CPS worker known only as “Mike” (middle) watched warrantless arrest and seizure of Deanna Jo Robinson’s son, Levi, 18 months old
Quinlan, TX – As internal affairs investigators, FBI agents and local government officials scramble to contain the facts, a picture of a courageous woman who fought to protect her child from an illegal seizure made by Child Protective Services workers without valid court papers is beginning to emerge.
Deanna Jo Robinson, 38, an Iraq War veteran of the Air Force, met CPS workers and lawmen at the front door of her parents’ home in this rural community outside the bustling east Texas county seat of Greenville.
They said they were there to take custody of her son, Levi, 18 months old, and had a court order authorizing his seizure due to an investigation of possible neglect and/or abuse of the child. She asked to see it, and, according to a friend of one of the CPS workers, a man he knows only as Mike, who works out with him daily at a gym located in Greenville, the CPS workers flashed a folder at her and didn’t give her a chance to read it.
The reason is simple enough, he explained. According to “Mike,” there was no court order, no writ, no warrant to show her their authority to take her son to a foster home where he and a step-son named Andric, 9, are still held without her knowledge of its location.
That’s when she tried to slam the door and two Hunt County Deputies elbowed their way into the residence, followed by a Quinlan police officer and the CPS workers.
When she struggled, according to Taylor Parrish, 25, who chatted with “Mike” about the encounter, “They decided to push her down on the floor.”
The two deputies wound up in the kitchen in a struggle with the woman while trying to put handcuffs on her. They eventually arrested her for assault of a public servant, interfering with an official duty, and resisting arrest – but only after Deputy Joshua Robinson beat her with his closed fist.
To view the video of the beating during Ms. Robinson’s arrest, click here: https://youtu.be/eJuKlQF0meg
She was 38 weeks and 6 days into her pregnancy on March 4, when the arrest took place. Six days later, she gave birth to another boy baby named Levi. According to a close family friend, CPS workers showed up at the hospital and took the child to her mother’s home in Quinlan, where he is still being cared for. In the seizure of that child, according to the family friend who requested anonymity, the workers had an “agreed order” from 385th District Judge Richard Beacom.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION
Deputy Jeff Haines, an internal affairs investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, took affidavits from Ms. Robinson’s parents at her lawyer’s office. An FBI agent appeared to obtain a laptop computer and the files of the video made by a motion-sensitive security camera that Ms. Robinson’s father, James Robinson, an elderly former city fireman, had fairly “forgotten about.”
In trying to place the video file in a Dropbox location with limited capacity on his computer, Mr. Robinson inadvertently cut off the beginning of the video depicting the encounter as lawmen and CPS workers entered the room, as well as the ending of the video showing her actual arrest after Deputy Robinson beat her with his fist, according to the close family friend.
“He said he wants to get a clean copy of that video off the computer, one that has not been molested,” said the family friend. “He said he can carry it back to a lab at the FBI office and work with it there. I kept trying to tell him, the file is already molested,” said the family friend.
SHERIFF’S ALLEGATIONS TO MEDIA
Greenville and greater Hunt County is abuzz with excitement about statements Sheriff Randy Meeks made to media representatives alleging his belief that Ms. Robinson may have tried to grab Deputy Robinson’s handgun.
Critical thinkers are equally adamant that is highly unlikely because she was bent over the counter, and in any case, Deputy Robinson is right-handed, the hand he used as a fist to beat Ms. Robinson in dealing with her resistance.
One may listen to an audio recording of an interview with Taylor Parrish about what the CPS worker he knows as Mike told him: