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Jim Kenyon: Mother Fights Restraining Order Loophole

Jim Kenyon: Mother Fights Restraining Order Loophole

Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon in West Lebanon, N.H., on September 15, 2016. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

During her emotional testimony before a New Hampshire legislative committee on Tuesday in Concord, Alonda Peterson broke down only once. Considering what Peterson has gone through for the last 10 months to keep her daughter out of harm’s way, I’d say she held up remarkably well.

Last spring, Peterson and her 9-year-old daughter had a heart-to-heart conversation that would break any mother’s heart. After their talk, Peterson felt she had no other choice than to report her father — her daughter’s grandfather — to police.

In May, John Knott Jr., of Canaan, was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his granddaughter. According to court documents, the alleged incident occurred at the family’s timeshare condo at a North Conway, N.H., resort while Knott was caring for Peterson’s daughter and 11-year-old son during last April’s school vacation week. Both children were diagnosed at an early age with autism, a developmental disability that can affect a person’s ability to communicate and to interact with others.

Knott, […]

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Jim Kenyon: Mother Fights Restraining Order Loophole

Jim Kenyon: Mother Fights Restraining Order Loophole

Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon in West Lebanon, N.H., on September 15, 2016. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

During her emotional testimony before a New Hampshire legislative committee on Tuesday in Concord, Alonda Peterson broke down only once. Considering what Peterson has gone through for the last 10 months to keep her daughter out of harm’s way, I’d say she held up remarkably well.

Last spring, Peterson and her 9-year-old daughter had a heart-to-heart conversation that would break any mother’s heart. After their talk, Peterson felt she had no other choice than to report her father — her daughter’s grandfather — to police.

In May, John Knott Jr., of Canaan, was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his granddaughter. According to court documents, the alleged incident occurred at the family’s timeshare condo at a North Conway, N.H., resort while Knott was caring for Peterson’s daughter and 11-year-old son during last April’s school vacation week. Both children were diagnosed at an early age with autism, a developmental disability that can affect a person’s ability to communicate and to interact with others.

Knott, […]

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