More than a month after they were ordered to return to Kansas with their father, the Wolferts sisters are speaking out about alleged trauma they’ve incurred since being moved in March.
Danielle and Sydney Wolferts, 15 and 16, respectively, were found at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 3 in Pleasant Grove with their mother, Michelle Wolferts, at the Green Grove Apartments. The two sisters were reported missing in July 2014 while they had visitation with their mother.
The two girls, along with their older sister, Brittany Wolferts Dangerfield, and their mother have accused their father, Brian Wolferts, of psychological and emotional abuse and neglect on multiple occasions. He has constantly defended himself and said the alleged abused is a part of brainwashing brought on by his ex-wife.
On Wednesday and Thursday, two separate hearings were held by Judge Christine Johnson to discuss custodial and divorce matters.
On Wednesday, Johnson noted that Brian Wolferts has violated numerous court orders, the first being that he’s kept the girls in his home.
When the girls were ordered back to Kansas, they were ordered to live with a neutral third party while legal matters were sorted out and because a Utah Division of Child and Family Services investigation found reason to believe he was emotionally abusive.
As a part of their release to Kansas, court record show both parties were to suggest a credible therapist within a week. Court records show the therapist has been uncooperative with the guardian ad litem in reporting the girls’ progress, and a new therapist has been recommended.
The two were also supposed to have supervised visitation and monitored phone calls with Dangerfield and their mother. But since they’ve been with their father, not even the guardian ad litem has been able to speak with them.
“It’s very concerning. Their safety is a huge concern,” Dangerfield said. “A lot of people hoped that if and when they went back, everything would go smooth. That is exactly the opposite of what has gone on.”
Court documents show Johnson was frustrated with these violations, acknowledging that an experienced and credible therapist needs to be counseling Sydney and Danielle. Johnson also ordered that the guardian ad litem be allowed to speak privately with the girls.
“Every court order that he was ordered, he refused to do any of it,” Dangerfield said.
The guardian ad litem reported on Thursday to Johnson that she spoke with Danielle and Sydney Wednesday night, and said they don’t feel safe in their father’s home.
“They said they were afraid to talk because of repercussions,” Dangerfield said. “They said they’ve been roughed up and extremely traumatized since they were taken in March.”
Dangerfield said Danielle and Sydney didn’t discuss to what degree they’ve been traumatized, but they told their guardian ad litem they’re not lying.
“They’d take a polygraph and do anything to prove they’re telling the truth,” Dangerfield said.
Dangerfield said another court hearing with Johnson is planned for the future, but the date has not yet been set.
Dangerfield said she hopes her sisters can speak more about their circumstances to smooth out the numerous accusations flying from both sides of this issue that they’ve found themselves at the center of.
“It’s really scary that two girls who have tried and tried to speak haven’t had their words heard,” she said.
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