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Adopted seven-year old Seth Johnson has suffered terribly for years and it appears has died a painful (avoidable) death at the hands of Tim and Sarah Johnson. Thank you Paul Walsh & Star Tribune.

The parents will most likely use a religious exemption defense that is very often successful as this case proceeds.

We will never know how awful Seth’s life was before he was fostered and then adopted by the Johnsons.  Legally, to be removed from a birth home by a court, a child’s life must be in danger of “imminent harm”.

Few people are aware of the level of violence and neglect that must be substantiated before a court can place a child in foster care.  Chances are, Seth, like all the children I worked with in child protection, almost certainly lived a horrid and toxic life before he was fostered and then adopted by the Johnson’s.

All 50 children I worked with in child protection had been tortured as defined by the World Health Organization’s definition, “extended exposure to violence and deprivation”.

Whether or not there was more to Seth’s death than withholding medical care by the parents will become apparent as the case unfolds.  It does seem odd that this very sick and dying child was left in the care of a sixteen year old son while the parents traveled just days before his death.

MN is one of 34 states provide a legal shield of religious exemptions from child abuse and child neglect laws.

About the Legal Shield of Religion In America;

Many American newborns remain untested and untreated for very treatable metabolic disorders, hearing and sight diseases & blood lead level s.

48 States allow religious exemptions from vaccination.

Some states allow religion to keep children from TB testing in school.  43 states give some kind of criminal or civil immunity to parents injuring their children by withholding medical care on religious grounds.

Six states let parents keep teachers from teaching their children about disease in school.

 

Over the years KARA has reported on children dying because their parents withheld medical treatment because the church told them to do so.  Some parents have killed more than one child by withholding medical treatment.

Some religions allow child neglect and abuse & some states allow a religious defense against charges of murdering their child – and “some can’t be charged with murder at all” (Slate).

 

2 years ago, Kansas State Rep Gail Finney vowed to pass a bill that allowed caregivers to leave bruises and cause bleeding when disciplining a child (no age limit).

Arkansas State Rep Charles Fuqua promoted the death penalty for rebellious children (based on religious grounds).

As a volunteer CASA County guardian ad-Litem, it has been awful to observe sexually abused two and four year old children and children suffering from violent physical abuse and neglect live through that abuse  & try to overcome the terror and traumas inflicted upon them to make for themselves a normal life.  Not many do.

There are between 12 and 18 million children reported abused in our nation every year.  They have no voice in their homes, in the courts or in the media.

 

There are many terrible laws endangering thousands of  children in all parts of our nation.  There are dangerous religious cults in America that need to be exposed for the terrible way they treat children.  Here’s one reported on by the Daily Beast this morning

Children in most of our communities have the same rights women and slaves had in the 1800’s (they were property).

KARA supports the U.S. ratification of the international Rights of the Child Treaty.  We are the only nation on earth not to have done so.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for ending all religious exemption laws.

It is insane that in the 21st century America promotes deadly religious practices with outcomes not any different than witnessed at witch trials in the 1600’s (innocent dead people).

 

All Adults are the Protectors of All Children

Here’s a breakdown from Children’s Healthcare that shows a breakdown of states and their religious exemptions.

 

What saddens me most is that we only know of the children who have suffered and died because of the religious exemption laws (children must die to be reported on – when they are alive and suffering, no one knows).

4 Comments

  1. ‪I find striking a question, what if from the outset the natural parents had the child mistakenly removed due to metabolic condition? They may have been falsely accused of maltreatment only to go to a home that truly ignored symptoms.

  2. Velvet, In working with fifty children over many years in child protection as a volunteer CASA guardian ad litem, I’ve not seen that happen. My experience has be that only the very worst cases of abuse make it into the system and generally years of really awful abuse have been visited on the child before they are ever removed.

    To see a child that has been tortured once through a birth family, then to suffer through the frightening experience of court removal from the home, fostering and finally to be adopted and neglected/abused again and then die at the hands of dangerous people is the most profoundly sad and unfair thing that could happen to anyone. We really do need to reform a system that does this to children.

  3. Is lack of medical care always child abuse? I’ve known parents who refuse Chemo on their children in favor of alternative natural medicine and they are fined or imprisoned or their child is taken from them . Then the “care givers” administer Deadly Chemo drugs into the snatched child. What is abuse in this case? Big Pharma and Monsanto are poisoning our land, water & food and forcing the population to take toxic vaccines that have hidden agents for even worse side effects. Nothing is black and white. You can not point at the parents without also pointing at the Medical Industrial Complex & the Chemical Industrial Complex. Would you take a child away from parents who only feed their kids McDonalds food? I would, but then I’m extreme. My adopted cousin who is now 40 years old was stolen by my aunt from her physically abusive mother who has placed her in scalding water, and to this day has the physical scars to show. My parents allowed a Catholic Priest to write to me and give me backrubs as a child from 13-16 in front of them which let to sexual abuse by him. Should I have been taken away from my parents? They were delinquent in their duties to protect me but I don’t blame them anymore. I would have been worse off had I been fostered. This is not an easy call. Death is not the proof of abuse. However, what will change the hearts and minds of Adults? We have a sex slave trade that harvests 1000’s of children off the streets of America, give & sells them to Government officials, Satanic churches, Men in the Entertainment industry & Military to name a few. This kind of Emotional & Mental illness and morbid morality of humans is a curse on this earth. All I know is what you focus on grows, so Focus on the solution and not the evil or the evil will love you and grow even wilder. Our Power is The Quality of Our Focus – look up Ho’Oponopono the power of Loving Forgiveness . People need our Forgiveness and Love not our judgment and hate. It’s a spiritual warfare we are in for the minds of humanity. Love & Forgiveness toward those people we judge unlocks the prison they are in.

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