Mr. and Mrs. Smith loved their three children and were completely devastated when their youngest died of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). More heartache lay in store when several months later a caseworker from child welfare appeared at their door.
Telling the couple she’d been informed they might need help, she gained entrance and immediately asked if they had food in the house. Not understanding what exactly the woman was doing there, they complied with her request to see inside their well-stocked refrigerator and cupboards. The caseworker then asked to see their other children. Again the couple complied. Although the children were well cared for and appeared happy, things went downhill from there.
The caseworker began interrogating them on the death of their baby and accusing them of causing the infant’s death. Mrs. Smith, having never recovered from the loss, became hysterical and Mr. Smith lost his temper. After asking the woman several times to leave their home, he then threatened bodily harm if she didn’t immediately leave. She left, but returned the next day with a local police officer and forcibly removed the children from their home.
The papers she left with the couple stated the children were being removed because of the father’s uncontrolled violence and the suspicious death of their infant child.
The couple gathered medical documents and doctor statements verifying the health and cause of death of their child. With these documents, as well as testimony from friends, family members, and neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Smith went to court with full confidence they’d be exonerated and bring their children home. They found this was to be but one of many long drawn out court battles.
The case was finally resolved when the caseworker involved was proved to have made many false statements on documents submitted to the court. After a year apart the family was finally reunited, but not before losing their home and jobs because of the financial burden, having to appear in court so often and comply with a long list of demands from social services. After regaining custody of their children, they left the state to stay with relatives and try to rebuild the lives destroyed by one over zealous caseworker.
What I don’t understand about the case above is…why wasn’t the caseworker involved fired and why wasn’t she held legally accountable for submitting false statements in a court of law? I was told it was because the papers submitted by the caseworker weren’t legal documents or some such BS. I guess my small brain just doesn’t understand the legal system. I do know that if I lie in court, I’ll be charged with perjury.
Read my other post: Children Kidnapped by CPS: https://elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/children-kidnapped-by-cps/