Chellie; although she felt misplaced; always had and open communication with her mother. Mickey made sure Chellie felt she could talk to her about anything, so when it came to peer pressure Chellie was able to look past that and be true to herself. One of the many virtues her mother taught her. How Mickey was able to teach her daughter not to follow her peers and get involved in drugs, bad behavior and not being sexually active is still a mystery. Chellie was a virgin till she was 17 years of age and she married the man that took her virginity.
I always felt this was her greatest virtues; amazing to be drug free during the 60’s and 70’s. Chellie was married nine days after her 18th birthday and a mother at the age of 19; however, she was no where near ready to be a wife and mother at that age, neither was her husband Ronnie.
Both his family and her family interfered in their life, his family didn’t like Chellie and although her parents liked Ronnie this was their daughter that they overly protected her entire life, even though they didn’t really want her, they did take the responsibility to raise her right. By the time she was 21 she was pregnant again and going through a divorce. Ronnie’s family was always trying to take her son from her by calling the Department of Family Services on her for abuse.
They came to visit her three times and found no sign of abuse to her son. Ronnie never defended her so she left him when she was 6 weeks pregnant. A week later he came to see her, they were three states apart, and his pretense was to make the marriage work but her mother had a bad feeling and tried to tell her not to take her son with her to meet with Ronnie.
Chellie being as trusting as she was and she still loved her husband didn’t listen and took Damien anyway. Turns out that her mother was right, Ronnie showed up with his brother whom she couldn’t stand and when they stopped at the gas station up the street from her parents house; she got out and left Damien with Ronnie and wouldn’t you know it…him and his brother took off with her son. Chellie called the cops but was only told that since there was no custody that he had every right to take the child. It was a two year battle but after five months of a two state battle Chellie did get temporary custody of Damien. And when she took him home her attorney told her not to return the child to Idaho where her husband lived with is parents. She was told by her attorney that since it was a two state battle and she had custody of her son that she didn’t have to return him but she would be held in contempt of court in Idaho.
So when they went back to court in Idaho she wasn’t present. Ronnie did get an attorney in Colorado where Chellie lived with her parents and when it went t court there the judge ruled in her favor as possession is nine tenths of the law and since she had the child in her possession for a year she got full custody and also because Ronnie denied the child she was carrying yet he wanted custody of the unborn infant s soon as it was born.
That really angered the judge so it was a hands down deal that she got full custody and he had to pay fees and bonds to see his sons under supervised supervision of the maternal grand parents; the judge stated this man could not be trusted so to protect the child’s welfare is visitations were supervised. This all took place in December one year after she first got her son back and her second son Scott was born in March that following year, Damien was two years old when Chellie got full custody of him.