Judge William Brogan Conducts Secret Hearing
POSTED: Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 6:36pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 1:08pm
ALAMOGORDO, NM - An Alamogordo mom is in jeopardy of losing custody of her daughter for no apparent reason and the judge in the hearing is blocking anyone from finding out why.
Judge William Brogan held today's custody hearing in secret and forced Rosa Caje, the mom, to keep quiet about what happened in what seems like an illegal prior restraint.
We asked Judge Brogan to talk to us about his reasons for the secrecy in the case but he refused to even come out of his office.
Last April, Caje was arrested for refusing to hand her daughter Olivia over to a woman named Mary Bruer.
Caje and her daughter lived with Bruer for a few months and because of that, the court named Bruer the psychological grandmother.
The court then gave Bruer full custody of Olivia.
Bruer has no blood relation to Olivia and at 2-and-a-half years old, Olivia doesn't likely remember Bruer.
There has never been an investigation from the children youth and families department that would give reason to take Olivia away from her mom.
Caje had said from the start that Bruer is getting support from friends in high places.
Today Bruer didn't want to talk to us on camera.
Instead she directed us to her attorney who told us this is just about a child seeing her grandmother (psychological grandmother.)
In December, a court ruled in favor of Caje and said there was no reason for Bruer to have custody of her child.
Bruer turned to Judge William Brogan to have that decision reversed and now Judge Brogan is conducting the hearing in secret.
We will continue to follow this developing story.