Jury Saved Runaway Mother From Prison When Juryless Family Court Gave Pedophile Papa Custody of Girls

Wendy Titelman wrote the book, “Let My Children Go!”

She tells the story of a corrupt jury-less family court that used parental alienation to force her children to live with their sexual abuser, their father.      

There is no jury in family court. That is the problem.

But Wendy broke the law and fled with her children – like fugitive slaves. In the end, she had only the jury to protect her.

She would have been imprisoned if it were up to the government alone. Because they wanted Wendy imprisoned, the government indicted Wendy and brought her case to an impartial jury of 12 who saw the system for what it was.

Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation custody cases in family courts go like this:

  1. Children disclose details of their father’s abuse.
  2. Mothers – with no history of abusive or neglectful behavior – report the alleged abuse to authorities.
  3. Evidence of abuse is presented and substantiated.
  4. The children are removed from the mother’s custody and placed with the father, the alleged abuser.

Shut Up About Abuse

The jury-less family court system has gotten so bad that lawyers tell mothers whose children are abused: “You must never mention the word abuse, whether the children are abused or not, because if you do, you will never see your children again.”

Two Girls Disclose Abuse

Amanda and Jessica said their father, Andrew Titelman, molested them. 

They told Lynn Brentnall, Ph.D., who reported the alleged abuse to the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFACS).

Amanda told her pediatrician, Dr. Stephen King, that her father was rubbing her in the vaginal area. He also reported the alleged abuse to DFACS.

DFACS Social Worker Julie Hall interviewed and taped Amanda disclosing that her father abused her.

Diane Pearce, Ph.D., reported to DFACS that the children told her their father dressed up like a girl with a wig, dress, nail polish, and makeup. Amanda told her, “Daddy’s bottom looks like he has a dragon’s tail in the front.”

DFACS Social Worker Martin Inman interviewed the children. They disclosed their father dressed up like a girl in a purple dress and makeup. Inman met Andrew at home and saw no evidence of a purple dress anywhere. If there was no purple dress, she concluded there was no abuse.

He dismissed the claims.

Attorney J. Diane Woods

Attorney J. Diane Woods was the court-appointed guardian ad litem [GAL] for Amanda and Jessica in the divorce and custody case. She knew parental alienation when she smelled it. It had the smell of fresh-earned money.

Court-appointed psychologist, H. Elizabeth King, Ph.D., said there was no abuse of Amanda and Jessica. It was “Parental Alienation Syndrome” and “False Memory.”

She and the GAL recommended the father get custody of the children.

Judge James Bodiford

Cobb County Georgia Superior Court Judge James Bodiford agreed and gave temporary custody of the girls to Andrew in an emergency hearing. He also put Wendy on supervised visitation.

Joyce Saye, a supervisor with A-Plus Services, reported Amanda said her father “touches us wrongly.” 

Amanda told another supervisor with A-Plus, Karyn Covington, that her father “tickles me in my privates… at night – a lot.”

County Superior Court Judge Jon Bo Wood Walker presided over the final custody hearing and awarded Andrew full custody.

Wendy Titleman fought for her daughters


Fleeing the State

The abuse continued, and one day Wendy fled with the girls to Mississippi. There, they saw Donald Matherne, Ph.D.

He later testified that Amanda and Jessica pointed to the genital area on a drawing and indicated their father touched them there.

Jessica said her father touched her under her clothing when she was in bed. Amanda said her father enters her bed at night and touches her under her clothing.

She said, “He took his hand and put it under my jammies and he rubbed me on my pee-pee hole.”

Dr. Matherne asked Jessica if she shared this with anyone else. She told him she told [court-appointed therapist] Dr. King.

Both children said the court-appointed therapist changed the subject when they tried to tell her about their father’s molestation.

Arrest and Trial

Kennesaw Georgia Police Department Detective Craig Chandler sought the arrest of Wendy Titelman and secured a warrant for her arrest through the FBI under fictitious charges.

The girls were taken back to their abuser. Wendy was brought back to stand trial in Georgia.

Richard Ducote and Michael Hirsch represented Wendy.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy, III, presided.

Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Francey Hakes was the prosecutor.

It was clear Wendy broke the law. She faced five years in prison for abduction.

Hakes said, “Wendy Titelman has decided that she wants justice when she deserves none.” She compared her to Timothy McVeigh and said she was a “vigilante.”

The jury did not buy it.

Heroic Jury

 Jury foreperson Bryan Wilson wrote to the judge in the custody case, and District Attorney who charged Wendy.

