Baby Wyatt V. Judge Lemkau Katie Tagle Speaks LISTEN TO THE MOTHER!



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Baby Wyatt V. Judge Lemkau


On March 8th at the Victorvile Joseph B. Campbell Courthouse around 100 protesters picketed against Judge Robert Lemkau for a unjust ruling he made that caused the death of Katie Tagle's 9 month old baby Wyatt.


VICTORVILLE • A judge who refused to grant a restraining order against a man who later killed his son then himself apologized on Wednesday to the mother for comments he made to her in court.

Judge Robert Lemkau had called Katie Tagle a liar when she tried to get a restraining order against her estranged boyfriend, Stephen Garcia, on January 21.

Ten days later law enforcement authorities found Garcia and the couples 9-month-old son Wyatt shot to death in a car in Twin Peaks in an apparent murder-suicide.

I deeply apologize for my comments to you, Lemkau told Tagle at a court hearing in Victorville regarding custody mediation over the child. Lemkau appeared to read from a prepared statement when he made his remarks to Tagle.

Lemkau continued his apology as Tagle, of Yucca Valley, listened with tears in her eyes and a photo of her deceased son Wyatt in front of her on the table. Tagle wore the same blue dress she wore to Wyatts memorial service.

Near the end of his two-minute speech, Lemkau said that he could not foresee at the time of the restraining order hearing what would happen.

Tagle petitioned Lemkau for a restraining order against Garcia, 25, of Pinon Hills. Lemkau denied the request although Tagle warned him that Garcia threatened to kill their son.

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Tomoya Shimura may be reached at tshimura@VVDailyPress.com or (760) 955-5368.

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