Two-year old baby Lilly Baumann is missing. Even after viewing pictures of Lilly playing with boxes of gun ammunition, Judge Steven B. Feren granted joint custody to her troubled mother Megan Everett. Today, the Broward/Palm Beach New Times published a stunning expose’ of Robert Baumann’s attempts to gain sole custody in Judge Feren’s family courtroom. Once again, this story provides more evidence that Feren, a former Democrat politician, is not protecting Broward’s children.
Armed with photographs, YouTube videos and other evidence, Robert Baumann made a compelling case to Feren that Lilly was not safe with her mother. Megan was living with Carlos Lesters in his Sunrise home. Originally from Georgia, Lesters indoctrinated Everett in Confederate culture, race-based conspiracy theories and even a hatred for Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. A few months before meeting Megan, Lesters posted a video about the Trayvon Martin shooting.”‘I don’t care if anyone calls me a racist,’ he says in a clip titled ‘MY 500 NEW BLACK FACEBOOK FRIENDS,’ lashing out against his online detractors. ‘In my own way, I am a racist. I just don’t really like white people either. Whatever. Being racist is not illegal.'”
Stephanie Everret told the New Times about her sister’s odd theory how Abraham Lincoln started the destruction of the USA.”She would just go on and on about how Abraham Lincoln was evil,” Stephanie recalled later. “She was never interested in history before, certainly not this warped version.” Megan used her daughter to proliferate her new views on race and politics.
Robert Baumann found Facebook posts of Lilly clad in Confederate gear. “Lesters and Megan posted dozens of pictures from Confederate memorial events, small gatherings of middle-agers dressed in period dress. Lilly was always there, the only kid, decked in Confederate swag. ‘Teach ’em young!’ Facebook friends would comment.” There were pictures of baby Lilly with guns.
In pictures, Lilly played within reach of enough ammunition to take down a battalion. In one picture of Lesters and Lilly cuddling on the couch, the baby could easily have grabbed his holstered sidearm. Baumann shared his findings with Judge Steven B. Feren.
The New Times paints a vivid portrait of the day Baumann presented his evidence to Judge Feren:
The photos sat in a stack, with the jaw-dropping glossies upfront: Lilly playing near metal lockers of rifle ammunition. Lilly’s arm within reach of a Glock sitting in Lesters’ waistband. Lilly sitting in a Confederate graveyard. Across the conference table, Baumann stared at Judge Steven Feren, looking for twitches of shock or surprise in the jowly, bespectacled face. Nothing dented the jurist’s serious expression.
Following a March 2014 trial, Feren opted to have Baumann and Everett share joint custody of Lilly. Feren wrote, “With regards to the mother’s living arrangements, the Court is not overly thrilled with the psychology…. “It is… a troubling issue to the Court when the parties [sic] two-year-old child is living in a home with the mother and her boyfriend where the boyfriend carries a gun on his person throughout the day and where there are numerous other weapons and ammunition stored in the household.” According to The New Times, Feren suggested Everett buy gun locks.
On May 15, 2014 Megan Everett and baby Lilly disappeared. Authorities believe Everett is no longer in Florida. She left behind a letter stating she would not let a court force her daughter to be vaccinated or taught “black history.”
FEREN FAILS BROWARD’S CHILDREN, AGAIN
Earlier this month, RED BROWARD reported on Judge Steven B. Feren’s brazen attempts to paint himself as the protector of Broward’s children. Locked in a tough campaign with attorney John Patrick Contini, Feren is pushing his ” guardian of the children” argument in front of Republicans and Democrats.
On July 8th, Feren tried to sell this judicial snake oil to the Plantation Democratic Club. In a room full of Democrat grassroots activists and politicians, Feren attempted to be the biggest bleeding-heart liberal. “The thing I feel strongest about in my life is taking care of the people who can’t take care of themselves,” Feren said. “The thing that I try to do most is take care of the children who pass through my division.” Then, Judge Feren dropped his “hero of the children” bomb. Feren said the children, “Need somebody to watch over them….To look out for them….To take their side.” Feren claimed he understood the problems they’re facing in life. He said the children at at a stage where “the things that are happening to them right now are going to affect them for the rest of their lives.” If elected to another six-year term as judge, Feren said his main goal would be, “to continue to take care of Broward’s children.”
