Operation: Bring Zephaniah Home (Active)
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May 1, 2022 Ms. Sellers has filed her federal lawsuit against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and numerous individuals responsible for the kidnapping of Zephaniah. Zephaniah turned 1 years old on May 17, 2022. He celebrated his 1st birthday in foster care, a memory Ms. Sellers will never get back. Ms. Sellers currently receives virtual visits with Zephaniah in an attempt to severe the bond they have. Judge Moss has stated that he will not return Zephaniah until Ms. Sellers completes a parenting psychological examine which has been completed since March of 2022. The Dr has yet to complete the report and continues to create barriers to reunification.
March 11, 2022 The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is currently denying Ms. Sellers visitation with Zephaniah. After stalking Ms. Sellers social media accounts, the Guardian Ad Litem, Harry Fogler III, motioned the Judge to suspend Ms. Sellers visitation with Zephaniah. Why? Because Ms. Sellers chose to go to a gun range. Something she is illegally allowed to do. The hearing for the suspension of Ms. Sellers visitation will be March 17, 2022. The time has not been determined yet by the Judge. Continue to check our social media accounts for updates.
March 3, 2022 Judge Moss continued Zephaniah's placement in foster care because he stated that even though Ms. Sellers has completed almost all task on her court ordered case plan (that she does not need), she has not "done enough" to prove Zephaniah will be safe if returned to her care. Judge Moss set the next court date for June of 2022.
March 1, 2022 Ms. Sellers Petition for Immediate Entitlement to Custody was denied by Judge Moss. Judge Moss ordered that Ms. Sellers complete a case plan before she can be reunited with Zephaniah. Ms. Sellers worked hard to ensure her case plan was completed prior to her Review Hearing. Due to delays on CPS's part, Ms. Sellers has yet to complete the parenting psychological that was ordered. The psychologist reports that Ms. Sellers may have an appointment scheduled within the next few weeks. Ms. Sellers goes back to court on March 3, 2022 at 12pm for a Review Hearing. There are no safety concerns preventing Zephaniah from coming home and the Kentucky Foster Care Review Board recommends that Zephaniah be returned home. We are calling on the community to come stand in solidarity with Ms. Sellers as she demands the immediate return of Zephaniah to her care.
Location: Jessamine County Court House
107 N Main St
Nicholasville KY 40356
On May 19, 2021 at only 2 days old, Zephaniah was taken from his mother unnecessarily by the Kentucky Child Protection System (CPS).
- On May 16, 2021, Ms. Sellers arrived at Baptist Hospital Lexington to give birth to Zephaniah.
- Ms. Sellers gave birth to Zephaniah at 5:06am on May 17, 2021 without complication.
- Ms. Sellers wanted Zephaniah to stay in her room at all times to reduce his exposure to COVID. Ms. Sellers assertiveness was mislabeled as "angry" and "overreactive" just hours after giving birth when nurses insisted that Zephaniah go to the nursery.
- A report for "risk of neglect" was made by Holly Rollins, MSW at Baptist Hospital. Ms. Rollins NEVER MET Ms. Sellers or Zephaniah prior to this malicious report being made. The report was made just hours after Zephaniah's birth.
- On May 19, 2021, Kamika Joyner, CPS Social worker, arrived at Baptist Hospital to meet with Ms. Sellers and Zephaniah. Ms. Sellers and Zephaniah were both discharged home from the hospital prior to the arrival of Kamika Joyner. When Ms. Joyner arrived, Ms. Sellers was breastfeeding Zephaniah before heading home to begin their life together. Ms. Sellers asked Ms. Joyner to leave her hospital room so she could continue her discharge plan. Ms. Joyner refused to honor Ms. Sellers request and instead, Ms. Joyner spearheaded and orchestrated the attack on Ms. Sellers and Zephaniah's life.
- Ms. Sellers was choked by hospital security and Zephaniah was ripped from Ms. Sellers hands by an officer with the Lexington Police Department.
Ms. Sellers was arrested for 2nd degree disorderly conduct and taken to jail. Zephaniah was taken to the nursery where he stayed overnight while CPS found a foster home for him to be discharged to.
Ms. Sellers has not neglected Zephaniah but yet she is forced to face another day without her child in her custody. This is NOT right. This is NOT justice. We must STOP CPS from hurting this family. Listen to this mother's story in the video below and help support this mother by contributing to support her legal defense. Keep this family in your thoughts.
Watch the Illegal Removal of Zephaniah from his mother at only 2 days old by Kentucky Child Protective Services.
Update: Zephaniah is POSITIVE FOR COVID (Aug 2, 2021)
Zephaniah was EXPOSED to COVID-19 while in the custody of Fayette County Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Zephaniah originally tested negative for COVID on July 27, 2021. The Cabinet refused to remove this vulnerable child from the foster home after a member of the home tested positive for COVID-19. On July 31, 2021, Zephaniah spiked a 102 degree fever and had to be rushed to the hospital. The Cabinet refuses to release this child from CPS custody to recover from this deadly virus with his mother. Please keep Ms. Sellers and Zephaniah in your prayers.
Ms. Sellers goes to trial to be heard on the illegal removal of her child on August 13, 2021.
Update on Operation: Bring Zephaniah Home (July 19, 2021)
On July 9, 2021, CPS filed an amended petition alleging NEW grounds for the removal of Zephaniah in May 19, 2021. This proves Kentucky CPS knows their initial petition was not sufficient when it was filed on May 19. The amended petition contains more lies and fabrications in an attempt by Kentucky CPS to cover up this injustice. On July 12, 2021 Judge Stein refused to hear Ms. Sellers motion for the reconsideration of the dismissal of the petition granting CPS custody of Zephaniah. Judge Stein stated that she was not prepared to hear Ms. Sellers motion. A new attorney represented the CPS worker in court on July 16 and a new GAL was also appointed to the case on this date. The case was set for a case management conference on July 16, 2021 in attempt to give the parties the opportunity to come to a resolution without a trial. Ms. Sellers was denied entry to this conference and a resolution was not agreed upon. Kentucky CPS made the decision to take this case to trial and ignore the truth. The adjudication hearing is set for August 13, 2021. Keep Ms. Sellers and Zephaniah in your prayers as they push forward in their pursuit of JUSTICE.
Update on Operation:
Bring Zephaniah Home (July 4, 2021)
It is time to go inside the courtroom of Judge Libby Messer, the Fayette County Family Court Judge in Lexington, Kentucky who overruled Ms. Sellers motion to dismiss the petition that continues to separate this newborn baby from his mother. What you are about to see and hear should challenge how you see the Child Protection System. Episode 2 of Operation Stop CPS's Podcast Series: The Voices of the Unheard is available now. Share Ms. Sellers story with your friends and family to help bring awareness to this PROBLEM.
Time Is Up Kentucky
Judge Messer RECUSED herself due to a potential bias that should have been disclosed from the beginning. Judge Kathy Stein is the newly appointed Judge and she has been suspended for judicial misconduct for 'jumping to gun" and not giving a mother the opportunity to heard in court. Kentucky transfer Ms. Sellers juvenile case to Jessamine County ASAP.
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