Report: Arizona Mom Let Her Kids Play at the Park While She Went Grocery Shopping. Now She’s On A Child Abuser List

Report: Arizona Mom Let Her Kids Play at the Park While She Went Grocery Shopping. Now She’s On A Child Abuser List

(Link): Arizona Mom Threatened With Prison, Placed on Secret Blacklist For Letting Kids Play At the Park

by LENORE SKENAZY | 12.14.2021

It was a little more than a year ago—right before Thanksgiving, as COVID-19 raged—that Jessica committed her crime: She let her 7-year-old son and his friend, age 5, play at the park while she went to buy a turkey.

For this, she faced criminal charges, as well as being listed for 25 years on Arizona’s Central Registry, a secret blacklist that functions similarly to the sex offender registry but is less publicly accessible.

…According to Diane Redleaf, author of They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk, and legal consultant to Let Grow, not only are stories like Jessica’s too common throughout America, 25-year registers are the norm in many states. Moreover, guilty findings are commonly issued by caseworkers—that is, without a trial—and hearings to contest those findings are often delayed.

Just last year, for example, New York cut its register length from 25 years down to eight years, which is still far too long for a parent who has done nothing more than buy a turkey while her child played happily in the park.

(Link): Report: Arizona Mom Let Her Kids Play at the Park While She Went Grocery Shopping. Now She’s On A Child Abuser List

Dec 14, 2021
by Phil Shiver

An Arizona mother was threatened with jail time and placed on a secret child abuser list for the simple act of letting her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old friend play at the park while she went grocery shopping, Reason reported this week.

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