Mom fights to terminate father’s rights to kids, after he sexually abused toddler daughter
A year ago, Wednesday, a Bismarck man was sentenced to prison for abusing and raping his young daughter.
Despite being behind bars today, the victim’s mother says she still has a fight to fight. She asked that her name not be included in the story because she says she has been attacked on social media in the past for what happened to what happened to her now three and a half year old daughter.
The responsible man is the 34-year-old Andrew Glasser. He is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.
In 2017, Glasser made no such allegations when he watched her children while the mother worked. One night she came home to find that her 11-week-old daughter was bleeding. She never imagined what doctors would discover.
“I came home from work later that night and checked her diaper. There was an injury that shouldn’t have been there,” she said, explaining what happened that night in October 2017.
“I took her to the walk-in clinic. They sent me to the emergency room, sent me home, and went to the pediatrician the next morning. It was doctor number 4 who finally told me, “This is a sexual trauma.”
Three and a half years later, the young girl is healthy.
“Fortunately, babies heal quickly and you wouldn’t know her from any other 3-year-old because she is so small she doesn’t remember anything,” her mother said.
That means she knows that one day she will have to have this conversation with her daughter before she finds out for herself. With the possibility of Andrew Glasser’s release before her 18th birthday, the mother of two applied for the termination of his parental rights and for the two surnames of her children to be changed.
“He will get off on October 27, 2030. My daughter will be 13 years old,” she said.
When asked if she was worried about losing child benefit, she said to me, “I’m not getting any child benefit now. By then, when he’s released, I’ll have been doing it alone for so long that child support, honestly like … “She shrugged.
“I don’t know. I don’t need it. I mean it would be nice, but I’m not used to getting it.”
And although the terms of his verdict state that Glasser cannot contact the victim or is no more than 100 meters from the victim, those conditions disappear when he finishes the probationary period. The mother says that she cannot let that happen.
“If you terminate a person’s parental rights, you do not automatically terminate a child’s maintenance obligation,” said Heartland attorney Patrick Waters.
Waters says that while Glasser is bound by probation, he retains other rights as a parent, such as access to his children’s medical records.
According to the mother, the termination would ensure that he cannot step in as the parent even if something happens to her.
“I think the mother is doing what she sees fit, and she should,” Waters concluded.
He says that without all the facts he can’t say for sure, but he believes she probably has a strong case.
“I think this is the best option for the kids because they need to know that they are protected. If you hurt children, you won’t get away with it. There are no such ties, ”said the mother, looking to the future.
This legal action comes with a price tag.
The mother tells me that the day in court that Glasser is about to terminate his parental rights will cost her around $ 2,400. To defend himself does not cost Glasser a cent. He has a court appointed attorney.
A GoFundMe page was created to help out the victim’s mother with the remaining costs. She estimates at $ 5,000.
The trial is scheduled for March 18th.
In the meantime, Glasser is fighting to reduce his current prison sentence in the Supreme Court.