Hi, my name is Travis. I’m a 40 year old father to a wonderful little girl, a small business owner and citizen of Bell County, Texas. As of now, we have paid $44,000 in legal fees out of our own pocket in our fight against Texas DFPS (specifically CPS in Bell County) and the corruption that is plaguing our community. We are preparing for a Federal civil rights lawsuit to address the constitutional atrocities which are occurring within our communities. In order to continue on, we need your help.
Those who know me, know that I’m a man of principle. My fight is not about money, it’s about stopping these crooked state and county officials who are destroying families within our communities and instituting reform within the Department of Family & Protective Services. I would like to see the creation of an independent agency, which has the authority to investigate grievances against any party involved in child welfare cases.
Standing up for our constitutional rights is a difficult and expensive endeavor. Most of those who have the desire to fight injustice, lack the financial resources to do so. DFPS’s attorney, Dallas Cornish, is well aware of this and has used Bell County tax payer’s hard earned money to fund a coverup of the wrongful removal of a child, which she ordered, and had no authority to do so. Several other parties have assisted her in this coverup. They have violated our state & federal laws and our constitutional rights. These actions have resulted in fear in our communities and a public distrust of our legal system. I want to see them all brought to justice, and with your help, we can make a difference.
Our case is fairly solid. On March 10th, 2016, I was at a car dealership waiting to go into the financial office to sign the paperwork, when I received a call from a friend of mine who I had asked to watch my daughter after she got home from school. My daughter wasn’t on the bus. I had my friend search the neighborhood and go by my daughter’s friend’s houses. When she notified me that no one had seen her, I immediately left the dealership and called the police. When I arrived home, the police were there and they were actively searching for my daughter. I called the school, but was unable to reach anyone. I’ll never forget that feeling. I thought my child had been abducted. I’ve never felt pain like that in my life, and to this day, I still cry when I think about it.
Hours later, by chance, the school’s principal had come in after hours, and he notified the officer who was searching the school’s grounds that CPS had taken my daughter. Why CPS didn’t notify me, my daughter’s sole caretaker, is beyond me. The officer contacted CPS and later CPS contacted me. CPS removed my daughter without a court order, exigent circumstances or allegations of abuse or neglect. Why? Because someone speculated that I might be using drugs. CPS never investigated that allegation, nor did they ever give me the opportunity to prove my innocence. They just took my daughter. I do not use illegal substances, but even if I had been, a positive drug test is not sufficient justification for removal, absent of allegations of abuse or neglect.
All of this could have been avoided if the CPS investigator would have done her job, came by my home and asked me to take a mouth swab drug test. The investigator, Edwynna Phillips, testified under oath that she never attempted to call me and that she came by my home on two specific dates (Federal law requires them to make a reasonable effort to prevent the removal of a child before doing so), but had she actually done so, she would have realized that I have home surveillance cameras. Even though this was an irrefutable case of perjury, the Court chose to brush that fact under the rug. They’ve probably used this same tactic on hundreds of other parents, but this time they got caught red handed. It’s now time to get justice for all of these families.
After my daughter was removed, I paid for a drug test out of my own pocket, at the collection facility that is contracted with CPS. The 10 panel test came back negative. The results were ignored by the court. I took 3 additional random drug tests over the following 3 weeks for CPS, all of which came back negative, yet they still refused to let my daughter come home. I was actually thrown out of the court for asking for my daughter’s return. It has been 6 months now. Why haven’t they given my daughter back? Well, that would be an admission of guilt on their part and that opens them up to liability.
They chose to do damage control instead of taking responsibility for their actions. They publicly tarnished my character, falsified documents, tampered with witnesses, committed fraud upon the court and even committed perjury and we have overwhelming evidence of it all. There is much more that I have chosen not to mention, out of respect for your time, and so, I will conclude.
If CPS has hurt one of your friends or family members, or if you just want to make a difference in the lives of others, consider helping us stand up to these tyrants. The damage they have done to my little girl and I is irreparable, but we might be able to prevent this from happening to other families in the future. Help us send a clear message to CPS & the Family Courts that this type of conduct will no longer be permitted. Thanks for taking the time to read about our cause and may the peace of our Lord be with you.