. Claims of self harming by the young girl were also investigated
and confirmed by people other than the mother. According to many professionals,
actions are severe symptoms of sexual abuse.
recommend all contact (daughter and Lenzo)
stop immediately, including supervised visits." -- Victoria Bones, Licensed Clinincal Social Worker
Victoria Bones, a court appointed expert licensed clinical social worker
found that, "It is highly unlikely that the child could react
the way she does so consistently and repeatedly" if she
had been coached. Bones continued, "I recommend all contact
(daughter and Lenzo) stop immediately, including supervised visits."
Bones finished by saying, "to force (child) to continue to have
contact with her father is re-traumatizing her in my opinion."
Bones met several times with the young girl. It took more than one year
before Judge Grensky heard this expert witness testimony.
MacLaren is a 40-year-old, bright, well educated, married, mother
of two who displays no evidence of a mental defect." --Dr.
Jerry Larson M.D. Psychiatrist
Dr. Jerry Larson M.D. Psychiatrist stated, "Christi MacLaren
is a 40-year-old, bright, well educated, married, mother of two who
displays no evidence of a mental defect." Dr. Larson continued,
"I find the DHS (Cori McGovern) action puzzling at best."
Experts found serious examples
of abuse allegedly by Sean Lenzo. Some of the reports were intense,
as described above, yet McGovern didn't only disbelieve Christi, she
has essentially not believed any of the experts - professionals who
are highly educated and have the ability to diagnose, whereas McGovern
At a hearing on Dec. 19th,
Attorneys for both parties began litigating intently. Judge Grensky
showed a deep concern to want this case resolved - fast. After previously
stating he did not want to hear expert witness testimony, and that he
wanted the parents to "work things out", Grensky did an abrupt
180 degree turn from his previous actions in the case. Thankfully he
finally took this case as serious as he should have nearly eight months
Jamie Hazlett began questioning Gabriel, the step-father, drilling him
over and over again, unnecessarily. Judge Grensky stepped in and stated,
"Ms. Hazlett I'm going to be frank with you. Why is that
every time we have a problem with a judgment you're on one end of it.
Why is that? I don't understand, but it's always you."
Hazlett responded, "Alright well that may be your take on
it..." Judge Grensky replied, "It is my take
After DHS caseworker
Cori McGovern got on the witness stand, Judge Grensky stated to her,
"let me be succinct... Now that it looks like that (daughter
being kept from mother) may go down the drain, you're not so happy anymore.
That's the bottom line, right?
"It is our (DHS) belief that [the daughter's] behaviors were
caused by mother." McGovern continued, "That
she (Christi) influenced, that she coached the child and that (child's)
behaviors - the self harming, the unrealistic fear of her father, that
those were being driven by her mother."
said that if Christi sees her daughter unsupervised, that DHS will take
custody of the young girl. Remember, several professionals who have
the ability to diagnose, disagree with McGovern and DHS. These are experts
that had to wait over one year to testify in front of Judge Grensky.
Considering this line of questioning by the Judge, it appears that he
has finally taken a keen interest in what should rightfully be done.
was held and it was decided that there
is not reasonable cause to believe that
you (Christi) are responsible for the
mental injury of (your daughter)."--
How can McGovern
declare that the mother is the cause of abuse when McGovern's own superiors
issued a letter dated Sept. 23, 2016 that read in part, "...A
review was held and it was decided that there is not reasonable cause
to believe that you (Christi) are responsible for the mental injury
of (your daughter)." Furthermore, once the letter was written,
how is it that McGovern could continue to make these claims against
Christi? Is there no chain of command at DHS? Or, do caseworkers get
to do anything they want without accountability?
According to McGovern,
the case DHS had against Christi was closed in April of 2016, five months
before her superiors took action at the request of Christi's attorney
Samantha Malloy. So, the question remains, how can McGovern be allowed
to testify under oath that Christi is an abuser while McGovern's own
Thomas from Salem, OR., states there is no proof Christi caused abuse?
had already taken one mental health evaluation which she passed, but
DHS' Cori McGovern wasn't willing to accept that report. Instead, McGovern,
along with Lenzo's attorney Jamie Hazlett, pushed for a court order
to force Christi to choose one of two "DHS approved"
mental health evaluators. Christi, at the advice of her attorney, chose
Dr. O'Connell - the doctor DHS wanted. Christi had no funds to pay for
the mental health evaluation as she had been fired from her previous
place of employment because of the false "founded
abuse" report that Cori McGovern had previously made. Christi's
employer was forced to fire her due to insurance liability, preventing
Christi from having an income and leaving her scraping to get by with
the bare essentials. Eventually, Christi was able save enough to pay
for the $1,400.00 exam that took several days to complete. The report
from Dr. O'Connell was finally produced just before the Dec. 19th hearing.
