Child Custody Exchange Turns Violent

Man faces suspected child cruelty charge after Saturday incident, police said.

Police made a pair of arrests Saturday after a child custody exchange turned violent, Livermore Police Sgt. Mike Mayberry said.

At around 10 a.m. officers responded to a report of a man beating another man with a pipe at the Applebee's parking lot on First Street, Mayberry said.

When officers arrived on scene they contacted two males, Betlimus Atai and Mirwais Amoni.

Both men have had previous contact with police over an ongoing custody dispute, Mayberry said.

Police said during Saturday's child custody exchange Atai, 35, pulled his son out of Amoni's vehicle through the driver's side window and dragged him back to his car.

Amoni, 37 and the chid's step father, then reached for a baton in his vehicle and began to strike Atai with the weapon multiple times, Mayberry said.

Amoni was arrested on suspicion of possession of a baton, Mayberry said.

Atai was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Department 701 of the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton. He is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

Liz Gully September 23, 2012 at 03:56 AM
This is so sad for the child - a friend had issues with her ex and it really affected her child. People need to put aside their issues for the kids. I hope they can get it together.
Mkzishak September 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
My sister and I were there for the after math and the poor child was so shaken. He was torn between both men physically. Bad enough that his shoe was lost And shirt was torn.
Nathan21 September 23, 2012 at 04:19 AM
So true. It sounds like neither of these guys should be around this kid. Their actions are so detrimental to this kid and his/her future. Also if this is a ongoing issue, what does it take for someone to step in... Whats up with the kids Mom?
Amanda September 23, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I work at CVS and saw parts of this sad story unfold. Police had both suspects at gun point and once the arrests were made I saw an officer carrying the young boy and comforting him until Fire and EMS arrived. I pray the boy is ok and I hope both suspects get a severely harsh punishment. There is absolutely NO excuse for their actions, this shouldn't have happened!
My Bohemian Spirit September 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
This is so very sad for everyone. Unfortunately the family courts rule that children are well suited to both parents regardless of the safety and well being of the children in many cases. Even when there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary it takes a police action for the courts to recognize that there is a problem. Frequently when concerns are brought to the court or law enforcement it is overlooked as mere hearsay or vendetta. The children are literally being torn in two. The mediation and visitation schedules are oftentimes nearly impossible for the parties involved with the children always in transit to fulfill court rulings. All family law cases have been moved to Hayward. Mediation appointments are full, court hearings are constantly rescheduled, missing work for court hearings over and over again all take a toll. It is not an excuse for violence, but violence may have been the originating factor here and the family/child was not protected as they could have been.
K September 23, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Sucks for the child. The person who got arrested will probably be out though fast considering they where driving a Ferrari and BMW m3 and the women was in a very nice mercedez. They obviously have money which will fix this problem for them unfortuantly.
Glenn Crosby September 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM
What is wrong with owning a baton? Don't police carry them? What about owning a golf club or tire iron?
libertus_rebelium September 23, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Mom sure can pick some winners.
Crh September 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
California penal code: "22210. Except as provided in Section 22215 and Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 17700) of Division 2 of Title 2, any person in this state who manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses any leaded cane, or any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a billy, blackjack, sandbag, sandclub, sap, or slungshot, is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170." Only police and security personnel (& criminals) are allowed to have a baton. It is legal in Arizona but not here.
Alice Ochoa September 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I think it is sad. I am of the belief that people that want to turn every thing printed into a race or political statement are simply pathetic individuals. I don't know any of the parties involved and cannot pass judgement on their lifestyles, backgrounds, or what country they are from, nor do I care to. Why don't we get off our superior "High horses" and be respectful to ALL people and remember this article was about a child caught in the middle of an ugly situation.
Alice Ochoa September 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I think it is sad. I am of the belief that people that want to turn every thing printed into a race or political statement are simply pathetic individuals. I don't know any of the parties involved and cannot pass judgement on their lifestyles, backgrounds, or what country they are from, nor do I care to. Why don't we get off our superior "High horses" and be respectful to ALL people and remember this article was about a child caught in the middle of an ugly situation.
My Bohemian Spirit September 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The courts continue to put the children with violent, abusive parents protecting the rights of the parent to see the child over the safety of the child time and time again! Requiring the family to provide the child to an abusive and violent individual puts everyone in danger every time. Punishing someone for protecting a child from a known violent individual that the court orders to have contact with is unconscionable! We go through this every 2 weeks! In spite of criminal protection orders, restraining orders, criminal history and history of noncompliance with orders and police investigations of ongoing crminal activity it continues! I am one of these moms and I can assure you I am present and continue to do everything I can to protect my child. I pray every 2 weeks my child returns unharmed. He is traumatized by the system that forces him to endure. His step dad is his hero. His biological dad is nothing but a court ordered tormentor.
Bonnie Russell September 24, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Seems like you aren't clued in as to what goes on "here." http://www.familylawcourts.com/kids_killed.html
LL September 24, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Very violent behavior. Very sad.
anon September 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Nowhere in this article did I see the types of vehicles involved.
vicki September 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
This child should not ever, EVER be in this situation again. It is apparent that both adults together in this situation will only wreak havoc. Yes, it will go further if it is allowed to continue. I don't care what car they drive, who pays taxes or who doesn't.......BOTH OF THEM are violent individuals.This is TERRIBLE people! I HOPE the courts will AT THE VERY LEAST make the 'adults' be SUPERVISED when the exchange of parental visitation takes place. Also, Why the hell is someone living in Livermore that has ties to the Taliban? No wonder he feels a sense of entitlement. They think our laws don't apply to them. Oh Jeez, I truly hope that is not true.
ITS September 26, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I'm sorry Omar..... but it sounds like you are sharing a little too much inside personal information on these guys that may "not be accurate at all", it may just be your opinion and it's obvious that you have a relationship with one of these guys to the point that you know his daily work schedule, unless your his brother or something.... Lets be just and know that theres always another side to a story.... and further we must realize that the child's mom was in love at one point with the father of the child.... and that she wanted him to be the father of her child.... This a family issue that the childs mom and dad should solve in court, not in public in the presence of a little boy.... personal information and issues should be shared and solved in court and not shared on this platform especially if you are not the owner of the ferrari to know its a 2008 or 2004, or if it was bought from beverly hills.... thats not your business or ours.... For us, it seems sad that during a child exchange custody, an assault with a deadly weapon is involved. What if the child was accidently injured by the weapon that was used, or if the weapon lead to other things.
ITS September 26, 2012 at 05:29 AM
great comment Vicki...... lets focus, this should be all about the little boy who has had to deal with this!
D. Shepp September 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
wow we are all GOD's children some of your comments make me sad to be an American, and a vet to boot. I wish there was some place to send the narrow minded thinkers. by the way do you think before you blog or do your fingers just run amuck
KAREN September 28, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Not sure about the "benefits," but this is the result of this country's obsession of being so tolerant!


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