On July 28th, Feren delivered a similar message to members of the Broward Republican Executive Committee. “My goal in life is very simple,” Feren said. “I want to help the kids that appear in my courtroom.” It’s unclear whether Democrat and Republican activists bought Feren’s message.
One audience has flatly rejected Feren’s claim to be guardian of Broward’s children: the Judges of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS DECISION LEADS TO FEREN’S REMOVAL FROM JUVENILE COURT
While presiding over juvenile court, Judge Steven B. Feren was accused of threatening harsh punishment for young defendants for maintaining their innocence. In R.V. v. State Of Florida, the Fourth District Court of Appeals recounted Feren’s comments from a 2009 case where a defendant was facing multiple charges. The court wrote, “Discussing the number of cases another child had pending, apparently eleven, [Feren] said, ‘Okay. This is what they meant when they taught us about the weight of the evidence? . . . Eleven files on one side. Getting pretty weighty.’ According to the motions, the court ‘gestured as if it were holding the scales of justice and lowered the scale….’”
At a subsequent hearing, “Judge Feren expressed his opinion that when a child has multiple cases, it is a waste of the judge’s time for the child to proceed to trial on any one charge and plea out the remainder of the cases. The trial judge reasoned the sanction imposed in those cases that were pled would be the same as the penalty imposed in the case that was tried. The trial judge concluded by stating that he did not see why he had to spend time on a trial when it would not matter to the child in terms of the sanction imposed.” The Court said Feren acknowledged that some young defendants may not want a serious felony charge on their record for life, but “he minimized the importance of the difference, stating ‘not all of the felonies ultimately matter down the road. There’s really no difference between a grand theft and a petit theft withheld. It’s still going to be a theft one way or the other. Doesn’t make a difference.’” According to the opinion, Feren warned lawyers that when defendants with multiple charges lost at trial they would face longer sentences:
You have to explain to them though, that if they go to trial on that case and they lose, I’m going to adjudicate them,which is going to be a more significant blot on their record than, you know, a withheld along with a bunch of otherwithhelds is going to be, and that I’m probably going to give them some punishment over and above what they might later plead to. . . . I’m not going to do it concurrent because the child took his chances, went to trial, I found him guilty, and he has to do a separate punishment on that in my mind as opposed to the other cases where the court is giving him what’s agreed to between the parties as an expediency because the child is pleading no contest and the court doesn’t know whether the child is guilty or not guilty.
Fearing he would not get a fair hearing before Judge Feren, the defendant asked for a new judge. Feren denied the request. In his petition to the Fourth District Court of Appeals, the defendant argued, “Judge Feren’s comment regarding the great weight of the evidence, coupled by his hand gesture of lowering one side of an imaginary scale when stating “getting pretty weighty,” would lead a reasonable person to believe the court was not going to judge each of his cases individually and instead would consider the number of pending cases in determining the child’s guilt or innocence.”
Chief Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian, Judge Martha C. Warner and Judge W. Matthew Stevenson granted the defendant’s petition. The Fourth District Court of Appeals held, “The number of cases an accused has cannot be considered in weighing the evidence in any single case; that would be like relying on the number of cases to show the child’s propensity to commit offenses. We conclude that, even without the May 28 statements, the April 13 statements alone suggested that the trial court, who would be the fact finder in the upcoming juvenile proceedings, would consider the number of cases pending against a child as evidence against him in determining his guilt in any one case.”
HELP FIND LILLY
Lilly Baumann is two years old, white with brown hair eyes, approximately 27 lbs. She is believed to be with her 22 year-old mother Megan Everett. A felony warrant was issued for Megan on May 19, 2014. They may be traveling in a 1999 silver four door Saturn with Florida license plate number 421MLE. When Megan was last seen her hair was dyed blonde. Lilly may go by the last name Everett.
If you know the whereabouts of Lilly or have any information please contact your local police or Sunrise Police (954) 746-3600