The Violations of Civil Rights by Children Protective Services goes National
Many times, you read an article and think that this kind of stuff only happens to other people. This allows you to disconnect and not really feel the pain that is the pain of those without resource or a course of action to help them in their situation. But every once in a while a story crosses your path that reminds you that what you have endured is not exclusive and has happened to others. You find out that what you thought was only happening to you in your state is happening to others in other states and now you feel their pain.
This very thing happened to me when I read an article titled “Couple Brings Sick Baby to ER, the Next Day Police Show Up and Kidnap All of Their Children” by Matt Agorist for The Free Though Project taken from a story by Bridget Bennett for KSFY TV an ABC Affiliate. In the article Matt and Bridget speak about “Molly Bowling and Michael Becker just spent Christmas without their children after police, acting on behalf of Child Protective Services, kidnapped them three weeks ago. Bowling and Becker say their children were taken from their home after they brought their 2-month old son Creedance, to the ER for an unknown injury. “He wouldn’t eat when he was crying we would see the cut on his tongue, so I called his doctor and he said we should take him to the ER. So we went to the ER,” mother Molly Bowling said. The couple told the ER doctor that they had no idea how the infant’s tongue was injured and that it may have happened at daycare. “They called Children’s Voice and they said that Creedance needed to stay overnight there,” Children’s Voice is a non-profit child abuse organization. After being told that Creedance had to stay at the hospital overnight, the parents went home to check on their other two children who were staying with their grandparents. From the hospital, they were followed home by police, who told them that they could not stay at their own home. This caused immediate concern for the family so they complied with authorities. Bowling went so far as to take a lie-detector test, and passed it. But the state pressed on. “As soon as I asked for a lawyer…they came here and took the other kids out of the house,” father Mike Becker said.
Almost a month has passed now and the family has no idea when they may be getting their children back. The only communication they have received from the kidnappers is a letter stating that there were no signs of abuse, however they did find signs of neglect.”
What makes this painful for me is something very similar happened to my family. My mother was subjected to lies and labels from this kind of department here in Illinois, my niece was dragged from family home and my nephew was coerced to plead guilty to something he didn’t do. All because once the thought of yes it happened, entered their heads, there was no return for the Department of Children and Family Services. The deck was stacked against my family and they knew that no other lawyer in or around us would ever take the case against them. They knew that by forcing him to plead guilty and getting his public defender to play his part, we would never find an attorney in 30 days so any worry. They were confident that even after the medical examiner said there were no signs of sexual assault and the detective division of the police department said that there was not enough evidence, they still pushed on and with the total control of the justice system, had no problem convincing two judges.
Yes, I feel their pain and I know a little about what they are going through which is why I created a program called “Po Folks Legal Defense” and hope to have it off the ground soon. People all over this nation deserve competent representation and if it was readily available to all, a lot of things that happens now would not. Those who would wish to trample all over another person’s rights would have to take pause because they would have to answer for that decision and who knows, may even have to work for the very people they thought they could screw over. Wonder how much that pain that would be if they had to sign over their weekly, bi-weekly or monthly paychecks to the people and families that they destroy?