Published on Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00
Six years ago in California, Nicholas Elizondo was convicted for raping a 6-year-old girl. He spent six years in jail for his crime and when he came out, he started fighting for sole custody of his daughter, Sarah, who is 6-years-old.
During the six years he spent incarcerated for raping the girl, his ex-wife, Lisa Knight, raised Sarah in Norman. And after six years of hardly any contact, he decided to fight for the sole custody of his daughter. Everyone thought that the judgement would be a no-brainer; the judge would review his file and automatically decree that Pedo Nicho is forbidden to step within a 5 mile radius of his daughter. Why? BECAUSE HE RAPED A GIRL WHEN SHE WAS 6-YEARS-OLD, AND HIS DAUGHTER IS NOW 6-YEARS-OLD. DUH. But that was not the case. For some inane reason, Pedo Nicho was awarded sole custody of Sarah. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!
“Then he comes out with this solemn face and ‘Oh this is a really hard one for me’,” Sarah’s cousin, Jodi Coomer, said. “And I`m thinking hard?”
Sarah’s family obviously, was completely taken aback by the Oklahoma County judge’s decision. Both Sarah’s mother and cousin think that there is more to Judge Howard Haralson’s decision than what was portrayed in the courtroom.
“His attorney was in the chambers with the judge while he was deliberating his decision,” Jodi recalled. “There was laughter coming from the room. We waited for what seemed like hours but it was just minutes.”
Jodi could only guess that Judge Haralson questioned Lisa’s parenting because she could not name all of Sarah’s doctors.
“There is no threat to her whatsoever here. Nothing’s happened to her. She’s made all of her appointments,” Jodi said. “Because mom can`t remember the doctor`s names then she’s a bad mom? I don`t think so.”
Sarah was born with a cleft lip and palette, so you can only imagine how many specialists she has.
Sarah left for California on 25 June at night to live with her monster of a father who she only remembers as someone who brings gifts and leaves.
“I don`t understand how a sex offender can just walk in the courtroom and just take her after I’ve had her for six years,” Lisa said mournfully.
Sarah’s family is at their wits’ end of how they are able to come up with the money to continue fighting for Sarah. They hope that media publicity would inform the public of what an outrageous decision this is.
There was once when little Sarah came home from a trip after visiting her father in California, with a story that she said she was not supposed to tell.
“While she was in the bathtub she said ‘Something really bad happened,’” Jodi recounted.
It took weeks of prompting for Sarah to tell her mother and cousin that her half brother had touched her inappropriately. But Sarah’s accusations were incomplete and now she has to live with him too in her father’s house.
Lisa said that Pedo Nicho initially had no particular interest in seeing Sarah, but all that changed recently. She does not want to think about why he suddenly changed his mind.
“I just know that his victim was six-years-old at the time and Sarah is six-years-old right now,” Lisa said.
Lisa said that she is completely at a loss of how she is going to get Sarah back. “I’ve been fighting him and I just don’t have any more money to fight him at all.”
Jodi reckons that with Sarah’s father being a registered sex offender, a pedophile at that, Sarah is not going to have much of a very happy childhood.
“He can`t take her to Chuck E. Cheese. He can`t take her to a park,” Jodi said. “He can`t go to her school. He`s not allowed in school.”
Both Sarah’s mother and cousin believe that her father’s past will haunt her in the future. “When she`s old enough to Google it, that`s just going to be a sad day,” Jodi said.
Lisa and Jodi are still vehemently fighting to keep Sarah’s half brother away from her while she is in California. When they spoke to Pedo Nicho’s attorney, he told them that Judge Haralson probably did what was in the best interest for Sarah.
REALLY? HER BEST INTEREST? To the little girl, her mother is practically her entire world, Sarah has been with Lisa since birth, and plucking Sarah away from her mother to live with her estranged pedophilic father and her equally perverted half brother is in her best interest?
Remember how Jodi said that while the judge was deliberating, she heard laughter coming from the room? This is what I think happened; the judge and Pedo Nicho’s attorney probably decided to make the girl stay with the child-rapist for funsies to see what would happen. They most likely bet on the outcome.