UPDATE: FOLLOW-ON PROTEST PLANNED AT DCF HEADQUARTERS – 500 Main St. HYANNIS, MA THIS THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016 from 8 until 12 NOON.
Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Siblings, Neighbors, Friends, EVERYONE Urged to Attend and Bring Own Signs
By Lonnie Brennan
HYANNIS, MA – In a case with certain similarities to the infamous Justina Pelletier kidnapping by the Mass. Department of Children and Families (DCF), Brooke Mueller (14) and her sister Summer Mueller (11) were recently “grabbed” out of school by DCF – taken away from their grandparents, because their mother refused to force the children to visit with their father, who was recently sentenced to one-year of probation for assaulting the youngest child in the Fall of 2015.
This past week, Brooke and Summer’s mother, Ginamarie Tolentio, after months and months of getting nowhere with DCF officials, and now unsure where her daughters are being held, organized a standout protest on Main Street Hyannis, where she was joined by friends and family members and other mothers who charged that over-reaching, often lying DCF officials had taken their child, resulting in harm to each child.
The protest swelled at times, with strangers coming up to Ginamarie and explaining similar situations with DCF. After several hours of similar stories, a pattern of DCF over-reach, often resulting in harm to children, emerged.
WXTK longtime morning talk show host Ed Lambert had Ginamarie on his vastly popular Cape Cod radio program where she explained the taking of her children and their placement in various foster homes, and how in her last conversation with them, the call ended abruptly with the children screaming to be released, begging their mother for help, before the line went dead. Ginamarie filed a complaint with DCF officials and was told the children were subsequently moved away from that foster home, but she has been given no details on what occurred, and DCF has refused to tell her where the children are now, and refused to let her communicate with the children.
Protesters against DCF gather on Main St. Hyannis, MA – as Brook and Summer remain separated from their mother
Mr. Lambert visited with mothers at the protest, and invited three of them. including Ginamarie, to join him in his nearby radio studio the following morning to share their side of the DCF story.
The radio station’s phone lines apparently ignited, as caller after caller related horror stories with DCF. Mr. Lambert carried over the mothers into segment after segment in what at times was an extremely emotional broadcast.
Here’s an excerpt from one general discussion portion of the broadcast:
ED: So she [DCF official] was lying to you?
ED: Either that, or your daughters were lying to her?
Ginamaire: No, as a matter of fact, my daughter was able to smuggle a note to me before the end of school, and she wrote in there that DCF has been lying to them [Brooke and Summer], she’s caught them in lies. And she wants out of there. She can’t trust anybody. Neither one of them [the DCF workers].
A portion of the letter is shown below:
In another segment:
Ginamarie: The theme that I’m seeing is: the parent, or parents if it’s grandparents that seem to be doing the right thing, the kids are taken away from them and being put in a household or in a situation that’s not healthy for them. That’s the theme that I’m seeing.
ED: I don’t get that.
Ginamarie: I don’t either.
ED: If the grandparents are good, and your parents are good and the kids are – why the hell would they take them from your father, a dentist, well known in the community, a great house in East Falmouth. Why would they take them from your folks’ place, and throw them down to Fall River? What the hell is up with that!
The podcasts of his broadcast are available at the WXTK 95 website. They’ve posted 8 separate segments for online listening. (Caution, some contain extremely blunt, graphic descriptions of the horrors of DCF custody, apparent lies, brainwashing, alienation, sexual abuse, and suicide in some of the cases discussed on the show.)
After hearing story after story from callers, including one of the suicide of a child under DCF internment, Mr. Lambert shared several e-mails from his audience, including one that said “Ed, today’s show is brutal to listen to. Never mind what these courageous women” he began, apprently chocking back emotions, before continuing, “and callers have gone through, shame on the State, along with the DCF.”
After the break, Mr. Lambert discussed the taking of the children by DCF with Dr. Tolentino who related his story.
“I put a uniform on for this Country,” Dr. Tolentino related, “I served my time with the Marine Corps – I was naval officer with the Marine Corps – but I never thought I would be defending this sort of a system where children are grabbed from a family, break up a family, break up a happy family, and punish those kids. And talking to those people down there [at DCF] is like talking to a zombie.”
WXTK ED LAMBERT AUDIO LINKS:
- We’ve liked together a few of the segments dealing mostly with Brook and Summer in a short clip available by CLICKING HERE.
- Listen to the entire broadcast in 8 segments by CLICKING HERE to go to the WXTK website.
“My kids are being silenced,” the mother told The Boston Broadside. “They [DCF] don’t want the truth getting out. They won’t even let my parents, their grandparents, speak with them. We have no idea where they are, how they are, what they have been through. I just want to talk to my daughters and know they are alright. Are they eating? Are they going to church? Are they being taken care of? Where are they?” the mother pleaded.
Portions of a letter written by Brooke
The children were living with their grandparents Anthony and Stella Tolentino of East Falmouth at the time of the recent taking by DCF.
Dr. Tolentino and his wife had filed to become foster parents several months ago, after DCF gave the children a choice: return to your father, or enter a foster home. The children refused to return to the father and were scooped out of court and placed in a foster home with strangers for three days while the grandparents scrambled to return from Florida and file with the courts to get temporary custody of the children. That custody ended without notice when DCF officials “grabbed” the children from school, and then notified the grandparents of the taking.
DCF charged the grandparents with alienating the children from their father. In a written response to DCF, Dr. Tolentino replied in part “We do support reunification of the family but we are also concerned with the physical well-being of the children. We support the reunification if and when the Father is clean and sober and is undergoing counseling for anger management. Keep in mind that the Father is presently on probation for his last assault on the children.”
“This is wrong,” Dr. Tolentino explained. “They have a loving family. They’re intelligent beautiful girls. This was the end of the school year and they were just grabbed,” he said as he explained the actions of DCF (see related story, July 1 edition, The Boston Broadside). “The DCF case worker, Brian Gordon, he called us and told me that they [DCF] grabbed the kids. That’s his word – grabbed,” Dr. Anthony Tolentino, told The Boston Broadside.
Brook and Summer’s grandfather Dr. Anthony Tolentino explains the taking of the children by DCF officials who told him they “grabbed” the kids.
Children’s grandmother Stella Tolentino listens as husband explains the phone call, and how DCF insisted they clean out all personal belongings and stuff the children’s clothes and other items into bags for DCF confiscation.
Portion of letter from Brook Mueller
The mother, Ginnamarie Tolentio, divorced from Kurt Mueller in 2009 – and the pair has continued to be embroiled in a 7-year custody battle roller-coaster over the children. In a letter dated March 15, 2016, Brooke wrote in part “Basically, my father has been abusing us, me and my sister, not just physically but mentally, and we stopped going there.”
Portion of letter from Brooke Mueller – March 15, 2016
Boston-based 680 AM WRKO talk show host Jeffrey T. Kuhner showcased this latest DCF case on his tremendously popular “Kuhner Report” program aired daily from 12-3 PM.
Kuhner was at the forefront of the Justina Pelletier case (MAY 2014), at one point holding an unprecedented rally in front of the State House which drew in thousands of protesters against DCF and then Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick. Justina was held by DCF for 18 months while they neglected her physically and mentally, subjecting her to a series of psychological batteries, and finally resulting in the deterioration of the teen – going from a happy ice-skater pre-DCF, to a wheelchair-bound girl, and multiple surgeries due to medical neglect. She was finally released after the family went public, and local, statewide, and even national attention was placed on DCF for their erroneous methods…we’ve re-posted a few of the stories on our archives pages, and included a gallery of photos below from Mr. Kuhner’s rally:
He went on to discuss the case, and had Ginamarie address questions.
“There is a huge development, it’s red hot, it’s breaking just as I speak, and just like Justina Pelletier, I predict that this is going to go everywhere. It’s going to go national, and again, it involves DCF.”
“And before I get into the actual story itself, which is mindboggling, it’s it’s, you cannot believe we’re living in the United States of America – something is rotten in Massachusetts, something is rotten at DCF. Profoundly rotten.
The link to his first segment is here: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO JEFF KUHNER‘s OPENING MONOLOGUE.
We’ll add further links for other segments over time, as well as more court documents and letters.
End of Last Note from Brook Mueller to her mother, smuggled by a classmate before the end of school.
WHERE FROM HERE?
The mother has not been allowed to speak to the children for several weeks. DCF has denied her any opportunity to speak with the children, and have scheduled a July 8 court date in conjunction with the father, Kurt Mueller, on a motion to suppress any letters and testimony by the children in the upcoming July 14th custody trial at which the father is seeking full custody of the children.
While the mother will have had no contact with her girls for more than six weeks, it is believed the father and others have not been denied access. We are awaiting documented confirmation.
IF YOU KNOW WHERE THE
CHILDREN ARE BEING HELD HOSTAGE PLEASE CONTACT THE BROADSIDE: 978-352-6800!
WE WANT TO KNOW IF THEY ARE ALIVE. AS SO MANY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED OR MURDERED OR ALLOWED TO PHYSICALLY DETERIORATE AND REQUIRE EXTENSIVE OPERATIONS WHILE UNDER DCF CARE.
WE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE CHILDREN. CALL US PLEASE. WE PROMISE ANONYMITY. IF WE DON’T PICK UP THE MAIN NUMBER, LEAVE A TIME TO CALL OR WE WILL SET THE CALL TO RING FORWARD AFTER HOURS SO THAT WE CAN PICKUP THE PHONE AND YOU CAN SPEAK TO A LIVE PERSON AT NIGHT!