Here is the original docket sheet showing proceedings before Judge Janow in 1986. It should be noted that although Judge Janow makes reference to "present custodians", he does not identify them or say who they are nor is there a specific appealable order which awards custody to them.

On August 27, 1986, Charles and Shelby Roberts filed a petition for the custody of the child. However, at that time, the child was not in Virginia. The child was in New York, where the parents had legal custody and visitation by order of the Bronx Supreme Court. Therefore, Virginia clearly had no jurisdiction over the matter.

The docket sheet several times refers to "visitation". However, there was never any visitation. I had the child all along. Shelby Roberts was merely a paid baby-sitter. Had Judge Janow conducted a hearing, he would have found that out. However, he conducted proceedings entirely ex-parte and there was never a hearing.

Perhaps the greatest matter of current significance is the 9/04/86 entry where it says "9/05/86 (in error)". Why is this important? Because from the dates of the orders it looks like an order was issued on 9/04 awarding custody to the Amherst County Department of Social Services (who had never petitioned for custody) and then on 9/05 that had been reversed and Charles and Shelby Roberts had been awarded custody.

However, in reality, as this docket sheet and the actual wording of the orders show, the last and controlling order was the one which gave the Amherst County Department of Social Services custody.

Therefore, when Charles Roberts kidnapped Shamema Honzagool Sloan on October 7-9, 1990 in the United Arab Emirates and brought her to Virginia, he did not even have custody in Virginia, much less in New York or Abu Dhabi. Charles Roberts was clearly guilty of kidnapping.

Docket Sheet of Proceedings before Judge Janow
Docket Sheet of Proceedings before Judge Janow

Re: Custody of Shamema Honzagool Sloan

1/31/86 Petition filed by Ismail Sloan seeking custody of above named child. (Petition. J1731-1 - Code 16.1-241 A3)

1/22/86 ORDER of appointment of David Embrey, Esq. for Honzagool.
ORDER of appointment of Guardian ad litem, J. Shrader, for Shamema Honzagool Sloan.

4/02/86 ORDER - Court takes temporary jurisdiction w/ temporary custody to Ismail Sloan and present custodians w/ physical custody to present custodians; appropriate jurisdiction to be determined; no one to secret childs whereabouts and child to remain within Commonwealth of Virginia unless Order entered allowing otherwise; Court Service to complete report; visitation to father; and, case continued to 8/25/86.

4/02/86 ORDER - File sealed with regard to names of custodians.

8/05/86 ORDER - Ismail Sloan allowed to take child to N.C. for day on 8/06/86.

8/21/86 ORDER - Order of Publication Issued upon petition of Ismail Sloan to locate Honzagool.

8/25/86 ORDER - Case remains in status quo w/ child to be enrolled in Temple Baptist pending disposition of case; case cont. to 10/08/86 and, effective 9/07/86, physical custody to Ismail Sloan visitation to custodians as Counsel agrees.

8/27/86 Petition filed by Frank Davidson, III, Esq., on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts seeking custody of above named child. (Petition J1731-2 Code 16.1-241 A3).

8/28/86 ORDER of appointment of David Embrey, Esq. for Honzagool.
ORDER of appointment of Guardian ad litem, J. Shrader, for Shamema Honzagool Sloan

8/29/86 ORDER - Order of Publication. issued 8/21/86 amended to change. (correct) address of Honzagool.

9/04/86 ORDER - Entry date of order 9/05/86 (in error). Contrary to interest of child and order of Court, Ismail Sloan failed to return child from visitation; therefore, Order of 8/25/86 is suspended and 4/02/86 Order is reinstated leaving physical custody w/ custodians and that child is a missing child, pursuant to Section 15.1-131.9, and appropriate agency is Ordered to seize child and place in custody of Department of Social Services for Amherst.

9/04/86 ADDENDUM ORDER TO 9/04/86 ORDER - For purpose. of interpretation and enforcement of 9/04/86 Order legal custody of child awarded to Amherst County Department f Social Services w/ right to place as deemed appropriate..

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9/08/86 ORDER - Order of Publication issued upon petition of custodians by Counsel to locate Ismail Sloan and Honzagool.

9/08/86 ORDER - Authorized the release of records held by Dr. Richard Bennett.

9/22/86 ORDER - Authorized the release of records w/ regard to Ismail Sloan to be turned over to Vicki Jennings, Counselor of Court Service Unit.

10/17/86 Court Service Unit report completed by Vicki Jennings. filed w/ Court along with attachments: Report of Dr. Bennett and copy of letter dated 10/06/86 to Hon. Lawrence Janow from Ismail Sloan.

10/23/86 Article on Missing Child (Shamema H. Sloan) filed as published in Real Estate Review, Vol. 7, Issue 15.

10/29/86 Reply of Respondent Honzagool filed w/ Court.


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