Here is an interesting California child custody case brought to us courtesy of Bakersfield Now.
It is complex on many layers:
- We see the monumental tasks charged to family law judges making life altering decisions
- We see how the media pick and choose sides to a story to garner an audience
- We see how parents forget the past and the children for the sake of victory.
A Bakersfield woman continues to try and regain sole custody of her 8-year-old daughter in an unusual child custody battle.
The girl is currently living with the father, 56-year-old Nicholas Elizondo, who is a registered sex offender.
Elizondo was convicted in 1995 after pleading no contest to one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
In June 2013, Elizondo traveled to Oklahoma to gain custody of his daughter, and after a lengthy battle, a judge awarded full custody of the child to Elizondo.
Since then, the girl’s mother, 50-year-old Lisa Knight, has been seeking to regain custody.
Of course there are two sides to every story, and there must be more to this story. The case was fully litigated in Oklahoma. How bad was the mother’s story that she lost custody to a registered sex offender? The girl has her own attorney here in California who is not speaking out against Elizondo. And we don’t know the backstory to the relationship between Mom and Dad: did she know he was a sex offender before she conceived a child with him? The timeline suggests that she did. The facts are salacious, no doubt about it. However the media reporting this story have aligned with Mom at the expense of fully reporting the story. What I see as tragic is the fact that the little girl, even though unnamed, will for the rest of her life be at the center of this devastating passion play.