Mom Who Lost Custody of Daughter to Sex Offender Should Just Kidnap Her

convicted sex offender Nicholas ElizondoUnder normal circumstances, divorced parents should have to share custody with one another. It's what's best for the kids. But when a judge awards sole custody of a 6-year-old girl to a convicted sex offender, a man who went to prison for molesting a (different) 6-year-old girl, all bets are off.

I think I'd run far, far, far away (with my child, of course).

I wouldn't blame Lisa Knight, a mom whose ex-husband (and registered sex offender), Nicholas Elizondo, just took her to court over visitation with their 6-year-old daughter, if she did the same.

Elizondo, who lives in California, challenged Knight in an Oklahoma court recently, claiming she wasn't granting him his visits with the girl. The judge took his side.

And I'm not talking about forcing the visitation. The Oklahoma City judge (Knight and the little girl have resided in Oklahoma since the couple divorced in 2008 when she was pregnant) gave Elizondo full custody, despite the fact that a quick search of the California sex offender registry pulls up his name and lists a conviction for "lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age," despite the fact that Elizondo was convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old stepdaughter back in the '90s.

FULL custody!

Of a child.

To a convicted pedophile!

Yeah, yeah, Dad served his time and he is the 6-year-old's biological father. But whose rights are more important here? Dad's or the little girl's?

Isn't that the point of custody hearings? To decide what is in a child's best interest?

It can't be "what's good for a child" to let a sex offender who is known to have hurt children take them home. That's the point of registries of these creeps; to let us know who shouldn't be around our kids so we can keep them apart.

Even putting a guy like this alone in the room with a 6-year-old girl is risking that child's well-being. If you were a mother who hired a sex offender to babysit your kid, you'd likely be looking at child endangerment charges (or worse).

So what's a mom to do when a sex offender gets custody?

Again, I'll admit it. I'd run. I'd take my child, and I'd skip town and never, ever come back.

I'd do anything to keep my child from a sex offender, even if that sex offender is her own father.

Because my child's right to be protected is more important than his to be a father.

What would you do if you were this mother? Would you follow the court's orders?


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LostS... LostSoul88

I think she needs to fight it again, I'm sure the judges ruling can be over turned after showing is a child perv. Or there is much more to the story and it was proven that she is a worse parent then he is. Judges just don't hand over sle custody just like that. He must have provided something showing that she is the more unstable parent. If not then she can easily get the ruling over turned. 

Sarah... SarahHall58

Unstable or not. Granting full custody of a child to a sex offender is asking for serious trouble.

mande... manderspanders

Why did she have a kid with a sex offender to begin with??

butte... buttercup627

You should reread the original article. The mother and her lawyer tried to get her ex husband's son in trouble by making a false claim. I don't really blaim the judge for wanting to remove a child from a mother that would push them into making serious false allegations against their half brother in order to get the mother what they want. I wonder if the mother has been influencing the daughter in other ways, I know a lot of judges take Parent Alienation Syndrome seriously, expecially now a day.  

During a court hearing in Oklahoma City regarding visitation, the victim, who authorities say was molested by Elizondo, testified that she was never molested

Knight and her attorney, Valerie Williford of Oklahoma City, said it appears Judge Haralson retaliated against Knight for fabricating a story recently in order to keep her daughter from being awarded to Elizondo.

Elizondo and his 19-year-old son Joseph traveled to Oklahoma to visit the 6-year-old. Knight said her 6-year-old daughter was staying with them at a motel, and that during this time the daughter reported to her that the son had inappropriately touched her in a private area. Knight then reported the incident to authorities.

"There's no mind that it happened," said Williford, attorney for Knight. "However, Judge Haralson said that my client completely fabricated that story and basically, I think, he punished her for it."

MommaH4 MommaH4

if that man hurts his daughter the JUDGE should also be charged with child abuse! WTF!? seriously. that judge should sit in jail with the creep for even putting the child in that situation!

jalaz77 jalaz77

There has to be more to the story. Is it a case where the kid was told to say "certain" things. I don't know. If he truly did these things to a child then this is sick and the judge should be disbarred. Also why on earth would this woman marry and have a child with a convicted sex offender then be upset that he got custody?! She trusted him before the divorce now all of a sudden this is a problem.

LostS... LostSoul88

Also if you read the original story, it says the "victim" he supposedly molested later said she was never molested AND he was convicted during the time a lot of cases were tossed because police were having kids lie about being molested. 

LostS... LostSoul88

The incident happened a few years after Kern County prosecutors tried and juries convicted numerous people on child sex abuse charges, known as the "Witch Hunt" trials. People were given long prison sentenced. Many of those same convictions were later tossed out after an appellate court found the accused had been wrongly convicted. The last of the wrongful conviction lawsuits was settled in March of this year.

During a court hearing in Oklahoma City regarding visitation, the victim, who authorities say was molested by Elizondo, testified that she was never molested.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Sounds like this convicted molester was the lesser of the two evils. Or he never did molest the girl.  Either way, sad situation for the little girl.

nonmember avatar blh

I agree she should take her and run, but what kind of idiot marries and has a child with a sex offender in the first place?! She's clearly and an idiot. The judge is an idiot too. Everyone in this situation is ridiculously stupid.

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