Custody awarded to dad who used meth, slept with underage girls
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – Child Protective Services had custody of a baby boy awarded to a 23-year-old father who admitted in court documents that he used methamphetamines and slept with underage girls, photos of which exist but were never brought before Judge Greg Wilhelm.
In more than 1,000 court documents obtained by The Ellis County Press, CPS bases their case against mother Natasha Bryant on a wide range of reasons for the custody change.
Her son was born premature and counseled by Children’s Medical Center of Dallas into joining a social services network, but Bryant said she later found that it was directed by CPS case workers.
This editor walked into the Ellis County CPS office Monday to obtain comments from the case workers, but a front desk clerk said the CPS supervisor was on vacation and that the case worker was not in the office (her car was later photographed in the parking lot.)
In more documents and testimony in subsequent hearings, CPS admonished Bryant for not providing Similac baby formula for her son; she instead used a generic brand of baby formula.
The 23-year-old father, Adam Roybal of Waxahachie, is being represented by Ron Wilkinson, who also serves as the mayor of Waxahachie; Bryant could not afford a lawyer and was instead appointed Tom Smalley, who she says will not bring forth the drug use and photo evidence of the underage girls; in a later hearing, Wilhelm and representatives with Court Appointed Special Advocates recommended custody be awarded to Bryant’s family friend.
"CPS is ruining my [life] and my children’s lives," Bryant said, who has a 7-year-old daughter and is expecting another child. "My daughter cries herself to sleep almost every night over all this. How do you explain to a 7-year-old that has only known love and happiness from her mother that she can’t go home with her now?"
Roybal, who alleged this editor of being drunk and high with Bryant and her friends, could not be reached for comment on this story. [full disclosure: this news editor lived in the same apartment complex as Roybal and Bryant last year]
"They have separated my children and have not allowed them contact with each other for almost three weeks," Bryant said, who hasn’t seen her son in over a month despite Wilhelm’s rulings that stipulate visitation rights. Bryant also said a planned visitation was later cancelled by a CPS caseworker.
"They awarded my son to Adam even though he has a criminal record, admitted drug and alcohol abuse and there is proof he has slept with underage girls and has never had contact with my son before CPS got involved," she said. "I am a good mother and I have always made sure that my children’s needs were being met. My husband and I live in a nice clean home where the kids have lots of toys and room to play, tons of clothes and more than enough to eat.
"CPS has never produced a shred of evidence that proves me unfit or neglectful."
CPS has since subpoenaed records from Bryant’s doctors, every hospital she visited and other sources, according to an examination of court records.
"I miss my babies and I pray for them every night, especially my 10-month-old [son]," she said, "that CPS seems seen to fit to place with a drug-abusing [expletive] that is a stranger to my son. I plan on fighting this with every ounce of my being as long as there is breath in my body."