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1/18/2013 3:29:50 PM
Darren Jones--HSLDA
Controlling In-Laws Manipulate CPS Investigation

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Controlling In-Laws Manipulate CPS Investigation

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

What should have been a happy time became a nightmare for HSLDA
lifetime members Peter and May Turnbull (names changed to protect
privacy). The birth of their son set off a family controversy that
spilled over into a CPS investigation.

After May gave birth to a baby boy, Eric, May's mother began posting
notes on Peter's Facebook page falsely claiming that Eric was
brain-damaged, that he wasn't growing properly, and that May had
post-partum depression. On the contrary, Eric was perfectly healthy,
and May's psychologist had already ruled out depression during a
routine checkup.

May's mother had a long-standing disagreement with Peter and May's
family lifestyle, including their religious beliefs and homeschooling
their children. Although May's relationship with her mother was
already strained, this time May's mother went even farther, calling
CPS and claiming that all of the Turnbull's children were neglected.

When the investigator came to the Turnbull's house and spoke with May,
she saw that all the children were healthy; nevertheless, she demanded
to interview the children as part of the investigation. Since Peter
wasn't home, May asked the investigator to come back later, and, after
the investigator left, she emailed HSLDA.

HSLDA contacted the investigator directly, defending the Turnbulls'
right to deny interviews with their children. He pointed out that Eric
and the rest of the children were routinely seen by pediatricians, and
that the Turnbulls' friends had written numerous reference letters
testifying to the excellent quality of the Turnbulls' family life.

After HSLDA's intervention, the investigator concluded that no neglect
was occurring and closed the case against the Turnbulls.

Fortunately for the Turnbulls, they are now able to raise their
children according to their biblical convictions. HSLDA helps
homeschoolers who face discrimination by family members and strangers,
social workers and courts on a daily basis. If you are not a current
member with HSLDA, won't you join us today to strengthen our defense
of homeschooling families in Texas and protect homeschooling rights
against local, national, and international anti-homeschooling forces?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16923


Standing with you for Freedom,


Darren A. Jones
HSLDA Staff Attorney


HSLDA Social Services Contact Policy

We desire to advise our members in every contact with a social worker
and/or police officer in investigations resulting from allegations of
abuse or neglect. If homeschooling is an issue, we will represent our
member families until the issue is resolved. On Fourth Amendment
unreasonable search and seizure issues, HSLDA will advise our members
whenever the privacy of their home is violated by forced or coerced
entry for the purpose of an unsubstantiated investigation. HSLDA
membership benefits do not extend to court actions resulting from
non-homeschooling matters. However, in circumstances where there is a
clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, HSLDA may, as we have done in
the past, choose to take the case in an effort to establish legal
precedent.

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