Dear Honorable Judge Bodiford and Mr. Pat Head:

My name is Bryan Wilson, and I recently served as a juror on a trial (April 23-27, 2001) in the Cobb County Superior Court of Georgia.

Several members of the jury have requested that I write a letter summarizing our thoughts and concerns pertaining to the case we heard; State of Georgia v. Wendy Titelman. To understand why this case even made it to trial was a question each of us had to ask while we were deliberating on Friday.

We were perplexed as to why our State would pursue such a case so diligently when there were obvious errors in the indictment and credible reports indicating sexual and emotional abuse to two small children and the prosecution of the mother who sought to protect them from harm’s way.

We, the jury, felt that the “State of Georgia” did, in fact, neglect to protect these children and furthermore, did not have the children’s best interests at heart. It appeared they wished to cover up blatant missteps by an agency (DFACS) that appears to have made several errors in judgment…

 I sincerely hope that action can be taken to correct these situations in the future. Not only will this save the State of Georgia the expense of prosecuting such flimsy cases but will also serve to better protect the ones who need it most, the CHILDREN of our State….

The charge of “Fleeing Justice.”

Based on the evidence presented, we, the jury, were unanimous in agreeing with and supporting Ms. Titelman in her beliefs that there was probable cause to protect her children. The evidence gave strong indications the children were being sexually molested by their father.

Ms. Hakes, the Assistant Prosecutor, in her closing statements, called Ms. Titelman a “zealot” like Timothy McVeigh for wanting to take the law into her own hands and protect her children.

I believe the majority of us on the jury have children. It was also unanimous that had we felt there was reason to believe our children were being abused or neglected in any way and when seeking help, found the State (who is supposed to protect our children) unwilling to review the evidence in an unbiased light, would have reacted in similar ways. [Ed, note: This is classic jury nullification.]

“Taking the law into her own hands.”

We, the jury, saw Ms. Titelman as someone desperately trying to use the legal system in Georgia to its fullest extent to protect her children, but to no avail. Then, when discovering more evidence of abuse, was left with no choice but to apply to the State of Mississippi for help. [Ed note: Classic jury nullification.] 

Although Ms. Hakes painted Ms. Titelman as a manipulator and extremist, we felt that she was justified in using whatever means necessary to protect her children. [Ed Note: Classic jury nullification – Jury realized Wendy broke Georgia law but obeyed a higher law — protecting her children.]

Ms. Hakes said over and over during her cross-examinations, “the State of Georgia knows best how to protect its children.”

We are not so sure after sitting on the jury and seeing firsthand the types of “guardians” and “counselors” that the State of Georgia appoints to protect our most precious resources and future taxpayers. Dr. King [children’s therapist] admitted under oath the children told her they were being abused.

Why then do the children remain in the custody of the accused when the State does not appear to have proved otherwise?

“Does Not Deserve Justice!”

We, the jury, were horrified when Ms. Hakes told us in her closing statements that Ms. Titelman didn’t deserve justice.

What does that mean?

Doesn’t everyone deserve justice, and aren’t we all innocent until proven guilty?

For the Assistant Prosecutor to openly say that a citizen doesn’t deserve justice is an outrage and an insult to our justice system.

Court-appointed zealots.

The court-appointed Guardians and Counselors were not credible and did all they could not to disclose real findings or intentions.

[The GAL] Ms. Woods defied a State of Mississippi court order (within 24 hours) to protect the children from their father until additional hearings could take place and certain evidence be reviewed.

Ms. King (a supposed expert) interrogated the children for two and one-half hours without taking any notes, or tapes, etc. She then appeared to try and cover up the disclosure of the sexual abuse to the court when asked in direct questioning.

Therefore, we found that there were several disclosures [by the children] of sexual abuse but little evidence at all of recantations.

Ms. [Lorita] Whitaker [another court-appointed therapist for Amanda and Jessica] went so far as to say the children were “abducted!” This accusation further alienated the jury by displaying such blatant bias against the mother, Ms. Titelman.

“Paid Expert Witnesses.”

Ms. Hakes was very careful to point out numerous times that the defense had hired “expert” witnesses who were paid for their services. Where is this wrong? …

Ms. Hakes gets paid. The state-appointed guardians and counselors get paid, the judge and court employees get paid, so why did she feel this was such a big deal?

Ms. Hakes tried to make it a huge deal by claiming the defense had “hired guns.”

The State’s witnesses were pathetic in our opinion. They were … overtly biased. At one point, Ms. King, when asked a direct question about the children confiding to her that they had been abused by their father, turns to the judge and says, “I don’t want to answer that; they may get mad at me.”

