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Guardianship lawsuit against county rejected by Collier court

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 22:14:33-04

A pair of Collier County women, who they say lost their sons in a bogus guardianship case, had another setback in court.

Betty Gosnell had her son taken away from her almost two years ago

She doesn't know where he is, only that the collier county court system was behind it.

"I've been told numerous lies, a lot of tampering with evidence," said Gosnell.

Betty and several others in the county are victims of what is known as guardianship abuse.

The guardianship program is in place to ensure those who can't care for themselves, their finances or children, have someone appointed by the court to do so.

"Placed into really cruel circumstances, in uncaring situations, isolated and intentionally over medicated," said Dr. Same Sugar, founder of Americans Against Guardianship Abuse.

Dr. Sugar has worked on several guardianship cases.

Gosenell, and another woman Peggy Dupree had both their lawsuits rejected by a judge.

The judge ruled they were vexacious litigants meaning they sue too much.

"Its very, very troublesome, that a judge would rule litigants are vexatious on their very first filing."

Gosnell says she's not sure what she will do now, but she knows she's not giving up.

"I'm going to everything to fight this, we're talking about my son, I want the truth I want to know what happened with my son."

A third person who filed suit against Collier County for a bogus guardianship, still has her case pending.