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Help Us Save Mikey Part 2: Father’s Supporters Asked Us To Do Our Homework, We Did, And It Turns Out Dad Is A Violent Ex-Con Once Convicted Of Attempted Murder

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A few days ago, we reported on the latest heart-strings pulling sob story piece of internet panhandling to sweep social media, “Help Us Save Mikey.” You can read it here if you haven’t already.

Basically what’s happening is that a Weymouth father is throwing himself a pity party because he’s been ordered to return his son to the child’s mother in Illinois. The mother, Amber Buck, has plenty of Google trophies including an arrest for making meth, and dating violent and unsavory characters. But the child’s father, Michael Cadena, has plenty of arrests himself, and took the kid to Weymouth in order to keep him away from the mother, who he claimed was physically abusive to him. However, there has been zero legitimate evidence provided that this woman did in fact abuse the child, and CPS confirms this.

The evidence that has been provided to us that Mom is indeed abusive proves absolutely nothing. It’s a bunch of statements from Michael Cadena about how his kid’s behavior has changed, and how he clings to do allegedly out of fear. None of it proves anything, and it’s all coming from an unbiased party in this matter.

We didn’t make any allegations against anyone, because that’s not our place to do here. We simply found information, and reported it. Information that wasn’t prevalent in their highly publicized viral sob story. On the editorial side, we voiced our skepticism and disdain for the father’s behavior in regards to the broadcast of his child’s pain. Particularly the broadcasting of videos that showed his son crying, presumably because he feared physical abuse from Mom.

We put more pieces of the story out there and injected some common sense, because that’s what we do. But let’s be clear – court documents, police reports, and records are NOT the opinion of the blog – they’re just objective fact. There’s an editorial side to this, sure. I think it reeks of bullshit. The reporting part is that we filled in a lot of blanks that no one else had. With evidence.

Naturally, Michael Cadena’s supporters were not pleased. They’ve been contacting us for months, hoping we would write something synpathetic towards Michael Cadena. They posted this delicately worded damage control post: 

So, when I got an email forwarded to me demanding I get my FACKS straight, I gladly accepted the additional documentation. If I made a judgement in error, or didn’t hit the full scope of the story on the first try, I’d gladly publish a correction. This is going to have another part to it, because one of the above statements is true, actually. I’ll let you guess which, and even give you a hint: I’m not going to be correcting anything I previously said. But I sure did miss some things.

The “research” that the Save Mikey Team suggested I do, however, was absolutely hilarious. I was told to check in to dozens of completely unrelated cases and told to “ask around” like this is Watergate or something, by a woman named Lisa Bordeau who is doing Cadena’s PR work for him while he sits in jail:

If your “evidence” supporting an allegation as serious as child abuse revolves around chasing down a bunch of unrelated leads, then you don’t have evidence. You have smoke and mirrors. No, we will not be calling all these random people who will tell us how unreliable CPS is, or how corrupt the judge is, or how well connected the child’s mother is. We don’t do conspiracy theories here, we do FACKS.

That’s why they keep chasing down news outlets who won’t touch this – the angle reeks of suspicion. There are no solid dots to connect to where these people are trying to lead it, and they must know it, because they keep referring to this as a matter of opinion. It’s not, and it can’t be, because they have been presenting things as irrefutable fact. I do have an opinion, but I make a clear distinction between the two. I base my published opinion on facts only, I do not interpret facts to suit my opinion. That’s what I was expected to do though, look at their “evidence” and see their conclusive opinion. The facts do not match. There is no report that objectively states or even suggests Mikey has been abused by his mother or even in her care. Let alone at all. This is not my opinion. This is fact.

So instead of wasting my time on the conspiracy maze, I checked out this news site she touted, BLN news. This bootleg blog has been talking shit about the judge, court system and kids mother and posting easily debunked statements about the case obsessively “reporting” on the story for months.