Would the State really get “mad” if she told the truth under oath?

In conclusion, the jury collectively… agreed that the children were in all likelihood being sexually abused by their father.

Also, the custody and well-being of these minor children should be a major concern to Cobb County. A new group of unbiased experts needs to re-evaluate this case…

I feel that this jury has served justice, and that the State’s mishandling of this case has cost the taxpayers of Cobb County, Georgia a lot of money.

Regards, Bryan Wilson, Foreperson

In these excellent words of foreperson Wilson, you can glean the reason for having a jury in family court.

They did not buy the GAL’s –and the other court-appointed actors’ – bullshit. They did not have to. They did not have to worry about the next case or getting reelected or reappointed as judges do. 

Judge Bodiford was so angry at this letter that he said the jurors should lose their homes and automobiles for writing it.

Penn Case

Judge Howell tried the same tact with Edward Bushnell, the jury foreman in the William Penn [the future founder of Pennsylvania] case in England.

Bushnell voted to acquit, even though Penn broke the law – by preaching an unapproved religion – the Quaker – and gathering a group together – in violation of the law against public assembly.

Judge Howell wanted to imprison Bushnell for not voting guilty, since Penn was guilty. He did preach Quakerism.

But the people were unwilling to imprison a juror for voting his conscience, and they might have imprisoned the judge himself – and poor Judge Starling had to let Bushnell go.  And this historic jury decision established freedom of religion and freedom of assembly – and made it clear that a jury cannot be punished for its verdict.

It changed the history of the world.

No, they don’t teach this in school anymore, but the jury, which gave us so many freedoms that the founders called the jury “the palladium of liberty.”

Jury-less is Justice-less

Now, somehow, the nation set up jury-less family courts in an unconstitutional way.

Wendy Titelman defied the jury-less family court and fled with her kids to another state to save them from a father who molested them.

The State would have kept them with the father, and had there been no jury, Wendy would have gone to jail for years.

So here is why Jefferson said the jury is more important than voting – the only anchor to hold a government to the principles of its constitution. 

There are good and bad laws, and time gives a perspective that only some see when the laws are first made. But in a constitutional republic, only a unanimous jury can imprison anyone. 

If we keep juries out of family court and allow judges to decide what happens to kids – judges who are cozy with lawyers and friendly with therapists and others who make money off kids’ suffering – there will be an endless train of grief for kids while mercenaries profit.

But let the people, like Edward Bushnell or Bryan Wilson, get in and Wendy Titelman will go free. The father won’t wear his purple dress with his dragon tail waving, and the GAL won’t rake in money for herself and all the therapists she cozies with.

Though the government ignored – and even condoned – sexual abuse in the Titleman case, it didn’t sit right with the 12, the glorious 12 – one for each hour of the day, each month of the year, and each sign in the heavens – who as the founders knew are there to protect our own freedom – for they are us – the jury.



About the author

Frank Parlato


Click here to post a comment

  • I’m hoping Wendy is okay.

    The final financial blow is usually the blow that destroys every mom in these most horrible cases.

  • I know a woman in Massachusetts whose kids are getting unsupervised “parenting time” with a molester and his “roommate” even though multiple sources confirmed the abuse happened (like DCF and other Therapists). Sometimes I wonder if she should flee and risk jail to save them. Sometimes I wonder if I should go on a hunger strike to try to bring attention to it. It’s pathetic what people are forced to do to save their kids, when the Judge could just do their job and everyone could go on with their lives.

    • Abuse. Funded by the government. Derelict daddies gaining access all over the country. Funding over the best interest of children.

    • Many judges are pedophiles themselves. Like priesthood, law is a profession where child-molesters can access to children to have sex with them. Judges all need to monitored closely and never be left alone with children.

  • Federally funded fatherhood initiative. Maternal gatekeeping. Refers to a protective MOTHERS protective belief about how much and wether a father should be involved in their children’s lives. ( Gender specific) Maternal gatekeeping occurs regardless of wether parents are married, divorced, and regardless of parents satisfaction with the relationship between them. ( All women are doing this) it can be a problem when the relationship between them is not a good one. Maternal gatekeeping: what she says in front of the children about you. ( Apparently it’s the ok for the father’s to say whatever) wether or not she includes and updates dad on health, school, athletics, ( art and music ect are not important. Non masculine activities) religion and social life. Apparently it’s not the father’s responsibility to go on line or call for themselves when they are able) . The extent to which she knows what is best for their children and the correct way to do things while dad doesn’t. . Gatekeeping might take a long time for the mother to reduce. Especially if it’s lasted a long time. And the father has said and done things to give good reason to engage in gatekeeping. ( Protecting their children from harm. ) But the facts remain that the is in the best interest of children for them to be involved. Provided he is safe non violent person.( Emotional abuse is ok). It never to late to help fathers understand ( using parental alienation in court) to work towards being the best dad. Despite maternal gatekeeping ( get rid of the mother protecting her children) and other difficult circumstances ( paying child support) . If anyone wants to see bias. Look no further than the labeling of mothers in the federally funded fatherhood initiative. The gateway into the whole parental alienation and eliminate of mothers in the lives of their children. For simply trying to have a voice into the wellbeing of their children. The profiling and painting of women as malicious alienators for simply going to court asking the courts to protect their children.

