Kether Aeon Compter is my son. He just turned 8. He wants to own a restaurant for people with food allergies when he grows up. I've been his primary caretaker all of his life. Anyone who knows me knows I love my son above all else in this world. What many don't know is that we've been through a lot of pain and sorrow over the years. Kether has woken up to his mother screaming obscenities, losing her mind on two Christmas' in a row.. he's experienced his mother throwing his game remote against a wall and leaving angrily on the morning of his 5th bday.. he's experienced his mother smashing my mother's mug in the driveway and speeding off beating her steering wheel on the morning of his 6th. He's had to watch her drink whisky in the morning, become verbally abusive, emotionally abusive, threaten suicide, try to take him driving drunk, etc.. She lost her 14 yr old child to the paternal grandmother in a custody suit in 2015. Six months later, after being out all night, she showed up on Easter morning with an open bottle of whisky on her floorboard.. no Easter gifts for her son. This is only a very small example of what has transpired in our lives. After almost drowning him in a pool at 1yr old we engaged in a custody battle.. she immediately was granted 50/50 custody. I had to watch my son cry to leave my arms, reaching out for me, for a year straight. He never cried to leave hers. I initiated a reconciliation which was successful but she continued to stay out drinking most nights. Things became bad. I had to instruct her children not to get into a vehicle with her for years. I thought she would not try to use legal means to gain custody of our son after losing her oldest. She signed her rights over to the grandmother, stating she didn't want to put the oldest child through such an ordeal. Apparently she has no problem putting my son through it. She has not cooked a meal for him in years. When she did it was usually just rice. He is allergic to soy, eggs, dairy, wheat, nuts, seafood, and garlic and she does not know how to cook for him. She's given him a bath a handful of times in his life, once falling asleep on the toilet as her infant son sat in the tub, another time leaving him sitting as the water ran while she talked with her friend on the phone in another room. I had to take over these responsibilities early on. He has not missed a meal in my care. His nails have been clipped by me, baths given by me, attention given by me. He had been reading for three months before she noticed he could. This woman is now suing me for custody of this child and I'm not in a financial position to fund it. I'm humbly requesting any assistance anyone might be able to offer. I never thought I would do something like this, but this child deserves so much better. If I don't act quickly I was told the old orders will be in place, which means she may have him half the time by the end of this month. He has not been alone with her in four years and at this stage he fears being alone with her, but he's not of age to speak in court. It's just a bad situation. Any and all acts of generosity and kindness will be appreciated more than I can express. I will never give up on this beautiful child. He deserves to be safe and truly loved.
Jonathan Compter (Dad)