A Texas family court, without cause, awarded custody of a ten-year-old boy from mom’s full-time care only to place him with a known abuser and sexual deviant.
“I did nothing wrong. No history of abuse or neglect, no drug addiction, no drinking problem, and no mental illness,” said Tiffany Ann Aliano, a divorced mother, and Army veteran. Yet, without her knowledge and consent, on March 28 her only son was forcibly removed from school and delivered to her ex-husband, Joseph William Burks.
Austin Mom wants her son back
“My world suddenly got turned upside down,” said Aliano. She went from being a single, working mom, tucking her son into bed each night, to having supervised visitation for just three hours every two weeks, at the cost of $60 per hour, she said.
“We had a routine: Boy Scouts on Monday, Lazy Tuesdays, homework, play Legos, build things, cuddling or just hanging out together.” She said her mother-son bond has been reduced to bread crumbs for the senseless purpose of rewarding a man who mentally, physically and sexually abused her.
“I woke up one day and I was resting next to my son and my ex brought a stripper home and tried to make us all sleep together – he was high as can be,” she added. “Another time, he was having sex with a male neighbor, high on acid, cocaine, weed, you name it.”
Multiple Child Protective Services’ reports verify Burks’ repeated drug use, mental illness, domestic abuse, child abandonment, and his arrest and conviction records.
“I stayed with my abusive ex-husband for nine years; he beat me, raped me, would hold me down in my sleep and do his business,” said Aliano, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing. “When I threatened to leave, he choked me until I passed out.”
In March 2013, while they were residing in Austin, she said she finally had the courage to leave him, and wound up returning to NY where she is originally from. In June 2013, she secured an Order of Protection against Burks from Nassau County Family Court.
Burks was ordered to stay away from her and their son, except for supervised visitation with a mental health professional. The NY court also ordered Burks to refrain from any communication by email, voice mail or other electronic means, except for matters concerning visitation or the health and welfare of the child. The court order said in part:
It is hereby ordered that Joseph William Burks… Refrain from assault, stalking, harassment, aggravated harassment, menacing, reckless endangerment, strangulation, forcible touching, intimidation, threats or any criminal offense against S.B. and Tiffany Ann Aliano.
In June of 2014, Aliano said she was contacted by the Family Court in Austin who advised that Burks wanted supervised visitation. “I allowed it.” Thereafter, she said the Guardian ad Litem assigned, Angela Hardin, contacted Aliano via her attorney and threatened to arrest her if she did not forfeit her son for a month before trial.
“I was beside myself,” said Aliano. “I initially said no, but my lawyer said I have to comply or face prison time even though there were no criminal charges lodged against me.” When Aliano went to TX to meet with the GAL in person, she said Hardin was more interested in whether she was a community activist, than be concerned with the loving way mom and son interacted.
Since the New York Protective Order was transferred to Texas, Burks’ conditions are still in effect, but have been completely ignored by the Texas Family Court, she said. “I told the GAL about the rape and she said if I reported it, I will lose my son forever.”
Aliano said she believes the court is retaliating against her for filing a recusal motion requesting that Hon. Timothy Sulak, presiding judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County, be removed from her case and sanctioned for his actions.
“My recusal motion was denied and I was ordered to pay $15,000, despite the fact I had a mountain of evidence to show that the judge was involved in money laundering and other crimes,” she added. “I plan to file an appeal, and I have already motioned the court for a new trial.”
This is Family Court corruption at its worst, said Aliano. “My son and I want to be together again, but the system is keeping us apart.”