Garry Schumacher, Dad Who'd Rather Go to Jail Than Let Mom See Kid, Has Sentence Stayed

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The custodial piss fight between Garry Schumacher and Shawnette Andreason continues.

Garry Schumacher's ongoing legal battle to prevent Shawnette Andreason, the biological mother of his seven-year-old daughter Madison, from having supervised visits with the child, notched another hiccup Tuesday when Hennepin County Judge Patrick Robben postponed the defiant father's jail sentence, ordering him again to comply with a court order.

Heading into the hearing, the 36-year-old Schumacher had vowed to do jail time rather than facilitate the supervised meetings between Madison and Andreason. He'd been found in contempt of court in March for failing to cooperate, saying, "I can't do something I believe will harm my child and my family. I'd rather go to jail than potentially put her in harm's way."

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Garry Schumacher Choosing Jail Over Allowing the Biological Mom to See Their Daughter

Categories: Family, Law, Tragedy

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Garry Schumacher finds out today if he will be sent to the workhouse.

Shawnette Andreason hasn't seen her daughter Madison since 2011.

Garry Schumacher, the seven-year-old girl's father, is willing to go to jail to keep it that way.

Inside Hennepin County Family Court in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, Schumacher, who raises the girl as well as a younger daughter along with his wife Jenny, will find out if Judge Patrick Robben will make good on his March threat to incarcerate the defiant dad if he didn't allow for supervised visits between Madison and her biological mom, Shawnette Andreason.

He hasn't.

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Viral Adoptive Fathers' "Dear Future Baby" Has Arrived

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Joe and Joey Famoso-Morales emerge from the adoptions world triumphant.

It only took one crazy viral video and a flood of national news attention, but Joe and Joey Famoso-Morales are finally fathers.

It's a dizzying triumph for the Plymouth couple, whose year-long, cross-country search for a child had been checkered with seemingly endless frustration and rejection. Last November, Joe and Joey came so close to adopting an infant girl that a nurse had to literally take her out of their hands at the hospital. The mother had gotten cold feet after giving birth, the nurse explained. Joe and Joey were devastated.

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8-Year-Old Takes Car for 10-Mile Joy Ride Throughout East Metro

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The child made it from St. Paul to Mounds View before safely parking the car in a stranger's driveway

Just before 6 a.m. yesterday double-taking drivers on I-35E pulled alongside a swerving car going about 40 mph.

They saw an eight-year-old boy who could barely see over the steering wheel piloting his foster parents' 1992 Buick Roadmaster with his two younger siblings in tow.

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City of Minneapolis Approves Paid Parental Leave for Employees [UPDATE]

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Minneapolis joins St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Park, and Hennepin County in offering paid maternity leave

UPDATE 5/1 10:15 AM
The full city council just unanimously approved the paid parental leave policy. It will be backdated to Jan. 1, 2015.

The topic of maternity leave came up fairly early in Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson's first term, when one of his aides became pregnant with her first child.

"While I've never had a child, I realize it's not really a vacation and you can't really compare it to being sick," he says.

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How Much Money Do You Need to be Middle Class in Minneapolis?

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Nearly half of America still identifies as middle class, according to the Pew Research Center.

Despite the financial beat down that wiped out the spending power of millions of Americans, nearly half of the country still identifies itself as middle class, according to the Pew Research Center.

But what kind of money are we talking?

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Cliff Andrews, Dad of Cheerleader with Down Syndrome, Says Girl Has Been Mocked Often

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Desiree Andrews says she wants to be famous when she grows up.

Cliff Andrews's heart has been thrashed so many times he's lost count.

He's the dad of 14-year-old Desiree, the Kenosha, Wisconsin cheerleader with Down syndrome who garnered national attention after three basketball players stood up to bullies ridiculing her from the bleachers. And he's witnessed kids making fun of his daughter since elementary school.

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Couple's Music Video Plea for a Baby to Adopt Goes Viral

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They promise not to name the baby Joe, Joey, Josephine, Joanna, or any other permutation of Joseph.

Joe Morales and his fiancé, Joey, have a house in a good school district with a yard for their dogs and ample space to raise a family. They just need a baby to complete the picture.

In November, that dream was literally at their fingertips. A birth mother decided she liked the look of the couple and promised them her baby girl. They held her hand through the birth, and Joe cut the umbilical cord.

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Separated From Their Kids, Parents Unite Against One Court Guardian

Categories: Family

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It's a bleak Wednesday morning as E.J. sits at her kitchen table, poring over boxes of court documents. She lives in a three-bedroom apartment just north of the metro, where the walls are covered with her children's crayon drawings. The table is spread with toys and picture books; overhead, a Thomas the Tank Engine poster spells "Happy Birthday" in bright blue.

She hoists a slender cat onto her lap as she points out the pictures on the fridge. There's her son, a brown-eyed boy smiling in a pressed shirt. There's her daughter with a missing tooth.

The children live about 25 miles away with their father now. They visit only once a month.

The exact location of E.J.'s apartment is a secret. Her driver's license lists her address as a P.O. box because she's enrolled in the secretary of state's Safe at Home program for victims of domestic violence. The names of all the families in this story have been changed to protect the children's privacy.

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Apple Valley, Minnetonka Lead 10 Best Cities for Cheating Spouses

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This President's Day, Apple Valley and Minnetonka will take an extra moment to celebrate Bill Clinton and JFK. They all have a special thing in common: breaking hearts and breaking vows.

Infidelity service AshleyMadison.com boasts 108,896 Twin Cities members. Based on users' zip codes, it's ranked the 10 least faithful cities in the area by cheaters per capita.

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