Think twice before having your family photos developed at Walmart


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?

10 Responses to Think twice before having your family photos developed at Walmart

  1. Elizabeth says:

    What a horrible saga for this family to have had to endure. I’ve taken such photos of my child as did my parents of me and my siblings. My grandparents had a professional photographer take a sepia toned photo of my infant father — naked and on his back kicking his chubby legs up in the air. Should all of our families been ripped asunder for these now precious pictures?

  2. Justin says:

    What’s obscene is not the photographs. It’s the overreach by Walmart, Peoria, CPS and the AG’s office.
    This report made me very angry.

    Who would take actual pornographic photos to Walmart? All of these culprits (named in the previous sentence) are nuts!

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    I just heard JD Hayworth discussing this issue on KFYI radio and he mentioned Seeing Red AZ!! Glad to know he reads this site!

  4. Dist. 7 PC says:

    In today’s world, that Coppertone ad could be considered kiddie porn. In our zeal to be cautious and protective, we have gone headlong over the cliff.

  5. Doc says:

    The problem with this is that when you are accused…you are GUILTY. And it’s up to YOU to pony up a “good” lawyer…and PROVE YOUR INNOCENCE. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. And in the process, YOUR life is Ruined. YOUR name is dragged thru the MUD.

  6. Night Owl says:

    I hope this couple prevails in court and wins big against all of these plaintiffs. This story is an indication of the world gone mad.

    Doc got it right when he speaks of trying to resurrect a blighted reputation. When I read about the prosecutor’s comments, I was livid. My wife and I have taken such photos of our children and consider them beautiful. Do these people also advocate draping the paintings in museums depicting a nude baby Jesus? What lunacy!

  7. Jack says:

    Since J.D. Hayworth appears to read this site, I’ve got a heartfelt plea for him.
    Please run for the U.S. Senate.

    The people of Arizona need you and you would win!!

  8. Rambling Rose says:

    I would work as a full time volunteer for your campaign. I know I could recruit others. I listen to you everyday and know where you stand on the issues.I am right with you and I’d bet most other Arizona Republicans are as well. The John and Jon don’t represent us. Please reconsider. Otherwise we will have another SIX years of intolerable RINO representation.

  9. Doc says:

    Along these lines is THIS:,2933,552300,00.html

    article I located today. Again…when a “Sex Crime” of any kind has occurred, and YOU are accused…YOU are GUILTY until proven innocent. Makes becoming a hermit a consideration

  10. Allen says:

    The whole thing is just pathetic. And I’m someone along with my wife who personally believes that child molestation/rape should be a death penalty offense. And this outrages despite that. We have a 2 year old and 2 week old and have first bath video and pics of both, and a pic of our oldest when she was 2 mos old on her special blanket on her stomach with no diaper on, and a bubble bath video of our oldest when she was 22 mos old at my wife’s grandparents cause we never did a bath video since her first one in the family newborn porcelain bath bowl that had been a tradition for four generations. So that’s 3 videos and four pictures, three baths total. Shall someone come lock myself and my wife up? The fact it took a month to reach people with more than two brain cells to rub together who finally recognized there was nothing illicit going on is appalling. The Police, CPS, and Legal personnel involved should all be forced to look for a new line a work. It’s just ridiculous. No commons sense at all. We do not need to start hitting the problem of child porno with a broader brush, we just need to start hitting the problem harder within the already established boundaries. Just plain stupid, all of it.