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Arkansas judges overturn neglect case involving mother whose 3-year-old drowned in washing machine

By John Moritz

This article was published September 14, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.



A south Arkansas mother whose 3-year-old drowned in a washing machine should not have had to surrender her newborn to the state months after an accident based on her "mindset," the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.



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skeptic1 says... September 14, 2017 at 9:26 a.m.

All I have to say is this is too little too late. Arkansas DCFS has been allowed to run amuck for decades seizing children for the slimmest of reasons while ignoring true cases of abuse. These juvenile courts resemble third world Banana republics as any lawyer that first experiences them will tell you. When are our fine state legislatures and senators going to mount a meaningful investigation into this agency and also the appellate court that has rubber stamped tens of thousands of parental terminations taking as gospel the false narratives of poorly paid and trained "case workers." Good luck finding one actual social worker in DCFS. Follow the money folks, seizing kids is big money for all involved with parents left to fight a huge machine that has unlimited resources.

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Kofcguy says... September 14, 2017 at 9:58 a.m.

CPS is a nightmare. The case workers make up charges in their report, and CPS has zero oversight between the false report of the unqualified case worker and the full onslaught of whatever they do to the vicyimized family. When I tried to get my case before a district judge, he actually said "you will not be allowed to present a defense. We are here to make you comply with CPS". This is a corrupt system's dream judge here in Benton county. He actually allowed the caseworker's psychotic ramblings to stand as his judgement without allowing us a defense. It took us a year and $30k to get that overturned by a different judge. Too late! CPS, with this judge's incompetent malfeasance of office, was allowed to run amok over our family. Btw, we cant sue the judge for being incompetent, we can only complain to the juducial review board (ha), and fight to ensure he is not reelected. Oh and everything is a secret. I cant even include his name in this email...until the review is done. Could be many months. Our AR legislature is failing us. They must reform CPS or put it back in the hands of the police (diff training, preservation of rights) as the late Senator Shaefer was working on doing.

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AuntPetunia says... September 14, 2017 at 10:23 a.m.

A child DIED a year after she was cited for DUI with a baby on board. That was not enough to stop her addiction. She continued to use to the point of oblivion and that led to the toddler's death. She should not have custody of a cat, much less a child.

BTW, I agree that CPS needs to be gutted and completely re-created. But in this case, their decision to prevent another child from this woman's care was correct.

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mrcharles says... September 14, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

yada yada yada! What's the big deal, this mother sounds like a fine upstanding breeding machine. After all it is quiet evident she can pop out more children if she kills a few more children or negligently puts herself in a position to have a child die.

heaven looks down and says we cant get involved as too much evidence of our existence would be dangerous. Whoops there goes another brain ceasing to function- I suppose 10 or so every second in the world.

What a mystery. I know the secret but I will not tell you , well maybe later.

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skeptic1 says... September 14, 2017 at 11:43 a.m.

Auntpetunia...you sound like someone that is in bed with DCFS. We all grew up hearing stories about children being locked in abandoned refrigerators and suffocating. Bad accidents happen but when DCFS gets wind of them it's a green light with dollar signs and the poor grieving parents are then destroyed even further being persecuted by a corrupt out of control government agency. In this case there is NO nexus between the tragic accident a year ago and her newborn and the appellate court shockingly agreed.

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skeptic1 says... September 14, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.

Mr. Charles ...your very obvious disdain for women is to be expected in nearly every one of your posts. I'd say snipping the vas deferens of men like you would be money well spent so there will be no possibility of you infecting society as another "breeder."

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mrcharles says... September 14, 2017 at 12:14 p.m.

septicinfinity , NO NEXUS, you certainly are a dumb one. your biased agenda against an imperfect system to try and protect children should be considered vile by men and women. Apparently all you care is money money, and people like Rep harris can give little girls to be raped, couples can let the rats eat on their children, etc, etc.

I am not sure what happened to you, but sounds like in a moment of thinking you were Napoleon or such , you were called out and had children in danger taken from you and now you are against the world. Poor grieving parents is bad, but death, abuse and that stuff for children is worse.

I read some terrible comments from primates here but your disdain for children vs your agenda against the system to try and help children [ what system is perfect might I ask you?] . is appalling. I know many, many social workers and the complaint is sometimes not strict enough as parents feel they own children like they do a dog and if it dies, they can just coitus up another one.

YOu do not see a disdain for women in my post, therefore I call
BS on you. You are just a talking primate [ i take that back I dont know if you can talk or not, but hopefully not] and just because you are sorry for ever being born is no excuse to comment with creepy, stupid comments.

sea bass would call you an idiot and a moron, In fact with your comment of just bad accidents happen, I believe in not being civil to uncivil entities, and a moron and idiot, I cannot in good conscience not say is appropriate.

I will think of you every time we hear of a child abused or killed.

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skeptic1 says... September 14, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.

Mr. Charles...I am just going to say it, you are a jerk and every single one of your posts wreaks of misogyny, racism, and just plain ignorance. You need to apply as the new poster child for why the Democrats have been rejected. And, if you know many social workers they don't work for Arkansas DCFS because there are none, which is 99% of the problem.

Classic...."YOu do not see a disdain for women in my post, therefore I call
BS on you. You are just a talking primate [ i take that back I dont know if you can talk or not, but hopefully not] and just because you are sorry for ever being born is no excuse to comment with creepy, stupid comments."

Ass-hat, I am a woman!

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ArkOzark says... September 14, 2017 at 1:19 p.m.

skeptic1 - Your hallucinations that one person is in bed with DCFS and another has "disdain for women", or that DCFS somehow makes money from taking children away from abusive parents tells me you are probably unfit to be a parent and have an interesting history with the agency. As those you attacked said, DCFS needs to be improved. They need careful oversight. They also need funding to hire and train good workers - something the legislators are loathe to cough up. But you cannot in good conscience use this case to support your own grievances. At some point, the lives of children take precedence over your feelings. A mother whose child dies in a washing machine while she claims she was using drugs one year after she was charged with endangering a child in her car while on drugs has no business raising children. If you have any valid grievance I suggest you find a better example of DCFS erring. When children's lives are at stake, something has to be done. And we need improvements in our foster care system, too. Care to tell us what your personal experience was?

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mrcharles says... September 14, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.

Well septic, you prove just like I have always said, the creator made all its creations defective , that is why there are so many opinions. Just as we see every day females killing children, robbing, etc etc, an idiot can be an idiot, no matter what door you feel the need to go through.

Still I feel you have been subject to hurt feelings. Sorry but they say it is a tough world and people should quit whining.

As to your perhaps lack of reading skills, I did not say the social workers worked for DHS , as you know for a fact they treat children and they see the court systems and they see the damage done by parents you seem to want to take warm showers with..

Anyway, I would remind you of what St Paul said about women, basically cover your hair and be still . Not that you are a woman, it just seems appropriate when you seem to confuse me with sea bass though you channel his overall philosophy, though this probably means I owe it an apology for the comparison.

As to your racist claim, I do admit , that without just cause, I have never been too keen on Estonians and Pawnee Indians. Could you tell me your ethnic background as perhaps I make room for a trinity.

On my human side, just have a couple glasses of good Chardonnay and chill out. Way to many negative waves I feel from your rants.

Sorry but your comments are creepy. Admit your involvement with DHS that did not turn out well for you. First step to redemption is to admit the sin.

Still feel that prime directive is to protect children as they are like man before the fall.

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