In general, child protection services, or CPS, provide a much needed service. Because of them, all forms of child abuse – which includes domestic violence and even neglect – have been dealt with over the years. The Inquisitr has reported on such situations, including a Vermont couple being arrested for using their kid as a drug mule and a child who was considered abused because he was obese.
However, there are times when CPS actually goes way too far and does more harm than good. One good example is the “line” in which punishment becomes abuse when it comes to spankings. For one family living in Austin, Texas, apparently you don’t even have to touch your kid to get in trouble with the organization. All you have to do is have your child play all by themselves at the park right across the street from where you live.
According to an article by Keye TV, Kare Anne Roy got in trouble with CPS when she let her 6-year-old play outside, specifically to walk a trail. However, a woman spotted Roy’s son alone on a bench just 150 yards away from his house. She got the boy and took him home, after which point she contacted Austin police. CPS also showed up, and apparently the questions they were asking Roy and her children were very inappropriate for the reported situation.
“My eight year old was very concerned about the questions that were asked like had she seen people’s private parts or those type of movies, and those things she had not really thought of or known existed.”
Think about that! The CPS were asking questions about private parts and bad movies because a child was found alone on a park bench just mere yards away from his home. Why would there be questions of private parts and restricted movies in first place?
The situation has nevertheless left the Roy family humiliated and traumatized. Kari Anne Roy’s 12-year-old son actually understood the situation and it bothered him because he knew the consequences. He knows that CPS could take them away. As for CPS themselves, they didn’t have a comment whether there was an investigation or not. Roy, on the other hand, would not remain silent as she took to her blog as reported by The Blaze.
“My kids reported that she asked questions about drugs and alcohol, about pornography, about how often they bathe, about fighting in the home… 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.”
The case is officially unfounded but we still want to know what you think. Do you think CPS was just being safe and following protocol, or did they step over the line in questioning Kari Anne Roy’s kids with touchy questions? Please let us know in the comments below.