Fit Mother Struggles to Regain Access to Children

The home school mother who had her children taken from her last week as the result of District Judge John Youngblood’s ruling in a custody case was back in court in Cameron yesterday. She has moved from New Braunfels back to Rockdale, in Milam County, in an effort to have more time with her children under the temporary orders set by Judge Youngblood in the case.

The hearing yesterday was an opportunity to allow the judge to move away from his earlier ruling to place the children with the paternal grandparents while the father travels extensively (two to three weeks per month). If the judge allows the mother to have “right of first refusal,” the father would be required when he is out of town to allow the mother to have the children rather than placing them with the grandparents as the judge earlier ruled.

Yesterday the father did not attend the hearing, as he was traveling, but the judge set a hearing for Monday, March 26, to review the request of the mother’s attorneys. According to the home school supporters who were present, the judge seemed less dismissive and more balanced in his demeanor toward the mother and her legal counsel. In fact, the judge commented that the mother’s move back to the county changed the dynamics of the case. He recommended that the parents seek mediation, and he allowed the mother to see her children that evening.

The judge also affirmed the date set for the jury trial in May, in spite of efforts by the father’s legal counsel to drag this case out. It is clear that this judge is feeling the heat of public opinion, as we were told that the local community and attorneys in Cameron and in Milam County are asking him about this case. He seems to be trying to find a way to extricate himself from his earlier ruling favoring the grandparents. This case has the potential to be a real problem for his reelection efforts this November.

The mother told me this morning that she is very grateful for the support she is receiving from the home school community and the local community in Rockdale. Please continue to pray for this mother and for her attorneys as they move forward in asking the judge to give her expanded visitation with her children, right of first refusal when the father travels, and for temporary spousal support.

Please also continue to pass this information on to those whom you know who live in Milam County. We must keep the public focus on this case, and ultimately on a jury trial in May, so that this judge will be taken out of the loop and citizens of Milam County will have a chance to return the children to their gracious, godly mother. As we saw in a similar case in Tarrant County last year, a jury is often the only solution to justice when dealing with biased judges.


  1. RobinDallasTX says

    I have the ability to direct message Gov. Perry & I did so. Not sure he received the message yet, however I will continue to periodically nudge the gov. if this judge doesn’t get his act straight.

    I hope the mother’s attorneys brought the threats to light – that is proof of disparagement of the other parent & more…… can’t image that they’d chicken out on that with all this support – but custody attorneys are interesting to say the least.

    I would never have one my case if I’d done what the family lawyers told me to do. God really is the best attorney!!! He’ll NEVER lead you the wrong way if you study to understand what you’re being told & yes – have the guts to literally – totally trust him.

    It’s VERY difficult to tell excellent lawyers with years experience “your wrong” – please risk your career – we have to trust in God. Most attorneys have a hard time with that!!!

    I was lucky to have a lawyer who totally doubted me – but didn’t want to take the chance against God in case I was right.

    Miracles can happen friends – sometimes we just have to work hard for them & it looks like this community is willing to accept the challenge & support this family.

    The stress is so much easier to bear when you know you have support.

    Best wishes

  2. Claude E Welch says

    Mr. Lambert: You article is vague at best. Why did the judge make the original ruling with which you take exception? One thing we all can always do is to promote a candidate for public office to run against someone we dislike in public office. One thing we should never do is to bring pressure on a trial court judge to achieve a specific decision on a specific case, especially in private as your article indicates has happened.

    • says

      Mr. Welch: As JP mentioned you should read previous posts if you are really interested in the problem that I have with the judge’s original ruling. My issue is that he acknowledged the grandparents did not have legal standing to be managing conservators and denied their attempt to do so and then in the same order ruled that when their son was traveling (50-75% of the time) the grandparents were to have the children rather than their fit mother, unless of course, it was her weekend to have the children. Contrary to your assertion my comments do not indicate that there have been any attempts to influence the judge private or otherwise. I am simply reporting to the public what is happening in his courtroom. Surely, you don’t view that as seeking to influence the outcome of the case? Nevertheless, many people are appalled with this judge’s demeanor and his original ruling and it leads people to wonder whether or not the father’s threat to take the children from the mother and his ability to do so because his family “owned the courthouse” might actually be what is happening.

  3. JP says

    Mr. Welch: Nothing vague about it at all. This is simply the latest update. Please take time to read the previous posts related to this issue to both see the obvious answer to your question and to understand what a gross miscarriage of justice has been wrought by this particular judge. After due diligence on your part, you should clearly see the error of your commentary and, for the sake of integrity, retract such ill-chosen words particularly given the context of this ongoing travesty.

  4. Stacey says

    Once again I want to thank THSC for fighting for the rights of fit parents. I’m not sure how anyone could read this article and not question a judgement that places children in the care of their grandparents instead of their fit parent. Seriously–how can anyone w/any sense of ethics think that placing children w/grandparents instead of their FIT mother is “right?” Grandparents can be a wonderful addition in a child’s life–and *if* the parents are UNFIT–they can be a wonderful alternative to parental upbringing. But grandparents have already had their chance at parenting…they have no business taking custody from fit parents. Any judge who doesn’t see the insanity of taking custody from fit parents and placing children with grandparents instead, deserves (at the very least) to loose their position of authority. Again–thank you Tim Lambert and THSC for once again fighting the good fight! You are appreciated more than simple words can express.

  5. jayla allen says

    i think that what that father did to those children was SELFISH, SELF-CENTERED,CRUEL, AND NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN. my god, he was traveling when the last court case was held. the paternal grandparents are NOT those childrens mother! i feel that those children are being used as tools to hurt, and control the mother; which by the way is ABUSE TO BOTH MOTHER AND CHILDREN! they say texas is a state for and in favor of the fathers though, and it is sad when the children are the ones being hurt. it is also DISCRIMINATION, and the mother should consider taking it to the govenor, the press, and the supreme court if necessary! you can clearly see that she loves those children so much, that she chose to educate her own children instead of shipping them off to the school system every day to do the SAME thing she chose to do at home! the father and his parents should be forced to back off!


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