Outrageous Mom Grilled By CPS for ... Letting Her 6-Year-Old Play Outside
A Texas mother is speaking out after getting a visit from police and being investigated by Child Protective Services over her decision to allow her six-year-old son to play outside the family's home.
The Austin woman, Kari Anne Roy, wrote about the ordeal on her blog last week. She explained that it all started when a female neighbor walked her son home, saying she was concerned that no adult was present with the boy and his eight-year-old sister.
Roy said her kids were only about 150 yards away and that she could see them from the porch.
After that, the neighbor apparently called police to the house, and a week later a CPS investigator was at her house to question her three children.
Within an hour she was at the house, interviewing the kids one at a time, alone with her, while I had to sequester myself upstairs. I wanted to argue. I wanted to protest. I wanted to stamp my foot and say, "No, ma'am, you are NOT allowed to speak to my children without me being present." But I was cowed. And I understood why the process had to be that way. I didn't like it. I DON'T like it. But I understood. I understand. I complied.
My kids reported that she asked questions about drugs and alcohol, about pornography, about how often they bathe, about fighting in the home. And again, I understand the need for these questions. I understand CPS investigators have an incredibly difficult job. But the conflict I feel is immense. My children were playing outside, within sight of the house, and now my 6yo and 8yo and 12yo have seen their mother spoken to -- multiple times -- as if she, herself, was a child being reprimanded. They have all been questioned, by a stranger, about whether they've ever been shown movies of other people's private parts. And no matter what I say, I can tell that they think they've done something wrong.
After the children were interviewed, I was interviewed, my husband was called (again, making me feel as if I had acted like a disobedient child), even our babysitter got a phone call. Then, finally, once the case worker consulted with her supervisor, I was reassured that because the kids really were just playing outside, and their stories matched mine as well as the police officer's account, the incident would be marked as a non-event and the case would be closed. (The case is now officially closed, I waited to blog about it until I knew for sure.)
The Outnumbered panel took a look, discussing whether this is a case of a nosy neighbor or whether the mother did something wrong. Watch the discussion above.