By Joseph Snook
- Loredana Miller could not have foreseen the profound heartache
and immeasurable hardship a problematic divorce would thrust on her
until she was unjustly separated from her only daughter in October,
2015, after "falsely" being accused of medical neglect.
Loredana, a loving
mother, had raised her daughter until the age of six-years-old. She
obtained full custody of her daughter during her 2011 divorce (child
was 18 months old) and was the primary caregiver of her daughter since
In the spring of
2013, Loredana’s daughter received care, sought by Loredana, for
“intermittent esotropia” which is poor eye muscle and occasional
eye turn control, resulting in prescribed glasses. Loredana sought further
treatment options and discovered vision therapy, through the optometrist’s
recommendation, which was fully covered by the child’s insurance
When the father,
Brett, found out about his daughter’s condition and the treatment
plan chosen by Loredana, he raised allegations against Loredana of medical
neglect and insisted that his daughter, instead, have a surgery
to correct the problem rather than using the therapeutic route recommended
by the optometrist. Loredana was cautious of risks the surgery could
pose without going the therapeutic route first.
After Loredana saw
that Brett wasn’t going to cooperate with therapy and how persistent
he was about pushing their daughter through surgery, she arranged to
do it, using the best recommended pediatric ophthalmologist in the area.
This showed that Loredana was not medically neglecting her daughter.
his claim of medical neglect, Brett initiated a full scale custody
battle for the child.
went to the, "pay to play" Dr. Sabin for a custody evaulation.
Dr. Charlene O.
Sabin, in online review forums, is reported as a notoriously
biased evaluator. She was chosen by Brett’s attorney, Doug
Peterson. Loredana knew of Sabin’s reputation (one
star rating with many reviews online), numerous reviews of being
biased, and lack of credentials, so Loredana objected to Dr. Sabin performing
the custody evaluation. Loredana preferred to use a neutral licensed
psychologist, which Sabin was not. Her objection was reportedly never
heard by Judge Kirsten E. Thompson because Loredana's
own attorney agreed to use Dr. Sabin, against Loredana's wishes.
(Dr. Sabin) doesn't have the qualifications and
she should not be making these decisions. She's in violation
of her ethics rules, there's no doubt about it!"
--Licensed Portland Psychologist
Loredana attended the custody
evaluation wherein she was completely transparent and provided all documents
and release forms that were required.
When Loredana got
the evaluation back from Dr. Sabin, it appeared to be based on little
to no factual or scientific methodologies. Sabin failed to contact key
professionals and experts (doctors) before she finalized her custody
evaluation. Sabin's written report was allegedly inconsistent with her
results given in an oral phone conference with both parties’ attorneys.
In that phone conference, Dr. Sabin allegedly said that Loredana had
difficulty making decisions and that was her reason for recommending
custody be given to Brett (father). However, Brett emailed Dr. Sabin
after that phone conference and questioned
the validity of that claim after which, Dr. Sabin altered her basis
from decision making difficulty, to Loredana having
Anxious Attachment Style, which was reportedly never mentioned during
her oral report with the attorneys. Strangely, Dr. Sabin later stated
that she never
tested Loredana for Anxious Attachment Style!
focus is the practice of child and family psychotherapy..."
Dr. Sabin's Website
Note: Dr. Sabin is reportedly not licensed to practice psychology
The problem with
Dr. Sabin’s hypothesis, according to Dr. Landon Poppleton, PhD.,
JD (a custody evaluator who reviewed Dr. Sabin’s file and performed
a second evaluation on Loredana), as he put it, was, "you
have to do the work to be able to draw those conclusions and the work
just wasn’t done."
