PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge has released three siblings who spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father.
Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca is sending the children to summer camp instead. She held a hearing Friday, three days after a TV station reported about her decision to put them at Children’s Village. They are ages 15, 10 and 9.
The case stems from a contentious divorce that began in 2009. The judge blamed the mother for alienating the two boys and their younger sister from their father.
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The Associated Press is withholding the names of the mother and father to protect the identities of the children.
Gorcyca likened the mother’s influence on the children to the Charles Manson California cult in the 1960s.