Star Tribune’s 10.10.2018 Chris Serres report on the lawsuit facing Child Protective Services by unhappy parents is the tip of the iceberg of sadness facing everyone involved in the Child Protection System.
Dwight Mitchell’s claim that beating 6 & 11 year old children repeatedly & leaving multiple large bruises with a belt (or as Adrian Peterson did with a stick) or punching the 6 year old 16 times is “ordinary punishment” is hard to fathom.
In dad’s defense, Dwight was raised that way. Dwight thinks he has turned out fine & has the right to inflict injury on his child. If a nonfamily adult hit those boys that hard, the offender would be sent to jail.
Dad’s Fine perhaps until he sees his grandson beaten in the same awful way in a few years by his dad.
Generational child abuse & trauma is an awful truth in our community. Until this cycle is broken, tens of thousands of MN children are being raped, beaten & neglected every year…
Traumatized children impact our schools, courts, public health & public safety in ways people cannot possibly understand. For if we did, we would care a great deal more for at risk children & their families.
Traumatized children too often become dysfunctional traumatized adults filling our prisons & jails, jeopardizing public safety & are a huge cost to public & community health. A single CASA GAL child in my caseload cost the community 3 million dollars by the time he aged out of foster care (not including all the people he has hurt & damage he has done to innocent people).
Also of questionable veracity in the article is the claim that “500 cases of abuse were false or disputed” (out of at least 30,936 in 2016).
Of the 50 children I worked as a CASA volunteer guardian ad Litem to remove from toxic homes, very few families did NOT dispute the charges.
False means false, including the “disputed” language is deliberately misleading & just wrong – almost all caregivers dispute the charges.
Injuring a child is “injuring a child”.
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