Today begins the coverage of another "theft of a child" case. (There actually are statutes against stealing children, entering homes without warrants, lying to judges, withholding evidence, etc. but the state makes its own rules. My current read is Those Who Save Us, a Nazi Germany piece. There are some similarities)
Dateline: Washington State, just before Christmas
Grandparents Joe and Barbara who have cared for their granddaughter since birth. They are humble people. Joe is a custodian for the school district. Barbara, daughter of a university professor, is a pre-school teacher. They are intellegent people and fighters like the Stuths.
Mother Liz has had a meth problem. That is the reason her daughter went immediately to Joe and Barbara. Liz has been very successful in a treatment program to this point. She voluntarily terminated parental rights when the state suggested that Joe and Barbara could adopt.
Lilly is now three years old and well adjusted at least until she was stolen by the state. She was attending a preschool where Barbara teaches. Lilly's empty desk is a constant reminder to Barbara that the state has taken what matters most to her.
Satan Claus is the state of WA CPS. They told Joe and Barbara "if you are good" you will have your little granddaughter. After a termination there is a limbo period where the child is not part of family. Very Dangerous Indeed. Barbara was told to make her way to Skagit County for an interview..."and bring Lilly with you. We have some Christmas presents for her." This is much worse than the Grinch.... So, the little family showed up. "Come with us little girl. We have presents for you down the hall." Reluctantly she follows the nice CPS lady down the hall when Barbara is led into a small chamber...(I mean room). The door is shut. Barbara is told, as if there was a gun to her head: "That is the last time you will ever see your granddaughter."
TO BE CONTINUED