Attorney Doug Peterson, Dr. Charlene Sabin
and Brett Miller (father)
On September 29-30,
2015, Loredana and Brett appeared before Judge Kirsten E. Thompson,
to decide custody of their daughter. Witnesses stated that Dr. Sabin
physically displayed biases in the courthouse as she sat with Brett
and his attorney during breaks, laughing. Dr. Sabin was also witnessed
being coached by the father’s attorney about what to say during
Dr. Sabin presented
her assessment, reportedly full of one-sided and grossly inaccurate
information. Her testimony was also reportedly based on Brett’s
unverified hearsay. Dr. Sabin's statements were relied upon as factual
by the court.
It became obvious
Dr. Sabin was testifying against Loredana, keeping her focus on medical
neglect. Brett's attorney, Doug Peterson presented the child’s
medical records, showing only ONE
missing immunization which Loredana claimed was an incomplete record.
Loredana provided the complete and accurate record showing
the immunization was given. Nonetheless, once the true record was
provided, the judge only saw this as a "red herring"
issue (diverting attention from issue at hand), although an inaccurate
copy had been provided to the court and was apparently used as an attempt
to smear Loredana.
According to the
Brett's affidavit, he also requested custody be switched because Mother
had neglected dental care. In
sharp contrast, Dr. Poppleton testified, "there
was really no reports of concerns from the dental office."
Even though Dr.
Sabin reportedly did not contact the child’s dentist directly,
she claimed that the child had excessive
plaque and dental issues. When the dental records that were in Dr.
Sabin’s file were reviewed by Dr. Poppleton, the only annotation
of such that was found was “mild
plaque,” which is very common in almost every patient during
their six month dental check-ups. Dr. Poppleton’s office contacted
the dental office and found that the child never had a single cavity.
Furthermore, the dentist had no emergent concerns about the child's
dental care, something that Dr. Sabin had previously implied.
referring to Dr. Sabin's report.
Dr. Poppleton testified
that he had seen the notes from Dr. Wheeler that were in Dr. Sabin’s
files and that Dr. Sabin was reporting differently than what was actually
annotated in those notes. He said, "When
you read what is in Dr. Sabin's report, what she put in her report and
what are actually in those notes, there's a big difference between those.
There were things that were left out. There's things that were cherry-picked.
And that is a -- a smoking gun for bias."
Dr. Sabin insinuated
that Loredana had Anxious Attachment Style because she did things like
send snacks with her child and well-dressed the child to keep her from
being cold during winter months when leaving home. Not only are these
very normal things for caring mothers to do, but it is part of Loredana’s
Romanian culture to make sure that children are sent off dressed warm
and with food. When did caring for your child become a bad thing? Again,
Dr. Sabin cannot diagnose Anxious Attachment Style as she is not a licensed
(Loredana) parenting appears to be within normal limits."
Landon Poppleton PhD, JD
Loredana has subjected
herself to three different mental health evaluations because of the
concerns by her ex-husband, Brett, and to prove she is a good mother.
She has complied every step of the way. One was done during the initial
divorce. Two more evaluations were completed while Dr. Sabin was involved.
All of them showed normal results; Loredana is a satisfactory parent
evaluations were also conducted so that experts could testify as to
Loredana being mentally sane. The only report that was never produced,
was the one ordered by Dr. Sabin, which was conducted by Dr. Kathleen
Gillis PsyD. Dr. Gillis never produced a written report, but conferred
that Loredana had "no clinical scale elevations" - essentially
meaning, no mental health disorders.
Miller approaches life with a clear sense of purpose..."
Christopher F. Wilson PsyD
Dr. Sabin is a pediatrician,
yet she reportedly represents herself as providing
psychological services in her private practice such as, “psychotherapy.”
675.020, Practice or representation as a psychologist without a
license, prohibits this. Dr. Sabin is allegedly not qualified to make
assessments regarding adult mental health issues.
Ironic is that Judge
Thompson still regarded Dr. Sabin as qualified to make her predictions
about Loredana, even calling her a psychologist, which she is not, and
dismissed an actual licensed psychologist’s, Landon Poppleton,
PhD, professional opinion. She stated his testimony was not well taken,
without offering any explanation as to "why."
