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Get a full overview of the Smicală-Jalaskoski drama that has been unfolding for the past years.
The summary of the situation:
Ms. Camelia Smicală left Romania in 2005 and moved to Finland together with her 4 year-old daughter, Andreea, to start a new family with Finnish citizen Petri Jalaskoski. They married later that year. That is when the nightmare for Ms. Smicală started. Immediately after getting married, Petri Jalaskoski and his family started to psychologically abuse both Andreea and her mother. Ms. Smicală-Jalaskoski later got pregnant with their first child (Mihai), and a year later, with their second child (Maria). During the time she was pregnant with Maria, the physical abuse from Petri Jalaskoski started, including against the unborn child.
This tense and toxic atmosphere continued for 5 years, until Ms. Smicală decided to file for divorce. Throughout these years, the violent father verbally, physically, and psychologically abused each and every member of the family: Maria and Mihai, Andreea, and Ms. Camelia. Petri Jalaskoski also tried to kill Ms. Camelia multiple times during these years.
After the divorce, Ms. Smicală-Jalaskoski was taking care of her three children and their household by herself (she never received alimony from her ex-husband, neither throughout the marriage, nor after it ended). Out of revenge, Petri Jalaskoski tried to hurt Ms. Camelia by lying to a local judge about the fact that Ms. Smicală-Jalaskoski is trying to escape Finland with their children. The Court granted Petri Jalaskoski full custody in 3 hours and proceeded to take the children away from their mother. As a consequence, Maria and Mihai have been separated and placed in foster care institutions against their will.
Since then, the Smicală-Jalaskoski family is painfully fighting to be reunited again. Mihai and Maria, now 14 and 13, have been dragged from one foster home to another, from one Finnish institution to another, without any reasonable explanation. They have been isolated from their family and each other. They cannot go to church as they used to (since Maria and Mihai are practicing Christians), nor can they have any contact with their priest, lawyer, or even with the Romanian Ambassador in Finland. The children have been subjected to constant psychological abuse and stress by social workers, because they just want to go home to their loving mother and sister.
Throughout all of this, legal and diplomatic support from competent Romanian authorities has been limited. Finnish authorities have been uncooperative towards the Smicală-Jalaskoskis.
Maria and Mihai’s mental health is deteriorating with each passing day due to the inhuman treatment received from the Finnish social workers.
The full timeline of events:
Camelia Smicală graduates from the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iași, Romania.
Dr. Camelia Smicală finishes her Emergency Medicine (ER) specialization at the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iași, Romania.
1999 – 2005
Dr. Smicală starts working at the Neamț County Hospital in the ER team.
Ms. Camelia Smicală decides to move to Finland together with her 4 year old daughter, Andreea (a child from a previous marriage). She leaves for Finland to be together with Petri Jalaskoski, a Finnish man who has promised Ms. Smicală a better life for them and for Andreea. To be noted: Ms. Smicală had already acquired a certain lifestyle back home, so her reasons for moving away were of sentimental and familial value.
Immediately after signing the marriage certificate, the situation drastically changes for Mrs. Smicală and her daughter. They both begin to be constantly humiliated by the new husband and his family. Everything that the two Romanian women do is heavily criticized or mocked by the Jalaskoski family.
Given this new situation, Dr. Smicală-Jalaskoski is thinking of returning back home to Romania with Andreea. But she finds out that she is pregnant, something that happened immediately after the marriage procession to Petri Jalaskoski. The parents of Ms. Smicală-Jalaskoski did not encourage her to come back home considering that she is pregnant. That act would not have looked good for the Smicală family back in Piatra Neamț (the father of Ms. Smicală is a pediatrician and her mother is a pharmacist, both two well-respected, conservative individuals in the Neamț community).
Due to the constant psychological pressure and chronic stress suffered by the mother, Mihai Smicală-Jalaskoski is born prematurely, two months before term, via an emergency caesarean section. During the operation, the doctors forget a part of the placenta (10 cm) in the uterus. Throughout her stay at the hospital, Dr. Camelia Smicală is treated very poorly by the medical staff because of her Romanian nationality. That is why her request for a checkup is ignored, even though Dr. Smicală tries to communicate with these doctors in English (at that time, Mrs. Smicală did not speak Finnish). The medical body refuses to interact with her and do nothing to solve the operation problem caused by their lack of professionalism.
For 3 months after the birth of Mihai, Dr. Smicală tries to cope with taking care of him as a newborn and looking after her other 5 year-old daughter, Andreea, while being in a critical state of health. Mrs. Smicală eventually decides to get over herself after the terrible experience she has had with Finnish doctors during birth, and she goes to a private clinic regarding her health concerns. A team of doctors discovers the placenta forgotten by the other medics during the cesarean operation, following up with a tissue removal operation for Mrs. Smicală.
Later in 2006
After the second caesarean section (Andreea was also born via a caesarean section), the relationship between Mrs. Camelia Smicală and Petri Jalaskoski turns cold. The stress, the humiliation, and the psychological degradation coming from the Jalaskoski family contribute to the drifting apart of Mrs. Camelia and Petri Jalaskoski.
