Evelyn Nissirios — My Mandated Warning of Child Abuse to the Saddle River School District Superintendent

Bandy X. Lee
4 min readJan 18, 2024

When the Saddle River School Board President Ignored My Mandated Warning Concerning Evelyn Nissirios’ Child Abuse, I Copied the Saddle River School District Superintendent

I am documenting the below at the request of Saddle River community members.

As a mandated reporter, I am legally required to continue reporting, warning, and protecting until the child abuse stops. Evelyn Nissirios has practiced multiple instances of child abduction, child abuse, and child torture with impunity, through abuse of her authority as “guardian ad litem.” By the third time I wrote to the Saddle River School Board president regarding my concerns about Nissirios’ endangerment of children and received no response, I copied the Saddle River School District superintendent, Gina Cinotti, and other Board members to the following letter:

March 6, 2023

Re: Concerns Regarding Board Member, Evelyn Nissirios

Dear Mr. Peros:

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I could be of further assistance. This matter needs to be investigated, as the enabling of child abuse through lies and perjury, tampering of evidence, and interference with Child Protection Services investigations are serious offenses for a member on any School Board of Education.

Kind regards,

Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.

Forensic Psychiatrist and Violence Expert; Co-founder, Violence Prevention Institute; President, World Mental Health Coalition; Author of Textbook, Violence

The letter went to: Gina Cinotti; Emily Kaufman; Yasmin Elshami; Elizabeth Salazer; Kaitlyn Lawler; and the Saddle River School District Business Office, along with medical evidence of Evelyn Nissirios’ abuse of children. As noted at the end of the New Jersey Statutes, any person who knowingly violates the statutes on child abuse, including the failure to report an act of child abuse, having reasonable cause to believe that an act of child abuse has been committed, is a chargeable offense. All of the above persons were given evidence of reasonable cause, and yet all failed to investigate or report.

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Below are the selected New Jersey Statutes I attached to my letter, as pertaining to Evelyn Nissirios’ direct, indirect, or criminal co-conspiracy to commit child abuse. The full statutes are available here. Statutes concerning child abuse are found under Title 9. Children — Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts.

9:6–1. ABUSE, ABANDONMENT, CRUELTY AND NEGLECT OF CHILD; WHAT CONSTITUTES

Abuse of a child [by] (a) disposing of the custody of a child contrary to law;… (e) the performing of any indecent, immoral or unlawful act or deed, in the presence of a child, that may tend to debauch or endanger or degrade the morals of the child;… (g) using excessive physical restraint on the child under circumstances which do not indicate that the child’s behavior is harmful to himself, others or property….

Abandonment of a child [by] (b) failing to care for and keep the control and custody of a child so that the child shall be exposed to physical or moral risk without proper and sufficient protection….

Cruelty to a child [by] (b) inflicting upon a child unnecessary suffering or pain, either mental or physical; (c) habitually tormenting, vexing or afflicting a child; (d) any willful act of omission or commission whereby unnecessary pain and suffering, whether mental or physical, is caused or permitted to be inflicted on a child; (e) … exposing a child to unnecessary hardship, fatigue or mental or physical strains that may tend to injure the health or physical or moral well-being of such child.

Neglect of a child [by] (a) willfully failing to provide proper and sufficient food, clothing, maintenance, regular school education as required by law, medical attendance or surgical treatment, and a clean and proper home, (b) failure to do or permit to be done any act necessary for the child’s physical or moral well-being….

9:6–8.9. ABUSED CHILD; CHILD ABUSE DEFINED

[The perpetrator of child abuse:]

b. Creates or allows to be created a substantial or ongoing risk of physical injury to such child by other than accidental means which would be likely to cause death or serious or protracted disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ….

d. Or a child whose physical, mental, or emotional condition has been impaired or is in imminent danger of becoming impaired as the result of the failure of his parent or guardian, or such other person having his custody and control, to exercise a minimum degree of care (1) in supplying the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, education, medical or surgical care though financially able to do so or though offered financial or other reasonable means to do so, … (2) in providing the child with proper supervision or guardianship, by unreasonably inflicting or allowing to be inflicted harm, or substantial risk thereof,… or by any act of a similarly serious nature….

f. Or a child who … (2) has been willfully isolated from ordinary social contact under circumstances which indicate emotional or social deprivation….

9:6–8.10. REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE

Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuse or acts of child abuse shall report the same immediately to DCF’s Child Protection and Permanency by telephone or otherwise….

9:6–8.14. VIOLATIONS INCLUDING FAILURE TO MAKE REPORT; DISORDERLY PERSON

Any person knowingly violating the provisions of this act including the failure to report an act of child abuse having reasonable cause to believe that an act of child abuse has been committed, is a disorderly person.

*This is the fourth of a short series of weekly articles devoted to the information I am providing the Saddle River community about a member on its School Board, begun at the request of a local official. Despite the many articles, this is still the tip of the iceberg, and more will be revealed in the upcoming book, Judicial Violence: Anatomy of a Family Court Case. Those who have additional information to share can reach me here. Thank you.

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Bandy X. Lee

Forensic psychiatrist, violence expert, president of the World Mental Health Coalition (worldmhc.org), and New York Times bestselling author.