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 Post subject: CPS in New Zealand, but it may be a brittle bone case
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CPS in New Zealand, but it may be a brittle bone case

Parents fight back after state takes two children with brittle bone disease
New Zealand Herald, 16 October 2017

"A young couple are fighting a decision to take their two children - one a newborn baby - into state care because of a suspected child abuse injury which they believe is due to brittle bone disease."

"In August this year the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki won a Family Court order to uplift the couple's second child, a boy who was not yet born but was considered to be at risk of harm."

"Former Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has also met the family and read all their medical and official records, and has asked Oranga Tamariki chief executive Gráinne Moss to review the case. De Bres and his wife have two daughters and a grandson with brittle bone disease.
    He said he had "absolutely no sense" that either of the parents were bad parents."

"Oranga tamariki" means "child health/welfare" in New Zealand Maori, so it is a child protection agency. What is not made clear, but probably is known to New Zealanders, is whether this is the general child protection agency for New Zealand, or if it is a special section for other ethnic groups than those of European descent.

"De Bres said both parents in this case were from overseas.
"They are a young couple, they are low-income, they are migrants. It's not a good start in terms of fighting the establishment," he said."

Article discussing the case on SaveYourChildren:
Like Indian Parents In The USA, Parents In New Zealand Are Being Accused Of Abuse For What Could Be Brittle Bone Disorders In Children
SaveYourChildren, 16 October 2017

"The New Zealand Herald report makes some reference to the father being called “violent” when he loses his temper at the social workers for mistreating his family in this way. Exactly the same vindictive accusations were made in a British case described here.
    England even went so far as to carry out a court-ordered C-section of an Italian woman with an alleged history of intermittent mental disorder who had been on a few week’s training course in Britain. British Social Services took over the baby’s custody the next day, and put it up for forced adoption.
    We have done an extensive study of Indian immigrant parents being similarly accused of abuse in the USA for accidental injuries, head injuries suffered from birth trauma and fractures caused by brittle bone disease in their children (for further details see here).
    There is a large body of research showing such abuse allegations, going under the rubric of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” or “Non-Accidental Trauma” to be wrong (see here). However, current medical policy in most Western hospitals is to report head injuries, internal bleeding and infantile fractures as abuse as a matter of course. In England, experts testifying in favour of parents in court proceedings with research showing that injuries for which they were blamed were consistent with accidents, birth trauma or congenital bone disease intimidated and obstructed from testifying by advocates of Shaken Baby Syndrome in the medical and police establishment."



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