I’ll be honest here, I am a little morally torn over even covering the story. Not because I don’t stand behind what I publish – I do my due diligence in what I write and I don’t publish anything that cannot be substantiated. But because, I don’t know how I feel about contributing to this digital scrapbook of what may be one of the worst times in this kid’s life. But the damage has already been done by the kid’s own parents – I just believe in getting to the truth and injecting some reason into these emotionally charged campaigns.

Speaking of publishing only well evidenced facts and having some moral consideration and integrity, let’s talk about doing the complete opposite. Here’s BLN news.

Good to see she’s not jumping to any conclusions or taking any sides here.

This site is an absolute joke. They’ve got 334 likes on Facebook. Its editor is the only regular contributor. It’s pretty much just this Diane crone’s rant diary. Her tag line says it all:

“News nobody reports”….because it’s boring and pointless.

My favorite thing on this site was definitely her Reefer Madness” style anti-marijuana legalization blog. It says everything you need to know about this pearl-clutching Midwestern housewife-type, hot garbage spewing “reporter”.

Check out dem FACKS!

This is what constitutes doing our “homework”, though, I guess? Reading through the worst piece of factually inaccurate piece of bible belt trash I’ve suffered through in quite some time.

I mean, really, how hard is this to fact check? I disproved it in 20 seconds with nothing but my google machine.

Crack journalism at it’s finest, folk.

What bothers me about the shit this broad is smearing all over the mom, is that its unbalanced. There’s evidence that Mom was at least until 2017 a methzombie. If she is now, I haven’t found proof. There’s no evidence that she hurt that child in the form of tying him up with ropes, intentionally burning him, displacing his hips, any of that. That is being presented as fact. I am always certain to a shred of a doubt before I start trashing them, because I want to have some fun and doubtfully maybe be a wake up call. I refuse to take the risk of kicking someone down when they’re getting on their feet. We all do. And if I don’t know for sure, I won’t touch it.

Mom’s past is there, but right now I have no evidence that it’s her present, and she hasn’t done anything to draw our attention, or even entertain this publicity stunt bullshit. To the contrary, the crying and scared child actually looks quite pleased to be reunited with his mother:

That’s one point for her from where I stand – and I hope for that kids sake we never hear anything on her again. But if we do, the father is to blame too. If you have to sit in Illinois and struggle a bit so that you can do things the legal way and make sure you kid has access to the least restrictive safely accessible contact with the other parent until you can figure it out permanently, that’s what you do. Your kid shouldn’t suffer for your choices, whether its manufacturing meth or knocking up some methhead 900 miles from home. Instead Michael Cadena chose to sit in a jail cell rather than comply with a court order to return to Illinois, because he and his followers have decided that the judge has conspired with the mother’s well connected family to make sure Mikey is physically abused some more.

Also, remember how we mentioned dad was no angel? Well, turns out we missed some charges. A lot. We already knew about the drug charges, but at least he wasn’t making meth, right?

Woops. Nothing to see here. Just some convictions for violent assaults, including one for attempted murder. But Dad’s the good guy here and Mom is the bad guy. It’s black and white. He’s the victim.

And there’s just so, so much more where that came from. We have obtained police reports confirming what I suspected – Dad’s a shitbag, too. He’s exposed his son to some pretty unfortunate shit just like the mom. The pot should never call the kettle black, and should definitely not be raising tens of thousands of dollars while doing it. Here are some excerpts of Mr. Cadena’s spokeperson’s words on the matter:

I suspect this kid would be better off in foster care. But I very well could be wrong. What I’m not wrong about, however, is that there is way more to the “Help Us Save Mikey” story than they have been forthright about, and the kid’s the only real loser here.

The moral of the day is, don’t embroil the public into your nasty custody war, especially if your hands aren’t clean and your intentions not snow-white pure. The Turtle will find you, and we will investigate. Don’t. Poke. The. Turtle.

17 Comment(s)
  • DawnyP
    October 27, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I just read this again. Just in case I had missed something the first go through or in my own research.

