Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Texas Department Of Family And Protective Services Spreads More Anti-FLDS Hysteria, Claims 41 FLDS Kids Have Signs Of Prior Broken Bones
The Texas child protective services inquisitors have upped their hysteria campaign against the Fundamentalist LDS community in Texas. They now claim that 41 of the kids have signs of possible "broken bones". Full story published by the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, and aired by KSL Channel 5 and KTVX Channel 4. National story posted by CNN.
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During a hearing before the Texas State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Texas' top child protection inquisitor, Carey Cockerell of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service, claimed that "investigators" found "historic, physical injuries and fractures," among the children taken from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's ranch. He further claimed that some of the fractures have been found in very young children.
Cockrell said that 41 children had broken bones or previous fractures. But he did not elaborate on what investigators believe may have caused the injuries — if they are the result of accidents or intentional trauma — but added that investigators are continuing their probe. Cockerell also announced the number of children in protective custody from the YFZ Ranch has increased — that as of Tuesday, "that number has grown to 464 as a baby boy was born yesterday." Cockrell also observed that the kids were not only trained to address all FLDS adult females as "mother", but also that nursing mothers would breast-feed each others' infants interchangeably.
But FLDS attorney Rod Parker fired back. "It's part of their PR campaign to attack the parents with highly inflammatory implications. They're not even alleging anything specific, just hoping the public will draw the obvious conclusion. It's really inappropriate for public officials to behave in this manner", said Parker. He also said that he spoke with the doctor who operated a clinic at the YFZ Ranch. "The breaks he's seen haven't occurred in a setting where he would suspect — child abuse at all. They can treat some simple fractures (at the ranch clinic) but usually it's in consultation with an orthopedic doctor in San Angelo," Parker said, adding that doctors are required to report any suspicions of child abuse. Parker also added that there's not a single episode of child abuse reported in Texas, or Utah or Arizona, either.
Parker said some children in the community have brittle bone disease and that Texas Child Protective Services was informed of that. "That makes some of the children more susceptible to broken bones," Parker said. "The mothers told CPS about that when they were taken in. They've known all along that the reason they might see higher incidence of broken bones was due to this condition. They have no evidence to support the implication it is due to child abuse."
In a separate written report submitted to the committee, Carey Cockerell described a "pattern of deception" that began in the first interviews with children and adults at the FLDS-owned YFZ Ranch. Some refused to give or changed their names and refused to answer questions about ages and family relationships. Children were moved from home to home at the ranch to prevent investigators from speaking to them.
That was no surprise to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. He said, "They have been, from day one, they get points in heaven for lying to authorities. They are taught to lie. Hopefully, they will get to the bottom of the truth on it too. With all the lying, you just don't know." Shurtleff is in the process of cozying up to U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), both of who are LDS and who will work together to establish a Federal task force on polygamy.
Commentary: First of all, we're talking 41 kids with signs of broken bones out of a total of 464 kids, less than 10 percent. What's so unusual about that? Many mainstream kids get broken bones either in the course of normal activity or by engaging in risky behavior, yet they're not rounded up and prodded like cattle. And Texas DFPS is completely discounting the impact of brittle bone syndrome.
And so what if FLDS kids are taught to address all adult females as "Mother"? In the mainstream LDS Church, kids are taught to address all adult females as "Sister". It's obvious that the Texas DFPS intends to continue portraying this group as a cult in order to bias the public against them.
There is one encouraging sign - Texas DFPS officials, for the first time, are at last hinting of the possibility of restoring some kids to their parents. But the Texas foster care system is not being strained nearly to the breaking point because of this mass roundup.
But there is another more sinister aspect. The demonization of this group, along with the escalating measures against sex offenders, must be viewed with concern because it may be possible that the government is targeting unpopular groups with persecution as test beds for acclimating the greater American population to accept more intrusive and invasive measures restricting individual liberty.