In August 2016, Amanda testified to James’ behavior in court. As a result, the 27-year-old was barred from having any contact with Amanda or their son. At first, it seemed as if the family might be able to start enjoying a normal life.
By November that year, Amanda had become convinced that James was turning his life around. She believed that he was finally seeking help for his violent tendencies, so she approached the authorities to have his restraining order lifted. According to her appeal, she wanted James to have the opportunity to be part of Winston’s life.