My question involves police conduct in the State of: Ohio.
My Girlfriends five year old told a string of lies from shortly after the new year started. the first couple were told to us about her Dad's girlfriends two boys and sexual exploits. When we went to our local police department after an inconclusive exam at the local hospital they told us they couldn't help.
The next lie was told on my girlfriend to the 5 year old's father saying that mom was strangling her. the local police arrive the 5 year old tells them she just missed her dad and that mommy didn't hurt her. the police explained the importance of not lying and being good made a report and left.
After several other minor instances documented by the local police department the father and girlfriend took 5 year old to local police department. the local police department taped an interview that started with the girlfriend asking the 5 year old if she knew what would happen if she didn't tell the police man what she was supposed to tell? the five year old leans forward pointing to the girlfriends pocket and say i get the soap in the mouth, and the girlfriend replies yep that's right.
The interview is riddled with comments from dad and girlfriend that are out right lies. to the point that the patrolman conducting the interview tells them to shut up.
The patrolman conducting the interview asks around 10 questions each question has the answer he wants her to say in it. (i. e. what do you think of mom's boyfriend? she answers he's my friend. he restates the question "yea but what do think about him? she answers he's big and he's my friend. the cop then says so he's big and that scares you? she replies no he's nice and he's my friend.) the entire interview is about 15 to 20 minutes long and after continuously being asked the same questions you can see the 5 year old get frustrated and just repeat what the cop says.
The Father then takes the five year old from memorial day weekend until the first week of August. refusing to allow any visitation or to give her back when my Girlfriend has primary physical custody.
On memorial day we received a knock on the door and the same patrolman who has had prior knowledge of the turmoil we have been going through, Who also conducted the interview presents and arrest warrant for me for domestic violence. He continuously apologizes to both myself and my 8 month pregnant girlfriend (5 yr olds mom) and carts me to jail. My GF bails me out and goes into premature labor. through the course of the pretrial and even to this day no one has ever asked us if what the 5 yr old said was what happened, or any other question. i was arrested on the sole evidence of the interview.
The case was dropped. We now have the 5 yr old back. our son arrived after 4 early labor trips cause directly by the court case and her ex's actions, safely and healthy.
Even though the prosecutor told my attorney and I several times at several different pretrials we could have a copy of the tape. they never complied and made a copy for me. Now that the case has been dismissed with out prejudice the prosecutor is refusing to give us a copy of the tape.
My girlfriend and i would like to pursue civil actions against the father and his girlfriend for the things they said on the interview tape, we would also like to go after the officer, the department and the village, as well as the prosecutor and judge if possible.
i need an attorney able to handle the different cases stemming from this but my attorney say no one in this county can do it. Obliviously there is a lot more to the story but those are the basic's anyone have any advise or know an Attorney or firm that would be able to take this on? or any other suggestions?