Officials Try To Take Baby - Dad Is Convicted Sex Offender

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    There are reports (in article) that mom is a prostitute and used drugs during her pregnancy. Not sure if this is true but the officials aren't using this as their reason for taking the baby.

    What do we think about this? I'm not sure where I am with this.

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    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Child-welfare officials obtained an emergency court order to seize a baby just 24 hours after he was born, contending the infant would be unsafe because his father is a convicted sex offender.

    The hospital, however, refused to hand over the infant so soon after birth, according to a lawyer representing the mother, Melissa WolfHawk.

    WolfHawk, 31, is due in court Friday for a hearing, said Mary Catherine Roper, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing the mother.

    The child was born Tuesday, and Schuylkill County Children and Youth Services was granted the order Wednesday.

    The agency expressed concerns that the boy could be in danger because his 53-year-old father, DaiShin WolfHawk, was convicted of rape and sodomy more than two decades ago in New York.

    "Melissa is leaving the hospital tonight," Roper said Thursday. "Schuylkill County is going to show up at the hospital sometime tomorrow morning to pick up the baby, who will be released when the hospital is ready to release him."

    A hospital administrator said Thursday he couldn't talk about the issue, citing patient privacy rules.

    Roper said the child services agency also raised concerns about the mother's alleged history of drug abuse.

    The WolfHawks had already gone to court because county officials were asking about the pregnancy. A federal judge placed a temporary restraining order on county officials to keep them from doing so.

    DaiShin WolfHawk said he and his wife were "appalled" at the county's actions.

    "Here's a baby being breast-fed by its mother, and they're saying that the mother's a danger to the baby," DaiShin WolfHawk said. "What were they doing? They were trying to grab the baby before it even had its shots, circumcised, anything."

    The boy, whose name he declined to disclose, was born at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove, about 60 miles south of Pottsville, where Melissa WolfHawk lives. Mother and child were still together at the hospital as of Thursday morning.

    DaiShin WolfHawk pleaded guilty under the name John Joseph Lentini in 1983 to rape and sodomy in a case involving two teenage girls.

    At Monday's hearing, the county produced a doctor's report that Melissa WolfHawk had acknowledged using cocaine and methamphetamine and working as a prostitute. The county also submitted a New York parole document indicating DaiShin WolfHawk sexually abused his daughter.

    The WolfHawks have vigorously denied those allegations.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/10/21/sexoffender.custody.ap/index.html
     
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    yeah - that's a rough issue...Is a man to be held accountable 'after' serving his time? Is the guy likely to re-offend? Lots of questions...
     
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    I would be surprised if they can hold the conviction for rape against the father since, according to the article, that happened 20 years ago.

    Also, when was the mother a prostitute and drug abuser? How far in the past was this??
     
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    That's bullcrap. He's served his time, and he's still a human being. If they're that scared he'll do it again, they should put surveillance on his house and arrest him if he does anything stupid, not pre-emptively. It's like "Minority Report," only without the psychics.
     
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    So let me get this straight. Daddy raped and sodomized two teenagers. And Mommy is a coke-head prostitute. Oh, yeah, junior has quite a future ahead of him.

    And I can only imagine what drugs are being delivered to this baby along with that nuturing breast milk.
     
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    But the point is, if these people are such a danger they should not be free. You can't restrict a free person after the fact out of fear for what might happen, it opens up a nasty Pandora's box.

    These two clearly aren't candidates for good parents, but the mistake was letting them back into society.
     
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    Right - when we allow the government to completely dictate who should be parents, everybody needs to watch out. I'd suppose in 50 years, Christians who have children will have their kids removed from the home for similiar reasons:

    "To teach a child there exist in the world absolute moral standards, ENDANGERS that child, because they become 'ophobes'."

    etc..

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    Abso-freakin-lutely right on. The government should not be able to tell two free people whether or not they can have kids.

    The guy has served his time for his crimes, so I call it unreasonable to tell him that he can't parent any children. The mother is a bit different. The hospital should point her towards a drug rehab program, at the very least.
     
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    We had a similar discusssion in the Newark sex offender/Halloween thread. I can't argue with your statement that letting them back into society was a mistake, but until the courts staunch their bleeding hearts and mete out more appropriate sentences, what would you suggest we do to protect the most vulnerable and defenseless among us? I do not know enough facts to say that these two people should have their child taken away, but I cannot accept the general conclusion that because someone served a particular sentence they are necessarily allowed to have access to children, even their own. It depends on the crime they were convicted of, and their overall criminal history, but the children of addicts, and especially of sex offenders, must be safeguarded. Too much sickening stuff can happen to them behind closed doors, and then it's too late.
     
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    ITA. As a society, it is OUR responsibility to protect the most defenseless from predators. The child's right to a normal, healthy life should be paramount to the parental right of possession.
     

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