Stephen Ames Berry
Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid was cunningly planned and brazenly executed. It could have succeeded but for the kindly old grandfather standing in the doorway.
This is my sneering son-in-law, Professor Somangshu Mukherji of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, lying derisively as he tries to make off with our two-year-old grandson under the guise of a court approved visitation. (Video timeline below and on also on YouTube.)
Our Grandson’s Not His Blood Relative
Somangshu’s a nontenured associate professor of Music and an Indian national. Our grandson’s not his blood relative. Somanghsu’s marriage to our severely bipolar American daughter enabled him to obtain his Green Card, the gateway to his professorship at a prestigious US university.
Court Judges Abusive Spouse Better Parent Than Loving Mom
In January, after years of forced isolation, neglect and abuse by Somangshu, our daughter and grandson Avram escaped to our home in Herkimer New York. Somangshu was soon in pursuit. He had joint physical custody of the child at the time of his visit. Over our daughter’s strenuous objections, the Ann Arbor Family Court granted Somangshu an unsupervised visit.
Ann Arbor Michigan’s a university town. Its courts give even the nuttiest professor great deference. It opened the way for Somangshu to snatch grandson Avram and take him back to Michigan with no legal consequences and no additional legal fees. Most importantly, he’d avoid paying child support of $1,000 a month for Avram. Getting the kid into that waiting taxi and heading for the airport would be Somangshu’s Mission Accomplished.
Our Daughter’s Damning Indictment of Husband Somangshu Mukherji
File copy of our daughter’s Answer to Somangshu Mukherji’s Complaint and Motion for Custody of her son. There were other filings. This pretty much says it all:
Rude and Demanding and At Our Door
Video Timeline of Somangshu Mukhjeri’s Raid
0:01 – 0:30 Green Card Dad Somangshu Mukherji [SM] arrives via cab at our home from the airport. Storms the house. I open the door.
0:31 – 0:55 SM “Give me my son.” Avram’s his son on paper only, a Green Card son. His wife believes he signed the birth certificate to enhance his immigration status.
0:56 SM “I’m calling the police.” I remind him that he doesn’t have a lawful NY visitation order.
1:03 – 1:22 I advise SM that he is trespassing.
1:22 – 1:56 SM Refuses to let me step out onto my porch. I do anyway. SM again demands “my son.” I order him from our property. He refuses to leave. Happily, he’d rather be outed lying on camera than do anything I ask.
Litany of Lies Begins
2:06 – 2:20 SM, still refusing to leave, calls Herkimer Police: “This is about a custody order I’m here to fulfill.” He has a Michigan court visitation order. Had he a custody order, he would have no authority to fulfill it: Somangshu Mukherji is a foreign national and a Michigan resident.
2:22- 2:58 SM complains to Herkimer Police that I am threatening him, and violating his unenforceable Michigan court order, which he now says is a visitation order.
2:59 SM complains to police that I am “harassing [him] openly.”
3:04 – 4:20 SM tells Herkimer police that I am “violating a standing custody order.” (He does not have a custody order from anywhere). Miscellaneous verbal abuse from SM.
3:55 – 4:21 BRIEF MOMENT OF TRUTH: SM gives police his name and cellphone number (908-705-5616).
4:24 SM falsely states that his taxi driver is a witness to my “harassing” him. The taxi is out of sight around the corner, the driver in the cab. (My cameras are my witnesses.)
4:30 SM tells Herkimer Police that he’s spoken with Herkimer County Undersheriff Scott Scherer.
05:01 SM at last leaves our property to await the police. (Note: no taxi in sight.)
Herkimer Police Arrive
5:04 – 5:44 Herkimer Police arrive. (Officers Carbone and Holt.) SM meets them. I follow and point out that his court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court, which expense SM has avoided.
06:00 – 06:25 I repeat same to Herkimer officers when they interview me. I note that SM was trespassing and refused to leave when ordered. They send him on his way.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Retreat
06:27 – 06:57 SM leaves the area afoot. (Later spotted around the corner, presumably awaiting a cab to airport.)
06:58 – 08:27 SM has complained to police that he fears his “son” is being abused by his pedophile grandfather, crazy grandmother and neglected by his crazy mother. (It’s in their report.) They’re obligated to follow up. Which they do and depart. It’s the same toxic twaddle SM previously filed with New York Child Protection Services. They closed the matter as “unfounded.”
08:28 – End Before leaving the area, SM has friendly chat with the Barton Gang’s Joyce Barton, who delightedly spreads tales of our troubles to the neighbors. SM in his custody filings has already cited the Bartons’ criminal activities shown in our videos as evidence of how dangerous the neighborhood is for our grandchild.
Abusive and Controlling Behavior
I’ve known Somangshu Mukherji for 16 years. He’s gone from the seemingly nice kid we saved from deportation when he was at Harvard (allegedly “academic dishonesty”) to a scourge of God on our family. Our daughter, his wife, is terrified of him. Obviously he lies a lot. He may even believe what he’s saying because he’s saying it. Classic behavior of a malignant narcissist.
As you can see, Somangshu’s already established a working relationship with the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department, which later aided him in the illegal taking of our grandchild. On this day Herkimer Police sent him packing.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid is an chilling example of how easily a biased judge can fuel a disastrous result and ruin a child’s life.
Here’s Avram with his first-ever toys. We bought them for him when he arrived in Herkimer. Somangshu, our daughter told the court, never once bought his beloved “son” clothes, shoes or toys. “Never a dime,” she said.
Change to post: Updated 7/13/19 to include copy of daughter’s Answer to Mukherji’s Motion for sole custody of her son.