THE former partner of Carly Jones, who died aged just 25 of cervical cancer, has banned her mother from seeing his children.
Carly tried for three years to bring her two sons back from Germany to Saltney. Two years ago, in July 2007, she lost her fight for life and her mother Jean has continued efforts to get custody of her boys.
But now, angered by accusations made against him, Carly’s ex-partner and the father of her children insists: “I am now forbidding contact completely.”
Speaking from his German home, James Crowther dismissed allegations that he has left one of his sons with his parents.
“One is in foster care, the other is in my full custody,” he said. “The one in foster care is there because on birth he had problems with his lungs.”
Jean Jones is campaigning for European law to be changed so that she can gain custody of Carly’s sons. And at the end of last month a trip to Westminster to lobby politicians on the issue was cancelled at the last minute.
Mr Crowther added: “There is no love lost between myself and my partner’s mother, but I never once prevented any contact.”
Mr Crowther accepts that he and Carly had financial problems and that the boys were at one point placed into social services care.
He adds: “It was made out in the court that the children could visit with their mother but it would cost £10,000 to send them over. The court wanted Jean and Carly to sign a letter saying they would not be held in Britain and they refused.”
After Carly attempted to commit suicide social workers visited and recommended a care order.
When the children were removed, Carly returned to Saltney and only saw her sons again on several visits to Germany.
Mr Crowther says he has hidden much of what happened from his children as they grow up but fears if Mrs Jones continues her public campaigning, they will be exposed to the dispute.
Mr Crowther added: “All I wish is for the children to grow up with respect for their mother, and I have sympathy for what happened to her, but I will not allow them to think of us all as the bad guys.
“I will not allow them to grow-up with a guilt feeling about the so-called injustices to their mother.”