Skip to comments.Police: Mom Assaults DCF Worker, Flees With 5 Children
Posted on 06/03/2011 9:49:22 AM PDT by Morgana
MIAMI (CBS4) City of Miami Police are desperate to find a mother and her five children after she allegedly beat up a Department of Children & Families case worker coming to take away the kids.
Authorities say DCF worker Lovern Alleyne-Babb, along with another co-worker, went to the home on the 400 block of Northwest 6th Street on April 8 with orders to remove the children from the home.
Once inside, police say the childrens mother, Caneema Atkins, lunged at Alleyne-Babb punching her in the nose and stomping on her eyeglasses.
(Excerpt) Read more at miami.cbslocal.com ...
If Social Services have to take children away for reasons such as beating a child, starving one etc... perhaps it may be wise to bring law enforcement with you. I thought this was done usually by protocol?
“After the attack, police say Atkins grabbed the children and fled the home in an unknown direction. She is considered to be dangerous.”
Dangerous to a government employee, apparently. They have not established (in this article) that she is a danger to her children.
While this may have been an overreaction or evidence that DFC was right, it could just as easily be exactly the right response.
5 Children, that’s a pretty big paycheck they are trying to take away from that woman.
Five babies under the age of five and no mention of daddy. How sad.
Back in 1973, the DC Police Department relieved Social Services of their responsibilities in the child abuse/neglect area. As a newly-minted Sergeant, I was assigned to that duty. Snatching kids out of a home can be a hairy experience. More than once, I wished I was back walking a beat in the projects.
A friend of mine is a social worker in a similar job here in Los Angeles County. He hates his job. Overworked, and underpaid. It is thankless, sometimes dangerous, and painful work.
I can only imagine that anything “domestic” can get dangerous and quickly. Even in the worst abuse cases (starving, beating, burning with cigarettes, rape), the perpetrator feels that it is their “right” to these kids. They already have shown an attitude toward violence. What is probably the saddest are the little kids screaming for their mother... the same one who hurt them. I am sure those days are still with you in your nightmares.
This is DCF. The word wise is not in their vocabulary.
Absolutely. I have no sympathy for anyone, parent included, to hurt a child. I have a friend who use to volunteer as a children’s advocate (notice I used past tense). Her first case involved going to an emergency room and seeing a toddler with cigarette burns all over his little body. Social Services would “investigate later” and the hospital had no other choice than to release this baby back to his abuser. Well, my friend got so infuriated that she punched the woman in the face. Needless to say, she was asked to longer volunteer.
What evidence do we have that this mother abused or neglected her children?
I’m too lazy to see if she has a record. If anyone wants to check, the Dade County Clerk of Court public access site will show any past and current charges against her.
The article simply isn’t forthcoming with information. In fact, child abuse cases are rarely reported unless they are severe: children found dead in a freezer, homicide, etc... We rarely read the cases like a toddler with venereal warts or a baby with an STD. There are both cases: one where Social Services completely over-reacts to something like bible study and the cases that make us want to vomit. It is that simple.
That’s why the MPDC was put in charge of those cases. The hospitals were required to call the police, not the social workers. We had the power of arrest - and used it :)
This is directly from the story.
Well WTF does she expect. If some plainclothed so-called government employee with what may or may not be a valid ID tried to push their way into my home and couldn't produce a valid warrant to enter the premise, I probably would deliver a royal a$$kicking myself.
She turned herself in.
The so called “Child Protective Services” people can be the most vile, cruel individuals imaginable. In many cases, the entire system is cynical and demonic.
If you’ve never done so, read this story. It’s very long, but eye opening, and I don’t think it’s an isolated account.
“We had the power of arrest and used it”.
For those cases that weren’t easily explained (like toddlers really do fall or Junior really did stick frozen peas up his nose)... imagine the lives you may have changed for the better. If not the better, than at least for the time the abuser was locked up.
My wife, who has spent over a decade helping single moms, often has told me of incidents where the child welfare agents have threatened clients with taking all children away if the mom would not follow their “recommendation” for this or that minor matter. Consequently, I now know that not all cases of “abuse” are abuse of a child by a parent but are in fact attempts at tyrannous abuse of government upon a relatively helpless and financially dependent poor family.
And they are sometimes falsely reported. Innocent families have been destroyed or marred because of DCFS.
You are assuming that the mother is guilty without information to support that warrant.
The presence of a government employee at the scene does automatically indicate that the private citizen is guilty.
I like to think that I/we were astute enough to recognize what was going on. Our track record was pretty good. As my old Sergeant told us in the Police Academy, “your greatest power is that of discretion.”
“... they are sometimes falsely reported”
Very true. There are unfortunately the cases that go unreported, hidden or they simply find the little bodies later.
True, but it seems the social serpents go after the former because they are less likely to suffer any personal repercussions than they would be from the latter. I have seen both ends of it, where there were good and gentle people unjustly accused, and the horror show of the real thing (as EMS). All too often, in the latter case, the child is released back into the genuinely abusive situation while the wrongly accused are dragged through a titwringer.
The “child savers” destroyed our family. There are sooo many variables here, we can’t pass judgement either way. The most I will say is: I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Pray for the kids.
None of those three scenarios apply in this case.
A false report, however, could apply.
It is a tragedy that, all too often, CPS removes children from loving, great parents because they fell afoul of some PC rule, and ignores cases of genuinely abused children.
The government (DCFS) is not there to help.
“Government (DCFS) is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. —George Washington
I suspect the former, since a court order was not mentioned.
However, that does not mean there was no court order.
The comments at the site are interesting; many of them are in support of the mother.
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