Immediately after the placenta removal operation, Mrs. Smicală is raped by her husband, resulting in her getting pregnant with their second child. Due to the recent operation and the condition of the uterus, Mrs. Camelia is advised to consider the possibility of a therapeutic abortion. Mrs Smicală refuses this intervention, accepting the possible risks related to the pregnancy period and the birth process. As a practicing Christian, she chooses to keep the child. A considerable moral help during this period comes from the priest Iustin Pârvu, a Romanian monk who stays by Mrs. Camelia’s side and offers his support through phone conversations and prayers.
Petri Jalaskoski physically attacks Mrs. Smicală for the first time in their marriage, even though she is pregnant. He repeatedly hits her in the belly and tries to strangle her. After the beating, Mrs. Smicală goes to the Tampere hospital to get examined for injuries. A forensic certificate is issued, confirming different injuries and aggression received from the husband. Feeling ashamed and dealing with heavy emotions, Dr. Smicală decides not to press charges against the Finnish husband.
25 January 2007
Mrs. Smicală’s third child, Maria, is born through a caesarean operation. The baby is born to term, with an optimal weight, and without any extra-complications.
1 July 2007
The Smicală-Jalaskoski family is preparing to go to the Romanian church for the Sunday service. Petri Jalaskoski begins to physically hit Andreea (now 6 years old), accusing her of stealing something of his. Mrs. Smicala intervenes, taking Andreea from out her husband’s grasp. The mother quickly puts all the children in the car with the help of their nanny (the family hired a Russian nanny for the probationary period of 1 week), and tries to leave without the aggressive husband to go to church, thinking that during the time they are gone, Petri Jalaskoski would calm down.
While Mrs. Smicală has the car in reverse, trying to get out of the parking lot on their street (luckily with the car speed below 10 km / h), the Finnish husband runs to the car, opens the rear door and snatches Mihai from the car (now 1 year old) . Mrs. Smicală reacts immediately in panic, stopping the car and going for her baby. She notices that the husband is holding Mihai’s head very close to the rear wheel of the car, trying to hurt his own child. Shocked by what she sees, Mrs. Smicală instinctively screams, at which point her Finnish husband runs towards her and begins to strangle her. The neighbors come and save Mrs. Smicală from the hands of her husband.
Dr. Smicală performs another medical checkup after this incident to get the forensic certificate. In this document, it is reported that “there are signs of strangulation in accordance with the testimonies of the victim. Even if the externally visible injuries are minor, the strangulation act itself endangers the life of the victim anyhow. ”
As a result of the aggression, Dr. Smicală is taken by the Finnish authorities and sent together with her 3 children to a safety center.
During the stay in the security center, Mrs. Smicală does not receive a translator to explain anything that is happening (neither in Romanian nor in English), and the employees of that center refuse to speak to the members of the Smicală-Jalaskoski family in English. The violent husband, Petri Jalaskoski, is brought in as a translator, who refuses to speak either Romanian or English to Mrs. Smicală herself. This is another point of psychological abuse and emotional blackmail from the husband towards Mrs. Smicală.
A police investigation is conducted, but they refuse to hear out witnesses for the case (the nanny wasn’t asked to testify because she is from Russia, and thus, the police said that her statement would not be taken into account by Finnish law; neither is Mrs. Smicală’s eldest daughter, Andreea, asked to testify as a witness).
During their stay at this center, the Smicală-Jalaskoski family does not receive any psychological counseling. The environment of the safety center makes the family members feel more like prisoners in a prison than victims who are being cared for. Dr. Smicală asks for assistance from the Romanian Embassy in Finland, but she does not receive any support from the Romanian authorities.
The Smicală-Jalaskoski family spends 1 month in this safety center.
In these circumstances, being scared and confused about what was happening around her (not understanding what was being said in Finnish to her, being forced to sign documents without having the materials translated, etc.), Mrs. Smicală decides to return to the abusive home together with the children. Her plan is to learn Finnish in record time, which would allow her to find a stable job. This move would ensure a certain independence from the spouse and she would be able to move away with the children, should Petri Jalaskoski show any sign of violent behavior in the future.
Dr. Smicală learns Finnish in just 3 months, focusing on learning what will help her get her next job.
Dr. Smicală starts working as a full-time doctor in Finland.
Due to stress and the continuous physical and psychological abuse coming from the father, Mihai Smicală-Jalaskoski develops anorexia nervosa, vomiting up to 10 to 20 times a day.
After several months of working at a clinic, Dr. Smicală is employed as an anesthetist. This allows Mrs Smicală to have a better financial situation, thus she decides to hire a babysitter from Romania. Because of her financial situation, Mrs. Smicală is able to support the whole family (which she eventually does). The situation between the spouses remains tense. Petri Jalaskoski is usually not present in their family life, leaving home from 6 in the morning and coming back late. Therefore, the insults and humiliations of the husband do not affect Mrs. Smicală as much as in the past, since she can ignore him for most of the day.
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The recording of Mihai and Maria Smicală-Jalaskoski being aggressively taken away by the Finnish Child Protection Services.
The official documentary of the Smicală-Jalaskoski case, made by the Romanian National Broadcasting Company TVR. This video has English subtitles.
Mihai and Maria’s personal appeal to us all to save them from foster care. The video was taken at the time when both Mihai and Maria ran away from the foster care institutions they were trapped in, on the 19th of January 2020. The video is in Romanian and has both Romanian and English subtitles.
The children’s appeal to us all to save them from the unnecessary torture of the Finnish foster care system. This video was filmed in the foster care faciliy, on the 10th of November 2017. This video is in Romanian and has no English subtitles.
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