Michigan mother in custody controversy: 'I felt so alone for nine years'

Posted at 8:12 PM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 14:45:06-04

A rape victim silent for nearly a decade is speaking out after her son's father, a twice convicted rapist, is granted joint custody.

The mother, who will only be identified as Tiffany, said she's spent the last nine years trying to move on with her life. 

In 2008, Tiffany said she was 12 years old when she and her sister snuck out of the house to meet up with a friend. 

She said things went bad after they went for a ride with the friend's 18-year-old uncle.

"On the way back home, he threw out our cell phones," she said. "That's when we knew something was wrong."

Tiffany said Christopher Mirasolo took her and another girl to an abandoned house outside of Brown City where she said they were held against their will for two days with no food or water. 

"When I found out I was pregnant, I was scared," she said.

Tiffany's attorney Rebecca Kiessling said Mirasolo served six and a half months in jail for attempted first degree criminal sexual conduct. 

Less than two years later, he was convicted of a second rape and served time in prison.

"I feel like if he would've got what he was supposed to, this would've never happened," Tiffany said.

Kiessling questioned how Mirasolo only served six and a half months from what should've been 25 years to life.

"I think that there needs to be an investigation into how that happened because another girl was raped as a result," she said.

Mirasolo's attorney says Tiffany and her client had a consensual relationship, even though Michigan law says it's statutory rape. 

"That's crazy, that was the last thing on my mind at 12 years old," Tiffany said.

Kiessling said she's confident her client will be protected. 

"I'm very pleased to see that Judge Ross realized that this judgment was entered in error," she said.

Tiffany said it now finally feels like the whole world is behind her.

"I felt so alone for the last nine years," she said. "I mean, the court system failed me, I lost all my friends, most of my family. I still have some family that doesn't talk to me til this day because I chose to keep my baby."