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OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – A judge ordered three Michigan children be sent to a juvenile detention center after they refused to go to lunch or communicate with their dad.
The children, ages 15, 10, and 9, were deemed in contempt of court last month by Judge Lisa Gorcyca for disobeying her orders to “have a healthy relationship with your father,” the Detroit Free Press reports.
The children’s parents, Maya and Omer Tsimhoni, have been involved in a long custody battle over the kids.
Gorcyca blamed the mother for poisoning the children’s attitude toward their father.
Court transcripts show how upset the judge was during the hearing.
The judge reportedly criticized the children for avoiding their father, and even compared the children and their mother to Charles Manson and his cult.
The oldest boy told the judge during the hearing that he apologized for “whatever I did to you.”
“But I do not apologize for — for not talking to him because I have a reason for that and that’s because he’s violent and he — I saw him hit my mom and I’m not gonna talk to him,” the boy said, later telling the judge, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
According to WJBK-TV, Gorcyca ordered the children to apologize to their dad and have lunch with him.
But the children refused, which angered the judge.
She held them in contempt and ordered them to a juvenile detention, where they have been for the past two weeks.
“It might be one day…it might be three years. It might be until you’re 18,” the judge said.
The mother is also not allowed to see her children at the detention center, according to a court transcript. Only the father, therapist, and an attorney will be allowed to see the children during their time at the juvenile detention center.
The children’s mother, Maya Tsimhoni, is a pediatric eye doctor and glaucoma researcher. According to the Detroit Free Press, she is also an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Michigan.
Omer Tsimhoni, the children’s father, is an internationally prominent traffic safety researcher and GM engineer.
The children’s case will be reviewed in September.
However, if the father wants the case to be reviewed before then, it will be.