Three Michigan children who were sent to a juvenile detention center last month for refusing to go on court-ordered visits with their father were released Friday.
According to the
, at an emergency hearing last week, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca lifted her civil contempt order against the children, ages 9, 10 and 15, allowing them to be immediately transported to a summer camp where both parents will be able to visit them. In June, Judge Gorcyca ordered the three siblings to Children’s Village Detention center and prohibited their mother, Maya Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, from visiting. The court ruled that the children would remain there until age 18 or until the court reviewed the matter.
At a June 24 hearing, Judge Gorcyca declared the children in contempt of court for refusing to go to lunch with their father as ordered by the court. The oldest, Liam Tsimhoni, apologized to the judge for breaking the court order, but said he did not want contact with his father, saying he is violent and had hit his mother.
During the hearing, Judge Gorcyca told the children they were brainwashed and compared the trio to the cult of Charles Manson. On Friday, she told the Huffington Post she was only trying to protect the children from their manipulative mother.
“My intention was [for the children] to receive independent, objective and caring counseling,” she said.
“We’re really happy she’s allowed them to come out and enjoy camp like some of their friends,” Lisa Stern, attorney for Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, told the Huffington Post.
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