We’ve all done it — innocently taken bath time photos of our young children
A Peoria, Arizona couple is suing after having had their three young daughters removed from their custody by state Child Protective Services after an overzealous Walmart employee found partially nude pictures of the girls on a camera memory stick taken to the store for processing.
The images in question were part of a group of dozens of photographs taken mostly on the family’s vacation in San Diego. Among the images were seven to eight bath and playtime photos of the girls that showed a “portion or outline or genitalia.” At the time of the incident the children were ages 1 ½, 4 and 5.
Walmart turned the photos over to police. The parents were not allowed to see their children for several days and did not regain custody for a month while the state investigated, according to their lawyer who called the incident “a serious incursion on people’s lives and privacy.”
Neither parent was charged with sexual abuse and they eventually regained custody of their children.
Read the daily’s account of this bizarre overreach by clerks in a discount store, the state of Arizona, the City of Peoria and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Has it come to the point where parents need to bring in witnesses when diapering their own children in order to protect themselves against allegations of sexual exploitation?