    • Parental alienation and child custody June 10, 2019. Lynda Munro vested financial interest in reunification camp in Massachusetts. Campbell D. Barrett lisncesd in Connecticut and New York. Bruce Freeman a Connecticut family court favorite making money 💰. Off the court system. Sue A Cousineau. GAL board of directors AFCC Connecticut chapter. An offering to guided education and sample of purposed orders for mother alienatiors. Samples directed towards mother’s. With mention of personality disorders in education. Complete with cases from Connecticut and New York. Federally funded fatherhood initiative material gatekeeper becoming a problem when the relationship is not good. There is billions of dollars of funding supporting a narrative. Gender profiling mothers. There is a significant amount of bias being created against women in the United States. A good look into the state of Connecticut the first state to institute the fatherhood initiative. May lead to the on going bias and problems women are experiencing. The judiciary committee members as well aware of the gender bias laws and agreements. The federal funding coming in to their state. So be sure to include them in an investigation into family court. Hopefully there is going to be one some day. The future generations are depending on it.

    • Maternal gatekeeping. Melissa Byers. Chief of Marketing for the fatherhood initiative. Marketing parental alienation through the federally funded fatherhood initiative. Using billions of dollars of funding in the United States to gender profile mothers .

  • Judges know better than juries. They know the law. Titlman broke the law. She should be in prison

  • I think that is what most of us agree. A jury is needed. Abuse of any kind is a criminal matter. Take DV out of family court.

  • This story has holes the size of Swiss cheese. It looks like mom never got custody. The daughters are adults now. I wonder what they would have to say? Anyone know if those daughters have their mom in their lives today? Or dad?

    Looks like Riordan is headed for lockup per circus blog, if she’s not already in jail.

    • I think it is far more likely that the reverse will occur. The kids left of their own accord – all three children left the loving arms of their father and went to the safe haven of their mother.

      I think Chris would be wise to stop hunting down his teenage children who do not wish to live with him.

      • I think I heard a wise woman in Connecticut told the police that the run away were safe. Their time would be better spent at the donut 🍩 shop . Not cuffing and stuffing an innocent mother.

    • It seems you’re missing the point.

      You seem focused on the legal custody which is paid for by abusers and usually never returned to the protective parent.

      It’s part of the racket. The custody is paid for. Even if kids protest or live with protective parent again, the purchased decision is honored by the court criminals.

      Since abusive fathers see children as objects… as having “ownership” of them, the legal custody makes them feel powerful and dominant. They believe they are in control when in reality, it’s a piece of paper that is meaningless when kids don’t love their abuser.

      • This is becoming obvious. Much damage has been done with the labeling of birth person. Many references to fathers and their families. No mention of mothers. The country is really headed towards the oppression of women and removing their rights. Women are quickly being labeled as objects and property. Easily disgarded and the rights to ownership of the children by men. Single mother and single woman are devalued in the United States.The hand maiden tale is quickly turning into non fiction.

  • Wow! I’m so grateful that the FR is sharing these horrific stories. We are all outraged that this child predator was protected and NOT the CHILDREN! We need those dirty divorce attorneys to start having some morals. They need to be held accountable or this will never change.

    • This article is the fifth chapter of the new TrineDay book “Epidemic: America’s Trade in Child Rape,” by Lori Handrahan, PhD. published October 9, 2017. Dr. Handrahan is another good mother who lost her child to an identified perpetrator when she tried to protect her child in a family court case in Maine.

      Why can’t anyone fix family courts? Here’s a clue: The Sound of Freedom film was released in theaters July 4, 2023. Mainstream news outlets condemned the filmmakers, telling the public: Don’t bother seeing it. It’s Q Anon conspiracy.

      It’s the same way some judges, attorneys and evaluators ignore the same crimes against children in family courts.


