Father, Jeff Sandberg, and his family have suffered a terrible loss. He has decided to turn his tragedy into an effort to change the laws in Minnesota. He has started these efforts even before his son’s burial. The law that he wants to change has to do with psych evals. This is somewhat interesting since they had a psych eval ordered at the beginning of their custody dispute on March 27, 2015.

During their custody dispute, the trial court found father guilty of domestic abuse and then determined that father overcame the presumption that joint custody was not in the best interest of the child, and awarded father a step-up parenting plan to eventually reach a 5-2-2-5 equal parenting plan.

The dispute between these two parents wasn’t particularly longer than most custody disputes. Father and his attorney describe the mother as a continued “disrupting force” after the custody determination.

There are other parents who have experienced this same tragic loss of a child and have written books in attempts to find ways to identify these problems and solve them in ways that better protect the children. One of them is Rod McCall, author of “For the Love of Eryk.” One of the key elements to watch for is alienating behaviors. You can learn more about parental alienation from Rod’s book and by going to PAAO-USA and by purchasing books on parental alienation.


The following is the obituary the Star Tribune posted where the family uses the obituary to push for a change in custody laws:

Jude Nicolas Sandberg

Sandberg, Jude Nicolas Age 5, of Minnetonka. Jude was a happy, energetic and outgoing little boy. He loved anything to do with cars. He loved fishing at the cabin and floor hockey with his dad and brother, Nico. He was very social and made many friends in his 5 short years. His life was tragically cut short. The family wants to try and make good out of this senseless tragedy. To that end we will be working with senators and legislators to pass a new law, Jude’s law, in his name to require additional psychological testing in certain circumstances to prevent this from ever happening to another family. Additionally the family wishes to create a scholarship in Jude’s name. We take comfort in knowing that Jude is with God in heaven, our little angel that will be so sorely missed by his daddy, brother, family and friends. I will meet you again in Heaven my little Ju Ju Bean. Survived by, loving family, father Jeff Sandberg, brother Nicolas Sandberg, grandparents Dennis and Gloria Sandberg, aunt Joelle (Steve) Skarvan, uncle Steve (Sara) Sandberg, cousins Mae & Elsa Sandberg and Bill, Samantha & Ben Mennell, many other family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at 11 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven (952-473-4422). Visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred for a scholarship in Jude’s name. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595 huberfunerals.com



According to Channel 5 ABC news, “Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said his department was notified of a requested welfare check at the residence at 4:10 p.m. Monday because the child had not returned to his father for parenting. An officer who went to the residence noted it was locked and that nobody answered the door.


The responding officer told the father they could do another welfare check later in the evening with more information, but at the time there appeared to be no danger to welfare or safety, Farniok said.

At 8 p.m., officers were called back to the home where they were met by a family member who provided keys and asked them to check inside. Officers found both the woman and boy hanged. Farniok said at the press conference they were found in the home’s basement. 


The police chief said it appeared the deaths occurred before the officer responded to the residence on the first welfare check request. He said the last reported contact with the woman and the boy was by a family member on Sunday.”


“The family and friends of Jude Sandberg are experiencing pain and grief beyond measure, and request privacy and space – and prayers – at this time.”


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