She said she tried telling the detective her daughter tells stories and asked how the interview was done and how the confession came about.
The mother then had to talk to a Department of Human Services case worker who told her she was a “bad mom” and wasn’t “protecting her child,” the mother testified.
“I couldn’t do anything,” she said.
DHS took the mother’s son away later that day, as well. Both the son and daughter were taken to a shelter where she was not allowed to contact them. The son was allowed to be back with his mother about four days later, but the daughter remained in the state’s custody for eight months.
The mother said she had to follow several court orders to get custody of her daughter again. Her daughter was to have no contact with Pellebon and the mother was not to discuss the case with her children or ask them any questions about it. She also had to undergo counseling, seminars, mental evaluations, drug tests and more, she said.
When asked if there was anything the court would have ordered her to do that she wouldn’t have done to get back custody of her daughter, she replied “no.”
The woman’s daughter testified in court last week. During that testimony, she told the jury Pellebon removed her clothes, his clothes, got on top of her on a bed and put his arms on her arms. She said he then moved his body up and down and told her not to tell anyone. She said it happened on two different occasions.
Another incident occurred in the shower when Pellebon touched her repeatedly in private areas, the girl testified.
Wednesday’s testimony of several doctors focused on confabulation. Confabulation was described as fabricating information to fill gaps in memory or fabricating information to please others and make a connection with them.