    • Immunity of GALs, custody evaluators and all court appointed persons must end.

      They are given ultimate power abs zero accountability.

      They are rendering decisions the judge accepts as verdicts without any worry of being disbarred or sued.

      It’s a racket!! Designed that way for said purpose. And it’s secreted from public view. No juries. No cameras. No court monitors. Intentional.

  • “… Tex. Fam. Code Section 105.002

    (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a party may demand a jury trial.

    (b) A party may not demand a jury trial in:

    (1) a suit in which adoption is sought, including a trial on the issue of denial or revocation of consent to the adoption by the managing conservator; or
    (2) a suit to adjudicate parentage under Chapter 160 (Uniform Parentage Act).

    (c) In a jury trial:

    (1) a party is entitled to a verdict by the jury and the court may not contravene a jury verdict on the issues of:
    (A) the appointment of a sole managing conservator;
    (B) the appointment of joint managing conservators;
    (C) the appointment of a possessory conservator;
    (D) the determination of which joint managing conservator has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child;
    (E) the determination of whether to impose a restriction on the geographic area in which a sole managing conservator or joint managing conservator may designate the child’s primary residence; and
    (F) if a restriction described by Paragraph (E) is imposed, the determination of the geographic area within which the sole managing conservator or joint managing conservator must designate the child’s primary residence; and

    (2) the court may not submit to the jury questions on the issues of:
    (A) support under Chapter 154 (Child Support) or Chapter 159 (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act);
    (B) a specific term or condition of possession of or access to the child; or
    (C) any right or duty of a conservator, other than a determination under Subdivision (1)(D), (E), or (F). …”


  • Child sex-trafficking in U.S. Family Court is more common than previously believed. Children are auctioned off to the highest bidder, AKA who ever spends the most money on experts. We need to END qualified immunity for judges, full stop.

  • From the book, “Let My Children Go!” …

    “… J. Diane Woods – Attorney and court appointed guardian ad litem. Her duty was to represent the interests of Amanda and Jessica in the custody case. She convinced Judge Bodiford and Judge Wood to ignore the abundant evidence of the girls’ sexual abuse by Andrew Titelman, and to put the children in his custody. She has deliberately covered up the children’s sexual abuse to protect herself from accountability for her actions. She has now admitted under oath in a deposition that she has no expertise in child sexual abuse and never spoke to the girls about the abuse allegations. Billed approximately $22,000 for her “services” and seized Wendy Titelman’s interest in her home. Urged Judge Bodiford to bar all contact between the children and their mother, and their mother’s relatives. In Wendy Titelman’s criminal trial she was exposed as incompetent and a liar. Strongly criticized by the criminal jury in their letter to Patrick Head and Judge Bodiford. Refused to sue Richard Ducote over his letter accusing her of the deliberate cover-up. She is a defendant in the federal malicious prosecution lawsuit. Ms. Woods bears more responsibility than any other individual for the destruction of Amanda and Jessica. She is now attempting to get Georgia law changed so that she cannot be later sued by Amanda and Jessica. …”

  • “ So here is why Jefferson said the jury is more important than voting – the only anchor to hold a government to the principles of its constitution.”

    It follows that family courts throughout America are violating a parents constitutional rights. The 14th amendment/ including the right to bring up our children- is being violated daily in unjust court orders-

    Judges are blatantly violating our rights and the rights of our children because there are no juries.

    The government does not have to hold itself to the principles of the constitution because NO one is forcing them to do so. No oversight. No checks and balances in family court.

    Tyranny rules all the way to the bank.

    • It is. We need to inform the public of the crime syndicate that’s taken over our country and is destroying our families.

      Children are being subjected to trauma and abuse and it it known. It’s done for money to protect the abuser.

  • Thank God these jurors were educated in jury nullification or this woman would be in prison and girls used as sex toys.

    • Girls stayed with dad, I believe. Mom didn’t go to jail but she was legally barred from all contact with her daughters after that

      • The “father” also then bankrupted the children’s mother with his lawfare against her. He took her children from her and he took all she owned — like so many “fathers” are allowed to do in American “family courts”.

  • Many thanks to Bryan Williams and that jury- for taking the time to advocate for Justice and expose what so many have experienced in family court.

    Thank FR for continued coverage of what is destroying children abd families under the guise of Justice.

  • “And each sign in the heavens – who as the founders knew are there to protect our own freedom – for they are us — the jury”

    Bring juries to family court.
    They will protect child and the criminalization of parents will stop.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

IMDb — Frank Parlato

Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankparlato@gmail.com


Discover more from Frank Report

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue Reading