Dr. Sabin claimed
she, “ran out of people,” she could speak with because of
time constraints, while pushing to get her evaluation done before the
new school year started, although she only reportedly talked to one
of the childs doctors. The child’s doctors include 3-4 different
eye doctors (ophthalmologists and optometrists combined), her eye surgeon,
her pediatrician, her dentist, her occupational therapist and her mental
that Sabin failed to speak with at least four expert doctors! Records
in her file allegedly showed that she continued to work on the case,
speaking ex parte to Brett and gathering records, well after she "completed"
her work. It's obvious that Dr. Sabin's actions greatly benefited Brett.
Her final report was dated July 24, 2015. She has emails into August,
2015, showing she still worked on the case well after the date her report
was finished. Why?
The following is
no longer in reference to Loredana’s particular case, but Dr.
Sabin’s work in general, on other cases…
have been traumatized becuase of her (Dr. Sabin)..."
Licensed Portland Psychologist
Not only has Dr.
Sabin allegedly worked outside her scope, but it was also reported that
she does not follow Model Standards of Practice for child custody evaluation
by AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) or the NASW
(National Association of Social Workers). Furthermore, sources stated
there are over a dozen alleged violations that Dr. Sabin has committed,
and according to the AFCC, it appears that Dr. Sabin may not be qualified
to be a custody evaluator.
changed reality and is threatening our witnesses..."
Other parents have
reported that Dr. Sabin is bought and paid for. Did she tamper with
medical records to accuse Loredana of medical neglect so Brett could
get custody? This wouldn’t be the first time Dr. Sabin was allegedly
caught with altered documents to favor fathers who are seeking custody.
In a separate case, Dr. Sabin reportedly did not give a mother her custody
evaluation report until hours before trial, preventing necessary time
for a peer review, or, to counter the claims. On another evaluation
Dr. Sabin conducted, she reportedly changed her findings three different
times to be more extreme each time against the mother and recommended
that more rights be stripped from that mother. This reportedly happened
every time the mother pointed out gross errors such as the number of
family members, dates, timeline, etc. In another interview with a child
therapist, the therapist reported that Dr. Sabin had allegedly called
and made threats against her if she was to testify for a child who had
been seeing her for therapy regarding alleged sexual abuse by the father.
The mother said, “Sabin changed reality and is threatening
our witnesses so our former abuser can get custody.”
On court record,
Dr. Sabin claimed she did not know
who paid her on Loredana’s case, yet in a subpoenaed email
dated July 28, 2015 Sabin's assistant clearly states that she
does know who paid the initial deposit. Dr. Sabin even has her assistant
ask Brett for more money! In another letter sent directly to Dr. Sabin
herself, Brett's attorney tells her that Brett
will be paying for her services. Perhaps Dr. Sabin's recollection
of who paid her was just another, "red herring," as Judge
Kirsten Thompson put it!
case took place in Washington County, OR., which is reportedly notorious
for biases, especially when Dr. Sabin is involved. Domestic violence
was a part of why Loredana separated from Brett, and there is a police
report that reflects domestic violence, which was also noted by Dr.
Wilson. Additionally, Brett's attorney’s position from his closing
trial argument was that Loredana is not a bad mother. Witnesses state
Loredana is a loving and caring mother. Her mental health evaluations
lead one to think; why was her daughter ever removed from her custody?
In total, Loredana
has spent more than $40,000 fighting this custody case. She's spent
upwards of $60,000 in legal fees since her divorce and is still making
payments to her trial attorney and appellate attorney. She is still
paying her evaluator, Dr. Poppleton. She is also paying her parent coordinator
now involved in the case. She was also ordered to pay around $5k of
Brett’s attorney fees and child support! If you could contribute
any amount to her legals costs, please contact the US~Observer (contact
info. below). Please share her story, too. Without traction - she's
just another person without a voice.
will be heard on March 6, 2017.
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