That must be how Andrea felt after being accosted by her husband and fleeing to her local police department for help.
What happened next was social services took her children and then attempted to prove that the mother was incapable of protecting her children from harm.
But let's start at the beginning.
Husband Becomes Increasingly Violent
In 2006, Andrea was married. Along with her son Jonathan from a previous marriage, Andrea and her new husband had two children, Richard, and Savanna.
Three years into the marriage, Andrea's husband punched her in the face while arguing.
By 2013, Andrea and her husband separated and the children lived primarily with her mother.
A year later, the children attended a party with the father, and when the mother picked up her children her ex-husband noticed marks on Andrea's neck. Enraged, the father called Andrea a "bitch" and "whore" and pinched her neck.
He then ripped off her sunglasses, destroyed them, and then tossed her belongings out of the house. He didn't stop there. Eventually, he punched her and slapped her.
Andrea took refuge that night in her local police department. She couldn't have anticipated that the police would then contact the Department of Children and Family Services, which filed a petition a petition against Andrea.
Her crime? According to the Department, failing to protect her children from their father's violent nature.