As the police began to dig, they discovered that little Joseph was a volatile and violent child, who had been kicked out of several schools for attacking students and staff, once nearly choking a teacher with a phone-cord.
Patterson: My grandson was who he was from the time he was born.
Stahl: What do you mean?
Patterson: He has absolutely no understanding of cause and effect.
Stahl: It is so rare that a 10-year-old would kill a father.
Patterson: Uh huh. Well, but you know, I wasn't surprised by it. I just somehow felt it could always happen. But I thought it would be when he's older.
Stahl: Would this have happened if Jeff had not become a Nazi?
Patterson: I think so. Probably later. Joe was still Joe and they weren't having a lot of luck figuring out exactly what his problems were. Or how to deal successfully with them.
Little Joseph also had a history of starting fires.
The accused boy's mother, Leticia Neal of Spokane, Wash., on Tuesday said she pleaded with the courts to grant her custody of their 10-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter after learning about her ex-husband's neo-Nazi ties. Neal, during the divorce proceedings nearly a decade ago, accused Hall of abusing their two children, but the charges were never substantiated.
"All I can tell you is that I begged and begged them to please let me have full custody," Neal said in a telephone interview.
Court records show that Hall had been granted full custody of his two children during their divorce. He had accused his ex-wife of abusing and neglecting their son and daughter during custody visits. But a Sept. 19, 2002, child protective services report filed in court stated that those allegations could not be substantiated.
Neal denied the allegations during the court proceeding, and she declined to comment on the matter Tuesday.
In January 2011, a Riverside County judge upheld Hall's full custody of the children, barring her from visiting the children. But Neal and her children were allowed to start undergoing reunification therapy.
"So either the parents are unclear on what exactly constitutes child abuse, or they are willing to lie about their child being abused to restrict the child's contact with his other parent or to punish the other parent, or one or both of them might have abused the kids in some way, or some combination of those totally awesome options."
Riverside superior court judge Jean Leonard heard the case without a jury.
Leonard said in the ruling that the killing was planned by the boy but noted the amount of abuse he suffered at the hands of his father had an effect on his life.
"This was not a complex killing," Leonard said. "He thought about the idea and shot his father."
You should note the distinction in the title of severe Attachment Disorder: the subject is not children who have only experienced single traumatic life events – they have a much better prognosis – it is about children who have survived multiple traumatic events, perhaps hunger, and a persistent lack of parenting in their first years.
It is also important to understand that these children are normal children whose abnormal behavior is caused by an abnormal early environment.
In the very short version Attachment Disorder (hence: AD) covers a range of behavior problems that are common in children who did not receive sufficient care during the first few years. As we shall see, the problem of AD is a complex one, but in headlines the most important criteria will suffice:
A. Antisocial behavior throughout childhood (including preschool age) [...]
B. Uncritical attachment behavior [...]
[I include the following paragraphs addressed to caregivers of children with AD because of their empathy, and the ray of hope for children under the care of someone who genuinely worries about their well-being and future]
The increasing number of children with AD behavior patterns are only the tip of the iceberg, and I would like the troubled reader in custody of such a child to remember that you are not entirely alone and totally responsible, you are also facing a small facet of a general problem in society that should not remain hidden and private. I say this because my supervision practice has shown me that people working with these children (especially adoptive parents with no prior knowledge of AD) tend to torment themselves with blame, exhausting illusions about miracles, and feelings of anger, hopelessness and incompetence. In other words: they fall prey to the same emotional dynamics as the child in their care, and therefore are of little help to it.
It is extremely important in order to provide an efficient treatment that you see the general aspects of attachment problems and limit your efforts to something possible and not detrimental to your own health. If not, you will probably burn out and have to let go of the stable, long-term, calm and down-to-earth environment that is so important for the optimal function of these children. The child would then experience a new rejection and separation.
six-or-six-thirty: Supposedly Hall had been a 'model father' until the 2 years before his death, after he'd become the Neo Nazi group leader and started drinking.
A little-known kibosh on government research into the public health effects of gun violence is expected to be lifted after President Barack Obama called Wednesday for renewed scientific inquiry -- and funding -- to address the problem.
Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies to research the causes and prevention of gun violence -- and he called on Congress to provide $10 million to pay for it.
... The action immediately was praised by scientists who said pro-gun advocates -- including the National Rifle Association -- had choked off funding for CDC firearms research starting in the mid-1990s and imposed a chilling effect on those who dared to pursue it.
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