As I stated at my client’s arraignment, she is innocent of these charges. It is unfortunate that this case has received the attention from the media, with the narrative being dictated by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. There isn’t any proof that my client drugged the complaining witness/the alleged victim and the alleged victim thought that she may have been having an allergic reaction or as her boyfriend suggested initially, that something may have been placed in her food. I am going through the reports that I have received and I am confident that my client will be exonerated of these allegations. We have the greatest legal system and in our legal system, the presumption of innocence is one that sets us apart from the rest of the world. In our legal system, we do not convict people on speculative evidence.

In regards to a custody dispute with Daniel Gaines, I am not sure where you are getting your information from. Daniel Gaines had all of his custodial rights terminated in Mason County Superior Court on October 28, 2015. Furthermore, Daniel Gaines tried to terminate his parental rights in 2018, to avoid his child support obligations. I am somewhat appalled that he or the State of Washington, through Child Protective Services, is claiming that there is a custodial dispute and that CPS is trying to establish contact between my client’s daughter and Daniel Gaines, in contravention of the Order from Mason County Superior Court, prohibiting all contact, under paragraph 3.10 of the parenting plan.

Daniel Gaines’s credibility was of great concern to the Mason County Superior Court, since it was revealed that he was engaged in a form of Stolen Valor, by claiming that he was honorably discharged as a member of the 2nd Ranger Battalion as a SGT, by filing a false DD-214 with Mason County Superior Court. The Court was less than pleased when his subterfuge was revealed, showing that he was in fact given a bad conduct discharge from the Army and that he was never in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. The fact that he was willing to blatantly lie to the Court is very revealing of his true character.

Frankly, I am surprised that CPS has been in contact with Daniel Gaines for about 2 weeks, when they knew or should of known about the Parenting Plan entered in Mason County Superior Court, in 2015. Those documents are readily available to CPS and they knew that the Mason County Superior Court terminated all of his parental rights, due to the factors listed in paragraphs 2.1 and 2.2 of the Parenting Plan that I am sending to you.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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