One would think when you get your ass handed to you in court, you'd go lick your wounded ego, shut up and just fade into the woodwork. This concept is apparently lost on Kim and David Hodgin, who have taken their story national in their efforts to further spread their sob story and further demonize the father of the child they try to unrightfully call theirs.
National news chains have picked up on the story now, flaunting the clearly slanted tale as truth, misinforming millions. Headlines boldly call the foster parents adoptive parents, refer to S as their daughter. Comparing the Hodgin's home to the home she now resides in with her father, implying that their larger home, property and income make them the fitter parents. Implying that her father is unfit simply because he has served time. Not for a violent crime either. By the logic the media outlets have put out, anyone who spent time in jail should have their kids taken and placed with a couple who has more money and things.
Here is the thing: JM never lost custody to DCS due to neglect or abuse. He allowed a family friend to take the child to another state and from there, a series of events took place that landed S as a ward of TN state. The Hodgins were never licensed foster parents until they got S. And they only got licensed so they could keep her. They used connections through the courts and the police to hold onto the child even as the father and his family fought to get her returned.
Yes, they did at one point adopt S. They circumvented DCS and attempted a private adoption against DCS's recommendations. They attempted to adopt a child that was NOT legally free for adoption. The judge who finalized that adoption was a friend of theirs. This adoption was later vacated barely a year later. Legally, it was like it never happened. They tried several times to terminate the father's parental rights during this fight and each time was shot down.
Some Hodgin supporters are claiming no other family had come forward or were deemed a suitable placement, but fail to mention that S's paternal grandmother had been deemed a suitable placement option and was fighting for S to be placed in her care. The Hodgins fought against this and held up the various reunification hearings and custody transfers with appeals and whatever else they could to keep grandma away. S's grandmother even went to TN to retrieve S and was stonewalled by the Hodgins through frivolous appeals and court hearings.
They lied to S and told her she was abandoned. They never told her that her family had been fighting her entire life to have her brought back home.
When the adoption was vacated several years ago, the Hodgin's status reverted back to that of FOSTER PARENTS and DCS began the process of reunification. The Hodgins were cited as being uncooperative by DCS, refusing to prepare her for the transition home or arrange counseling/therapy sessions that would prepare her for her return to her family.
In their most recent court hearing, the judge ruled S remain with her father until this is final and sorted. Lawyers for DCS pointed out the deranged behavior of the Hodgins and their supporters. They made their point very clear: if for any reason S is removed from her father's care, she will NOT ever go back to them. The Hodgin's push to have S placed back with them fell on deaf ears.
So what do sore losers do? Go to the media chains, give a one sided story to biased journalists and have an entire nation believe they had adopted a little girl through foster care because her daddy was in jail only to have her taken from them and placed with her father upon his release. They fail to mention the fact that the adoption took place years ago and was annulled just as quick. Fail to mention that DCS themselves fought against their attempt to adopt S. Fail to mention that they were circumventing DCS's reunification plan and attempting to use private adoption laws. Fail to mention that the father had been fighting to get his daughter back BEFORE his incarceration. Fail to mention that S's paternal grandmother had also fought for placement during father's incarceration (and had been approved and given the green light to take her).
What else do sore losers do? Lie. They have changed their story numerous times regarding the night DCS forced them to finally hand S over. In their media blitz, they claimed they packed three duffel bags and were given a mere moment's notice. In other versions, they claim they only got a few hours. Sometimes only five minutes. Depends on who is asking, I suppose. The issue is not the time, but the fact that they refused to comply with the orders handed down by DCS and the courts and everyone got fed up with the bullshit and said "Have her here NOW." They made a huge scene the night they had to give her to the social workers and no doubt filled the child's head with lies in an effort to scare her and traumatize her. They recorded a phone call between them and S mere days after leaving the Hodgin's home and this call has been aired nationwide in the foster parents' continued efforts to sway public opinion and paint the father in a bad light. Interestingly enough, many believe this phone call with S was coached. A disgusting and poorly put together plan that prompted DCS to bar further contact.
The Hodgins didn't do all of this alone, though. They have Trio Solutions, Munday, Sykes, and numerous others at their beck and call. Trio is most likely the ones responsible for the one sided information being given to the media outlets and their minions have flooded the message boards, feeding more and more into the misinformation being spread. I think the Veronica case got Trio, Munday and the minions too confident. Too cocky. It's going to be epic when this is over. S, her father and family can move on from this nightmare and maybe the Hodgins, Trio, Munday and the minions will all go down in flames. Their actions have endangered the welfare and safety of a child who is still technically a ward of the state. Sweet justice will be seeing the Hodgins, Trio and everyone else directly involved with helping them nailed with a lawsuit that bankrupts them.