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Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

September 23rd, 2009 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

For the better part of a decade, a Queens woman portrayed herself — in the news, on her blog and in court — as the long-suffering victim of domestic violence and a devoted mother forced to kidnap her son to save him from abuse.

In fact, it was the woman herself, Jing Kelly, who was the “perpetrator of domestic violence,” who repeatedly lied on the stand and who had “a history of neglecting the child,” according to a Manhattan Family Court decision that an appellate court unanimously upheld last week.

The lengthy, very public legal battle that Kelly waged for years — in which she claimed her then-husband raped her, threatened her at gunpoint and used prostitutes — has ended with her permanently losing custody of their now 9-year-old son, Tristram.

That’s the latest on a custody battle that has raged in a Manhattan Family Court for the better part of a decade.  (Read about it here (New York Post, 9/14/09).)  In addition to Jing’s repeated and very public false claims of rape and other forms of abuse, she fled to China with Tristram for 18 months.  She was returned to this country in 2003 and jailed for kidnapping.  Jing’s husband and Tristram’s father, Craig Kelly, died of stomach cancer shortly after she kidnapped the child.  His brother Doug, Tristram’s uncle, has permanent custody of the boy who is now nine years old.

In order to put this case in some perspective, go back to this article in August of 2005 (New York Post, 8/27/05).  By that time Craig Kelly was long dead.  Notice that Jing Kelly, who has kidnapped Tristram, fled to China, returned to Canada and been imprisoned is now “Surrounded by Chinese-American leaders and women’s rights advocates…”  And notice further how respectful they are of the dead when one refers to Craig Kelly as “an abusive bastard of a husband.”

Nice.  I wonder what these people have to say now.  I even wonder why they said what they said then given that there were photos of Craig Kelly with massive bite marks on his neck and his head entirely wrapped in a gauze bandage from being struck by Jing with a lamp.

Glenn’s written before about claims of DV or sexual violence made by women in the middle of divorce cases.  Very frequently “women’s rights advocates” are there front and center with their ready-made support for the “victim,” regardless of facts.

Will Mr. John Liu, NY City Councilman, or the women’s rights advocates who were so quick to libel the good name of Craig Kelly come forward now and apologize for their shameful wrongdoing?  Or will they do as they’ve done in every similar case – either not say a word or claim that in some way, the court is wrong and they are right, despite all the evidence?

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