The result: Christi is a satisfactory parent.
Although Christi has now
passed two mental health evaluations, DHS' Cori McGovern was still not
satisfied, claiming on the witness stand that she hadn't seen it yet,
insinuating that she would not accept it because she wasn't able to
talk with the doctor even though the court had already agreed that any
communication from anyone regarding the exam would have to be done in
writing, as part of the record. Cori McGovern apparently didn't want
to communicate on the record. Did McGovern want to pressure the doctor
to give a fraudulent report that bolstered an ill conceived agenda?
has no criminal record while the biological father reportedly had an
extensive one, including three felony arrests. According to one witness,
two of the felonies were dismissed through a plea deal, and another
felony conviction in California simply just disappeared. Could DHS have
a hand in that? Although the felonies may be gone, Lenzo’s acknowledgment
of them is not. Lenzo confirmed his drug abuse history during a deposition.
According to Lenzo’s Facebook page, he now has a gun which has
caused much more fear for Christi and her family. It has been reported,
Christi had a previous restraining order against Lenzo because he threatened
harm to her and her parents.
Sean Lenzo has been convicted of felony drug charges,
it would be next to impossible for him to ever possess a firearm."
-- Law Enforcement Officer
One law enforcement
professional stated that, "If Sean Lenzo has been convicted
of felony drug charges, it would be next to impossible for him to ever
possess a firearm." Unfortunately, that doesn't appear
to be the case in this instance.
Backing up to the
May 19th hearing, Judge Grensky stated to Christi, after not allowing
expert testimony, "All of this is going to be on you (Christi).
We're not gonna be sitting there monitoring every single step of the
way." The Judge ended his statement by saying, "I
don't tell DHS what to do." Although the Judge's tone at
the recent hearing purportedly leads one to believe he is finally doing
the right thing, his prior statement that he doesn't tell DHS what to
do is what has terrified Christi MacLaren beyond belief. She's concerned
that the Judge's power is not enough to protect her, or her daughter
because of the continuous threats by DHS. It's all been but guaranteed
according to McGovern that DHS will take her daughter again if the Judge
rightfully gives her custody.
A final trial date
to determine custody of Christi and Lenzo's daughter has not been scheduled
as of the this date, please check at usobserver.com for trial updates.
Christi has spent approximately $37,000.00 in the past two years attempting
to protect her daughter. If you can support Christi, we humbly ask that
you donate to her GoFundMe
account. Attorney bills are piling high and every cent contributed
will be graciously appreciated.
Again, please give
even the smallest
amount. Christi's family is in desperate need.
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the evening of December 21st, 2016 the US~Observer received a call from
a blocked number. The caller asked, “Why are you pushing on
Cori McGovern?” When asked to identify himself the caller
stated, “It doesn't matter.” The caller was told
that we wouldn't talk to him unless he identified himself to which he
responded, “Okay, I'll have to come see you in person, if that's
the way you want it.”
It appears Cori McGovern
doesn't just like to throw her weight around in cases where children
are involved. It is more likely than not that she had this "stranger"
call to try to intimidate us. We will not be intimidated, and it just
made our resolve even greater.
As of Feb. 7, 2017, the third,
and last day of trial was not scheduled. Not only has this case dragged
on for years, trial is now into its second month without resolve. Reports
suggest that Lenzo’s attorney Jamie Hazlett is trying to push
the final trial date to May, 2017. Does this support justice for all
has attempted to talk with Sean Lenzo. He has not responded, but his
friends and family have. One of his so-called friends did not help establish
Sean's character. This "friend" used graphically inappropriate
language and made unfounded statements. His Grandmother, Rose Lenzo,
has shared her willingness to help resolve this nightmare of a case.
We hope she can. She stated her bill for legal fees is, "Over
20 thousand dollars" as she is paying Sean’s Attorney,
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the side of the truth and is backed by experts involved in this case.
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