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Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A controversial case in Oakland County involving three children sent to juvenile detention and then summer camp after refusing to visit with their father has generated attention and comments on social media.

A petition launched July 9 on ipetitions.com seeks to remove Oakland County Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca after she ordered two boys, aged 14 and 10, and their 9-year-old sister to Children’s Village in Pontiac last month when she found them in contempt of court for refusing to see their father, Omer Tsimhoni. Last Friday, she sent the children to summer camp and dismissed the contempt findings.

As of Friday morning, the petition had more than 9,800 signatures from around the country in support of Gorcyca’s removal.

A GoFundMe account “Bring the Tsimhoni Kids Home” had raised $1,215 by Friday morning to contribute to legal fees for their mother, Maya Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, a pediatric ophthalmologist.

“Even though they are no longer in Children’s Village, they are not home,” the page’s author wrote. “Please help us bring them back home.”

A couple of Facebook groups also have popped up in support of the children, including one titled “Wanting Justice For Tsimhoni Children” and “Justice For Maya’s Children.” A Twitter account, @JusticeTsimhoni, regularly opines about the case.

Prior to the children’s move from the detention center to the summer camp, a change.org petition generated 6,800 signatures of those calling for their release. An update on the petition page called the move a “huge win.”

Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, 40, has filed a complaint that Gorcyca violated her children’s rights.

The parents divorced in 2011 after 16 years of marriage and have been involved in a contentious legal battle over visitation, therapy and other matters involving their children.

The father, a General Motors engineer, lives the majority of time in Israel. He has blamed Eibschitz-Tsimhoni for exploiting the children and failing to follow court orders.


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Staff writer Mike Martindale contributed.