    The very first part, the letter from Lisa – I’m appalled that she is stating cases about Alan Beaman and Jamie Snow. Just floored. These cases are in no way similar. The first one was accused of murdering his girlfriend and later set free. The second is still in prison being accused of murdering a high school friend. I still haven’t formed a conclusion about his guilt or innocent – both of them (the accused murderer and the murdered) were my friends. Additionally, both cases are decades old. DECADES.

    The only case even remotely similar is the Amy Leitchenburg case. This was a horrible case in which she was ordered to drop off her children at the Leroy Police Station for visitation with their father. Someone definitely dropped the ball here as both children were killed by their father, who then killed himself.

    The other one she mentions, I don’t know about that case. But what was the purpose in bringing up those? The fact that the courts have made an error or two? Show me a court that hasn’t. But, in the Cadena vs Buck case, Cadena failed to show up to court to show ANY evidence. What’s a judge to do? Simply go by his words and do away with any formalities? No witnesses, no child to speak to, no dad to stand up for his child? The judge can only make decisions based on what is in front of her.

    This is sickening.

  • Poor mikey...being used as a pawn in his father's game
    October 8, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Really? Making meth is worse than attempted murder?? How desperate you people are to make the mother out to be the worse person in the world when its indeed the father who wins that award. Yea her past is pretty despicable, but his is far far worse. Your making this guy out to be an angel, and her out to be the devil…you should be ashamed of yourselves. He blatantly ignored numerous numerous court orders…now hes paying the price for his actions. Ignoring the courts orders was in the best interest of the child?? Well, if his accusations were correct about her, now he just handed his child over to her. Great father he is! All you people are doing is hurting this child. Cut the shit. He is never going to forgive his father and the people doing this to him. Shame on you. I’m glad hes back with his mother. It’s clearly where he belongs and I have faith it’s where he will stay! Should probably think your decisions thru a little more mr. Cadena.

  • Manda Johnson
    October 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I commented on one of the BLN news stories asking about the Dads criminal record and another comment with a post to your blog. Both comments were deleted.

  • Father Blogger
    October 8, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    It won’t let me post a link so here is the Father Blogger.

