Florida Soviet Grabs Kid from Front Yard

The state grabs kid because he didn’t have food available and puts him in a home where all he got to eat was cereal.

If you’re supposed to be home at a certain time to let your kids in the house, you had better make it or else you can expect to lose a child to the state—especially in the Soviet of Florida.

From Lenore Skenazy at Reason.com: “11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.”

One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.

They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.

It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.

One of the manufactured complaints was that the child did not have access to food and thus might have died or been harmed by malnutrition in those ninety minutes (they didn’t spell out that last part, but there is no other assumption that allows the complaint to, uh, “make sense”).

On the day they all appeared in children’s court to move the kids from foster care into the relative’s custody, Cindy thought her older son smelled a little strange. 

“What have you been eating?” she asked.

“Cereal,” he replied.

Only cereal, for the past few days. That’s not going to kill anyone, obviously. But if you’re arresting parents for not supervising their kids for 90 minutes, it’s more than a little hypocritical.

So typical! The state bureaucrats inflict grievous torments on parents but have zero accountability in following their own basic rules.

[See also, “About Time! Parents Cleared of Letting Children Play Outside … for Now.”]

Obviously, the state bureaucrats and police are evil and need to be exiled to Venezuela, Cuba, California, New York, or some other totalitarian state.

But what about the neighbor who made the anonymous complaint? He or she could have asked the child what was going on, offered the boy a snack or the use of his or her bathroom.

Instead, that person called the Gestapo.

Tyranny. It starts in our hearts.