(KMOV) -- A mom tells News 4 a judge could have kept her son safe from a brutal attack, but didn’t.
The 14-year-old boy used his cell phone to record his father allegedly attacking him.
Kenneth Madsen is now charged with punching and choking his son.
But through our investigation, we learned that a judge denied a request for an order of protection against Madsen, one month before the incident.
“He was afraid he was going to hurt him and that’s exactly what happened,” said the boy’s mother, Christine Prince.
In January, Christine Prince and her son tried to get an order of protection against Kenneth Madsen.
“There’s a pattern of violence, unfortunately,” Prince said.
According to Madison County court documents, the teen said he was scared to death of his dad, who they said frequently drinks, uses drugs and then gets violent.
“He has a rage and anger problem,” Prince said.
But in April, just one month before the teen was hurt; a judge denied the order of protection and forced the son back into his father’s care.
“Do you feel the justice system failed to protect your son?” asked News 4 Reporter Lauren Trager, “Yes,” Prince said.
We went to the courthouse to get answers, but the judge wouldn’t see us.
Over the phone Judge Janet Heflen told me she would not comment on specific cases and refused to talk even in general about orders of protection.
Prince says she wants other parents to know: “They are not protecting children over there.”
Madsen has since bonded out of jail and has been ordered to stay away from his son. He could not be reached for a comment.