CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., on behalf of Justin Freeman, will appear in Will County Courthouse at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 301 on a Motion to Terminate Child Support on the grounds that Justin Freeman's daughter, Cherish, is deceased, allegedly at the hands of her mother. Garvey v. Freeman, Case No. 2017 F 616. "It's unfortunate that a child support Order does not terminate by operation of law in such a circumstance," said attorney Jeffery M. Leving.
Last week, attorneys Jeffery M. Leving and Kevin O'Connor filed suit against Lydia Home Association, Inc. and Safe Families for Children Alliance, Inc., both commonly known in the community as Safe Families for Children, on behalf of Freeman, who tragically lost his nine-month-old baby daughter, Cherish, as a result of the reported negligence of Safe Families.
The Safe Families program was reportedly negligent in releasing Cherish Freeman back to the care of her mother, Shanquilla Garvey-Howard, directly against the warnings of her father, Justin Freeman, and without his consent. After the baby was released to the mother by Safe Families over the strong objections of the father, Cherish was allegedly brutally beaten by her mother, causing her to suffer multiple skull fractures, internal lacerations and bleeding, coma, and, ultimately her death on December 24, 2017.
This grieving father must now go to Court simply to have his child support payments for Cherish hopefully stopped. "This shows just how badly our judicial system is broken," said one of Freeman's attorneys, Andrew A. Muchoney, of the Leving Legal Team. Currently there is no law that automatically terminates a child support obligation when the child is deceased in such a situation. Instead, Freeman, after suffering the most unimaginable loss that any parent will ever suffer – the death of his child -- must ask the Court to terminate the Order requiring him to make payments to the incarcerated mother for his deceased baby. Freeman should never face jail time if he cannot pay future child support for his deceased baby. Leving stated: "We do not want him to fear losing his liberty, on top of losing his daughter."
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2018
Contact: Jennifer Whiteside
SOURCE Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.