Tuesday, May 13, 2008

CPS Torture and Abuse, of the FLDS.

Though he still thinks something "was going on out there at YFZ," John Kight now "gets it."

The Deseret News - "John Kight (is) determined to get the word out that Child Protective Services in Texas is out of control.

As chairman of an organization that provided mental health workers to assist FLDS children and mothers taken from the YFZ Ranch, he spoke with the Texas governor's office Tuesday and has already spoken with state legislators.

"We don't condone what they say went on out there (at the ranch), but we're just aghast at the methods they used to go out there and take the kids away from their mothers," Kight said. "We want him (Texas Gov. Rick Perry) to hear first hand what went on, ... how abusive CPS was and how they've trampled all over their rights."

Eleven employees of the Hill Country Community Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center recently provided written reports of their experiences at the request of the regional governing board. Each expressed frustration — and some anger — at how CPS treated the children.

After hearing about their experiences at the makeshift shelters last month in San Angelo, Kight said he and the board felt the need to do something.

"We can't just stand by and let this happen as Americans," he said. "Hopefully, (Gov. Perry) will take some sort of action to get these parents back with their kids."

Our little shop of horrors?

"At least five mothers reported that at night CPS circled their beds, held flashlights in their faces and then would sit inches away from them as they tried to sleep. Mothers reported they were scared CPS would take their children during the night, thus leaving them and their children exhausted."


"At one point I headed toward the public restroom and was immediately grabbed by the arm by a CPS worker who told me to use the port-a-potties outside the rock wall 'because we don't know what kind of diseases these people might have and we don't want to catch anything from them.' I was later told it had been determined that STDs were rampant among the women because of their promiscuous lifestyle. I did not believe that information since I knew none of the women had submitted to examination."


"I did see some wonderful interactions with CPS and some of the children, as they read stories and played games. ... I also saw a woman I know personally (who) had been a prison principal now employed with CPS. She seemed to have retained an attitude that these people were inmates!"

Yeah, been there did that. Mental health workers are familiar with this problem as often people who are simply ill, are treated as criminals because the systems are merged which leads to callousness;

"On the Thursday morning, April 24, I witnessed a young mother named Rosinith be required by CPS to board the bus back to the ranch, though her young child was in the hospital with 104 degree fever and even though the child's physician had personally requested the mother's presence at the hospital. This event haunts me still, and I cannot imagine such a heartless act."

The floor slick with tears. Terrified children hiding. It is like a Nazi Concentration Camp. This is not a movie, it's real, it's in this country;

"On the awful day that they separated the mothers and children the level of cruelty and lack of respect for human rights was overwhelming. Crying, begging children were ripped away from their devastated mothers and the mothers were put on buses to either return to the ranch or to go to shelters. Most went to shelters because they were told they would be able to see their children if they did not return to the ranch. This, of course, was another lie. ... The floor was literally slick with tears in places. A baby was left in a stroller without food and water for 24 hours and ended up in the hospital. A 4-year-old boy was so terrified that he snuck away and hid and was only found after the coliseum (had) been emptied the next day."


"As I was talking to a mother, her child spilled water down his front; he stood up on the cot so that she could wipe him off. A CPS worker strode over and told the mother, 'You need to set him down, NOW.' The woman nodded and continued to wipe his shirt. The CPS worker then said, 'If you don't sit him down NOW, I will set him down for you.' At this point I mentioned to the worker that she was simply wiping him off, had a hold of him, and would sit him down as soon as this was done. The CPS worker glared at me and walked off. The mother whispered to me that 'this is the way they always treat us, as if we don't know how to care for our own children. They won't even let our babies sleep with us.'"

Armed guards. Snipers. We can shoot you;

"We were told to observe only and not to help. We were told we were surrounded by (Department of Public Safety) and there were snipers on the buildings for our protection."

Schindler's List?

"At one point, when the children were all separated, one male child who was about 9 years old, broke away from the rest of the children who were all hurtled together, being comforted by each other, and walked up to a police officer. I heard him say, 'You're the police, help us. Help me get my mother back. She has done nothing wrong.' The police officer could only respond by saying, 'I can't do that.'"

No comment;

"Never in all my life, and I am one of the older ladies, have I been so ashamed of being a Texan and seeing what and how our government agencies treat people. ... This must stop somewhere and somehow. This invasion of their property and the disruption of their lives could happen to anyone anytime if all power and authority is given to CPS."

Oh, you thought my Nazi Comments were extreme?

"The entire experience at Ft. Concho and the coliseum was surreal; at times it felt like these women and children were prisoners. I heard some people wonder out loud if this was Nazi Germany. The thought had struck me, too. Is this what it was like for the people in concentration camps in Germany? The women and children from Eldorado were basically lied to and deceived on several occasions. I often felt helpless; I also felt in awe of the grace, and self-confidence in which the women behaved. My culture, my society could learn from these women and children; they have my utmost respect."

All of this occurs within weeks of the CPS taking the children from YFZ. There was at least, one small victory today. Also from the Deseret News.

"Lawyers for a Fundamentalist LDS couple were granted a temporary restraining order blocking Texas authorities from separating a mother from her child."

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