    “Mikey’s Dad on what happened in Massachusetts Court

    After the dust has settled from Friday’s hearing, I am left with mixed emotions. It was good to finally have an opportunity to present evidence while at the same time it was frustrating that so much was blocked from the hearing. Most of all, I can’t understand why something so simple as doing what is right by a child becomes the most complex act behind paperwork, politics, and people who are big enough to take care of themselves.
    Let me tell you about the hearing. Two of Mikey’s teachers were also able to testify as well as myself and my mother. It was unfortunate that Mikey’s psychologist, Dr. Carol Garfinkle, was denied the ability to testify about Mikey’s care specifically, she could only confirm she made recommendations, not the details of any advice or treatment plan.
    Thankfully, Dr. Garfinkle did testify as an expert witness, which gave her the ability to discuss the treatment of abuse and trauma in children. The doctor explained that in cases of abused children, a slow supervised reintroduction of a mistreating parent is typical. This plan allows the child time and space to regain trust in the offending parent. I would like to share my opinion here that the implementation and success of such a plan should hinge on the fact that the parent must show remorse and confirmation that they are no longer abusive.
    A few things did bother me that day. While not surprised, I was disappointed that at the last minute, Amber and her mother decided not to testify (the defense called no witnesses). It seems to me testifying would have given Amber the opportunity to tell her side of the story or to dispute the evidence that was presented against her. Yet she chose to stay silent.
    My legal team would have liked an opportunity to ask the questions they had ready for her. They were eager to ask about inconsistencies in police reports regarding abuse our son suffered. Records contained explanations she provided for injuries, many of which were determined not to be plausible by child abuse experts. They really wanted to explore the untruths she spoke in her November 2017 testimony, particularly when she stated under oath “Mikey never had a relationship with his father” and we have another 8 questions that were answered that can be proven false.
    My Attorneys would have liked to explore her pattern of deceit too, especially as it pertains to interactions with law enforcement or DCFS. During 2016, while Amber was allegedly bettering herself to regain care of our child she was caught secretly interacting with Colin Dameron, a violation of her DCFS service plan and of her previous probation. Please listen to the following call between Amber and Colin while he was in jail.   
    While Amber didn’t testify, I most certainly did, and I was very candid about my feelings on the stand. When asked if I want my son and his mother to have a relationship, I answered “yes”. A relationship is a connection that takes on many forms; sometimes we all think it needs to look a certain way. In fact, he already has a relationship with his mother, it is just not a healthy one for him right now. So, in my mind, IF becomes a key word here. IF my son is given time and opportunity to heal. IF my son can be kept safe while in contact with his mother, verbally or physically. IF my son’s second chance, which he was given when I received sole custody, is maintained instead of forfeited for her.
    To reiterate, I just want to keep my son safe. That’s all I have ever done. He was abused emotionally and physically while in his mother’s care. That is factual, the evidence doesn’t lie. It bothers me that there is no acknowledgement or accountability for that abuse. Our son has suffered greatly and continues to suffer from past trauma. He is getting specialized treatment because of it. Where is the empathy for what has been done to him? Denying it only continues a pattern of mistrust. It seems in stark contrast to the recommendations Dr. Garfinkle shared on how to reestablish a parent-child relationship after mistreatment with significant trauma has happened.
    To further explain my remark about my son’s second chance not being forfeited for his mother to have yet another chance. This is not the first time there has been an issue involving her mistreatment of her children and in the past, she has risked reestablishing a relationship with them. I know I shared details of her behavior when she engaged in jail conversations with Colin Dameron when a no contact order was in place. But another example is that her own parents questioned the deleterious effects of her parenting back in 2015 and pleaded for her to do right by them. They even attempted to have my son’s half-sister stay with them in Colorado. Not that I trust her parent’s motives, but that aside, Amber continued to ignore that she was damaging them or take responsibility for her actions, much like she is now when addressing my son’s issues resulting from her conduct. I have included a copy of the e-mail here and am providing this information to demonstrate why I have grave concerns.   2015 Buck Email
    This case is complex. My son’s behavioral issues are complicated and need to be handled delicately per the recommendations of the professionals treating him. As you can imagine, I’m having a hard time dealing with corners continually being cut when it comes to the best interests of my son. Despite what has been or may be relayed, I have not denied Amber the opportunity to see him. In fact, my legal team and I were open to supervised visits while she was in Massachusetts. But please understand, my son is very fearful of his mother. He has meltdowns daily in response to court ordered calls. If not handled properly, an in-person meeting can do significant damage to his recovery. Because of this, it is very important to have set parameters prior to a visitation.
    The recommendation was made that Amber first meet with our son’s psychologist to discuss his ongoing treatment and to prepare her for a visit. It would then be followed up by a two-hour supervised visit. Initially, she agreed to this plan. Yet, once the court decided that Dr. Garfinkle would not testify to specifics related to Mikey’s care, Amber decided against it. If she wanted to see our son so badly, and truly wanted what is in his best interests, then why wouldn’t she take the opportunity to meet with his doctor about the best way to approach this precious little boy without causing more trauma?
    While I know it is difficult to walk in another’s shoes, I can honestly say if roles were reversed, I would do anything to see my son. I would also try to do it in the least upsetting way possible. I would prepare. I would do anything that was asked of me. That has been shown in my actions and it is why I was given custody. But that isn’t what happened when Amber requested time with our son. She asked to see him (directed her request to my legal team, not asking the court to intervene or order visitation), however refused to follow the parameters asked of her and for a second time left Massachusetts without seeing our son. 
    For me, the most disturbing moment of the day in court came during my testimony describing physical injuries my son suffered while in his mother’s care. At this time, two pictures of the abuse had already been entered into evidence when I noticed Amber continually smirking at me. I was so upset by her behavior given the disturbing topics being discussed that I asked the Judge to address it. Thankfully, he was very firm with her and ordered the inappropriate behavior to be stopped immediately.
    Judge Cronan made it known that my son will not be removed from the state while we wait for his decision, which is due by September 10th. The hearing was to request a stay that would keep my beloved little boy in Massachusetts during the appeal process, which is to settle a dispute over jurisdiction. Until then, I am cherishing every second with my son while I continue to pray that Massachusetts will take emergency jurisdiction of this case.
    Sometimes I just want to ask the people in power who seem motivated by anything other than my child’s safety and best interest – you tell me if someone harmed your child over and over again for years you’d be eager for them to spend any unsupervised time with that child let alone return them to that individual’s custody.  My son is not the only one with trust issues towards his mother, and I would expect the courts and professionals involved to feel the same way or at least acknowledge and understand it.  Ignore my feelings if you must, but please validate Mikey’s as they are a legitimate and real response.  In my eyes and medical/mental health professionals eyes, by ignoring him they are continuing the cycle of abuse, wielding power and putting him in harm’s way.  Tell me, if you have to drop on your knees and pray every day that the mother of your child doesn’t kill him that you wouldn’t see the light in what Mikey needs from the big people in his life – care, consideration, and to be treated as someone important in their life.  I know he is the most important human in my world
    Kind Regards,
    Michel Brian Cadena Sr.”

