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Sailor Dad Ordered To Be In Court For Custody Hearing – Judge Doesn’t Care That He Is On A Submarine [Video]

A Michigan judge ordered that Matthew Hindes appear in court Monday for a custody hearing. The fact that this dad is a sailor currently serving in the U.S. Navy on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean is irrelevant.

Obviously he failed to appear, because he is currently in an underwater vessel beneath the largest body of water on the planet. Lenawee County Circuit Judge Margaret M.S. Noe stated, “At this point, I don’t think I have any alternative but to enter a bench warrant for his arrest,” according to the Daily Telegram.

Michigan’s Child Protective Services removed Kaylee, now age 6, from the care of her mother Angela Hindes in 2010 on charges of neglect. According to a YouTube video posted by the father’s family, Kaylee’s dad, Matthew, received a midnight call that no parent ever wants to hear. The findings were that Kaylee had been abused by her mother’s boyfriend, abuse that resulted in bruises all over Kaylee’s tiny body.

Matthew was awarded permanent custody in an October 2010 divorce judgment. He later remarried. Kaylee was the flower girl in her daddy’s wedding. Now Kaylee resides in Washington state with her step-mother, Benita-Lynn Hindes, who says she loves Kaylee and adores being her mommy.

Last August, Angela Hindes petitioned the court for a change in the custody decree. On June 2, a Pre-Trial for Change of Custody was held, in which Judge Noe ordered that Matthew Hindes be present for the next hearing scheduled last Monday, June 16.

Matthew’s attorney told the judge that he was deployed on a mission, and invoked the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a federal law that requires that there be a stay of proceedings for a minimum of 90 days in cases such as child custody cases when a servicemember is deployed. They simply need time for him to come home.

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