Criminals like to operate in the dark. It’s time to shine the light on injustice.
On August 30, 2016, 88-year-old Lillie was abducted. While her niece was filling out paperwork in the other room, Lillie was “taken” from a doctor’s office in Palm Coast by the emergency temporary guardian and the court-appointed attorney ad litem who have been working in tandem to put Lillie away. Now they have succeeded. It was deceptive and extreme. Since Lillie was not in any danger and there was no justifiable reason for her to “taken”, they are overstepping their authority and violating her constitutional rights. They refuse to let her 80-year-old sister and 50+ nieces and nephews know where she is or have contact with her. How is this legally possible? They claim her family “will agitate her.” What evidence do they have of that? In reality, they know that as soon as Lillie sees her sister she will want to go home. They want to keep her in lockdown.
On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Flagler County Court stripped Lillie of her last two remaining rights: the right to vote and the right to choose with whom to socialize. They did it behind closed doors and shut out her family. The only people allowed in the room were the predators — including the estranged granddaughter who has been pushing to deem Lillie totally incapacitated. She has victimized her grandmother for five years in this process and now has stripped her of her rights and dignity. Is that love? It looks more like greed and the fraudulent Elder Guardianship system has facilitated the exploitation.
It’s been 24 days and Lillie has been isolated somewhere in an institution.
We believe Lillie is in grave danger. We fear she is being psychologically coerced into a state of “learned helplessness” like a human trafficking victim and is at high risk of a heart attack or stroke given family history. What have they been doing to her? Are they sedating her? How are they legally allowed to withhold her location from her family? Read the Huffington Post article, “Is Elder Guardianship a New Form of Human Trafficking?“
In the process, Lillie’s sister, and only living sibling, had to go to the ER due to the stress. She was in the hospital three nights and could have died because her blood pressure shot up to 199 and her heart rate dropped in the 40s. With that news, the court still did not postpose the hearing the next day. Instead, they used it as an opportunity for swift execution.
Rights stripped from Lillie include the ability to make an informed decision to:
determine her residence
consent to medical treatment
seek or retain employment
manage property or make any gifts
choose with whom to socialize
personally apply for government benefits
In essence, she is now a prisoner of the temporary guardian who controls her “person and property” — a human trafficking victim being used for financial exploitation. Since they seem to be following the “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate” playbook, their next step is to begin to liquidate her assets and continue the feeding frenzy.
Watch this video. Since the court has silenced her, meet Lillie in her own voice. This was filmed July 30, 2016 — one month before she was “taken.” Does she seem mentally frail and incapable of making decisions? Does she seem totally incapacitated to you? Now, they are trying to silence me — shut me up from speaking out about this injustice. They are using that as an excuse to withhold visitation. In other words, they are retaliating for me shining a light on the injustice. Why all of the secrecy?
They work with deception, silence and isolation. We seek transparency, accountability and justice.
We are asking for a federal investigation of this case from the beginning. There has been so much wrongdoing with these last steps being the most egregious. We must push to reform the Elder Guardianship system, particularly in Florida. We must stem the rising tide to prevent a the feeding frenzy on seniors through a legal yet corrupt system. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
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Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy — Harvard Business School-trained strategist, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Human Potential Advocate/Coach, and President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. Her latest award-winning book—co-authored with her mother Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy—is Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master on her teacher/mentor 98-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch.