In this submission she details how her ex-boyfriend Aaron Catanzarite, the town marshal (police chief) of Roseland (IN), has used his position as a police officer to influence custody hearings between him and her. In addition, she maintains he has also used his influence to violate their shared custody agreement and prevent her from seeing their daughter.
Jennifer also discusses an accident that Catanzarite was involved with in which their daughter was injured and now has a scar on her face as a result. (You can see a news report on that accident here.) She accuses Catanzarite of not properly securing her daughter’s child seat and also of driving unsafely, both of which she says contributed to the injuries her daughter suffered in the accident. (Embedded below are two videos Ms. Szymarek provided that show Catanzarite picking up their daughter and placing her in the front seat of his police vehicle.)
Date of Incident: March 15, 2016
Officer Involved: Town Marshal Aaron Catanzarite
Department Involved: Roseland Police Department
Department Phone No.: (574) 272-6241
“Jennifer Szymarek (My Story)”
My ex-boyfriend, Aaron Catanzarite, the town marshal for the Roseland Police Department and who lives in South Bend, Indiana, forced me to sign, through tears and a shaky hand, after I had refused for over a-week-and-a-half, a ‘Custody/Stipulation Agreement Order’ in the kitchen of his residence atop the stove, without any legal counsel present, on February 27, 2011.
In the ‘Stipulation Agreement Order’ the document stated that Mr. Catanzarite had ‘Physical Custody’ of our daughter and that I, Jennifer Szymarek, and him, both, shared “Joint Legal Custody.” However, to this day Mr. Catanzarite has never once exercised that right to include me in any matter of my daughter’s future, which is illegal, along with many other matters which he ignores. I continued to live with Mr. Catanzarite back then until March 10, 2012, after signing this document, which I strongly did not agree with, only for the sake of my daughter, Keira.
Later in the year, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an illness which causes muscle weakness, after a horrific fall that led to a massive head injury and also led to my diagnosis in July of 2011. And then, eight months later, Aaron sternly stated, “I can’t take it anymore,” which led to him kicking me out on March 10, 2012, and, of course, not allowing me to take my daughter with me, even though it was my Saturday to take her.
At that point in time, the schedule was set up to where I practically, on paper, had my daughter every night except for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, to go along with my existing Brown Mackie College schedule. So, even though I was the individual with the muscle illness, and the person who was already fighting to get on disability and changing some things in my life, Mr. Catanzarite thought his life was changing so much more than mine that he would just take my child, even though I knew, for a fact, due to him allowing his ex-wife to ‘kidnap-my-child-several-times-before history,’ that my daughter would just be living at his ex-wife’s house, and would be raised my his ex-wife, as usual.
Every since my daughter, Keira, had been born, I was still always taking care of her on my own 24 hours a-day, while he continued to be gone 24/7, like usual. In fact, the first ten months of Keira’s life I had my own apartment that she and I, both, shared, without Mr. Catanzarite, which he failed to mention in court during our trial ending August 21, 2013.
Our ‘Custody Trial’ was complete perjury committed by Mr. Aaron Catanzarite between him and his seven ‘family’ witnesses, including one witness who was his ‘boss’ from Roseland. I mean, I seriously thought that you were not allowed to have family members testify.
Then, when I tried to put my witnesses on the stand to testify every single one was thrown-out for no ‘good-real reason.’ I had my dad (because I was living with him, but his testimony was thrown-out anyway) and one longtime friend (but her testimony was thrown-out, too). I was told by the probate judge/court, due to Mr. Catanzarite’s attorney (Mr. Vincent Campitti) that we were all talking about the case in the lobby, which, of course, was a flat-out lie.
Mr. Catanzarite’s family was coached, every time one individual walked in. I believe that the trial should have been, and still should be thrown-out for countless reasons. It was just a way to criticize me and to makeup situations that never occurred. But I never once got the chance to say anything bad about Mr. Aaron Catanzarite.
My daughter will be eight on July 2nd. Ever since she was four, she has suffered emotional abuse from being tossed around constantly, as well as being forced to lie by her father and his ex-wife, Kelly Catanzarite. She gets picked up from school and then usually goes straight to the house belonging to Mr. Catanzarite’s ex-wife. Then maybe to Mr. Catanzarite’s residence later at night.
Since the parenting time schedule was changed in the fall of 2012, I have only every Wednesday and every other weekend with my daughter, so it makes it pretty hard to spend much time with Keira and to really be her mother. In 2014, I actually was allowed to have my daughter for two-weeks at a time for the summer, but I have been unable to ever get that again.
Mr. Catanzarite uses excuse after excuse, I truly feel, with the court system when it comes to getting his way. He signs Keira up for five-plus extracurricular-sports-activities per summer without even asking me, which is against our ‘Signed Sports Agreement’ and expects me to take her to every single event, knowing that I rarely have any time with my child. Last summer, I refused to take her and he tried to see if there was any legal action that he could take against me. He failed, but he thinks he can always overpower me and he still has my child due to the court’s failure to properly hear me out.
On March 15, 2016, Mr. Aaron Catanzarite placed my daughter in the front passenger seat of his Roseland police SUV. (I have taken him to court on this issue, but I have lost the fight.) She was in a child restraint seat but it was not tethered down. He also decided not to wear his seat beat, which he has done repeatedly over the years. He also was apparently going over the speed limit. (I do not know the exact speed, but he also does this repeatedly).
All these irresponsible actions of negligence resulted in a car crash that seriously could have been prevented and also hit two other vehicles, injuring another family. Mr. Catanzarite never put his foot down on the break peddle; the SUV only finally came to a stop when it hit a wall. This is a guy that insurance companies will not even insure, so he does not have his own personal vehicle. And he will never have his own personal vehicle.
I would know, because I knew him, personally. I never have approved of my child riding around in a police vehicle. I have always been a good and decent mother to my child. I am Keira’s mother and I have always been. I own my own vehicle. I always have owned my own vehicle. I have a very good driving record. I always have had a good driving record.
My daughter’s father has used his ‘Cop Thing’ to hurt my child since 2011. This year, when he had his car crash, she ended up with a scar from her forehead down to her left eye, as a reminder of how irresponsible and negligent he will always be. And when the car crash occurred, I was not even allowed to take my own daughter home from the hospital. Mr. Catanzarite’s ex-wife was instead. Aaron wanted her to and the hospital allowed that over me, the mother, even though I am on the hospital records.
Now my daughter has suffered physical abuse. The system needs to get over the badge for my daughter’s sake.
As of right now, my daughter spends most of her time at Mr. Catanzarite’s ex-wife’s house, which is illegal. Mr. Catanzarite has yet to change his legal address, which is also illegal. He does not drive, which clearly leaves an open question mark. I am not aware if he even has a license or not, another open question mark. I am sure he does not have a vehicle, due to the fact that he is unable to afford auto insurance, so irresponsible there.
All these issues need to be addressed, but no one seems to want to address these issues with me. It is even difficult for me to take my daughter on ‘Just One Short Summer Vacation’ without it becoming an issue, due to me not getting the two-weeks that I asked for in ‘Summer Parenting Time,’ which was not asking too much. I did not know that it was legal to ‘Commit Perjury in Court’ and to ‘Share Custody with an Ex-Wife’ when there is a ‘Perfectly Good and Decent Mother in a Child’s Life with All the Time in the World.’
– Jennifer Szymarek