Family endures hostile investigation
Home School Legal Defense Association assisted a Las Vegas-area member family who were investigated on allegations of child neglect based on an anonymous tip.
Mrs. P was at the library around lunchtime with several of her children, who began telling her that they were "starving." Evidently someone overheard them and called in an anonymous tip to Child Protective Services, claiming that the children were starving and filthy.
When a social worker visited Mr. and Mrs. P at home, they explained the circumstances and brought the children to talk to him, so that he could see they were well fed. The social worker then demanded entry into the home, which Mr. and Mrs. P respectfully denied. HSLDA contacted the social worker, explaining in a letter that the Fourth Amendment protected our member's right to deny his entry without a warrant or an emergency. However, the social worker refused to talk to anyone from HSLDA.
After leaving the family alone for several weeks, the social worker showed up at the family's house, again demanding entrance. HSLDA spoke to him at this time on the telephone, and the family showed him that they had food on hand. After yelling at the mother and cursing at the father, the social worker left.
The next day the social worker's supervisor called Mrs. P and, after vigorously complaining for over 20 minutes that the family had been "uncooperative," informed her that the case was unfounded. However, the supervisor threatened that if the family was reported again, CPS would not be as "easy" on them the next time. - Darren A. Jones
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