    • Ride or Die
      October 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      LOL. These supporters are desperate to keep up their story! Isn’t this copied and pasted from that terrible blogger the article quoted or is this really dad commenting from jail??

    • AJ Klein
      October 13, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      “I can honestly say if roles were reversed, I would do anything to see my son” I almost laughed, but caught myself when I remembered how serious this case actually is. You’d do anything but didn’t bother turning up to court so many times? What a load of crap.

    • DawnyP
      October 27, 2018 at 11:58 am

      BLN News is led by our local conspiracy nut. She is in cahoots with another local conspiracy nut and resident police scanner follower, who leads News Happening in Bloomington on Facebook. These two separately are lunatics, together, is just insanity.

      There is little credible about her site. If someone points me in her direction for information, I shut them down immediately. I even told Michael Cadena if he wanted to be taken seriously, had to do better than BLN News. I told Michael Cadena that if he had the proof he claims, he needs to fight. He literally asked me how he can “fight more.” It’s freaking simple man – GO TO COURT. I don’t know how this lost on him.

  • Father Bloggrr
    October 8, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Where my comment?

  • Father Blogger
    October 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm
  • Maggie the Cat
    October 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Just like every other action from people who live at this level in society, the only thing that matters here is money, and who gets that money. Whoever it is, it’s easier than working a real job…particularly when the person who’s asking has a long criminal record. Unemployment is so low now that companies are even hiring people with non-violent criminal records. But they’re not going to hire somebody with criminal convictions at the level of Cardena’s convictions. So GFM is the only chance he has, and he has to pretend it’s for the good of his son. It’s not, of course, but the suckers are falling for it.

  • foleyworld
    Donthassle the Hoff
    October 8, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Typical Weymouth bruh class dirtbag! Weymouth is Quincy’s poor ugly stepsister and full of sleazy scoundrels like this!

  • Mr. U
    October 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Call me crazy, but making methamphetamine is far worse of a moral and character offense than assault and battery. It’s one thing to deal pot or even coke but meth is Defcon 5 on the slime scale.

    • Frank Rizzo
      October 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Mr U u suk. In no way is making meth a more serious crime than attempted murder. While making meth is pretty fuckin’ ratchet shit, trying to kill someone is far worse. Once again Mr U u suk. Whatta fuckin’ puke.

    • Hugh-Bo Mont
      October 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      And, to add to what the esteemed Mr. Rizzo said, if cocaine or heroin was as easy to “cook up” as meth, nobody would be hearing about or using meth today. And please don’t think I’m giving her a pass for her past, but she may have finally woke up, in the good sense.

    • JummyBeam
      October 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      You’re crazy, there are you happy? You actually score the cooking of meth as worse than attempting to end a human life??? Maybe you e been hitting the meth yourself. Actually both acts are full blown ratchet but you’re trying to rate them and justify one in comparison to the other????? That’s like saying “ Well I may be a rapist, but I’m not a murderer so I’m not a bad guy” 

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