By Joseph Snook
CA. - Rafaelina Duval recently won a civil lawsuit for $3.1 million
when a jury found that California's Department of Children and Family
Services (DCFS) "intentionally and willfully" seized her young
son, Ryan, from her custody without a warrant and with malice at the
young age of fifteen-months old.
Shawn McMillan said, "The law is very clear and they (DCFS)
get training on this, you cannot seize a child from its parents unless
there’s an emergency."
After taking baby
Ryan from his mother, social workers disallowed reunification, claiming
that Duval had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This syndrome is when a
parent intentionally makes a child sick to gain attention. The only
catch - sources stated that Duval was never diagnosed with this syndrome
- it was all just a "hunch" by social workers who don't have
the ability to diagnose!
Seven years later,
Duval only receives an hour and a half of visitation with her son every
Young Ryan is now
In another report,
Duval stated, "No money can ever satisfy how I feel."
This case is a painful
reminder that agencies like DCFS have little accountability within family
courts. Mirroring that sentiment, a Judge in Oregon recently called
child caseworkers/social workers, "the custody police." Cases
like Duval's are not limited to California.
Another family who
claimed to be a victim of DCFS stated, "how can they (DCFS)
be held liable financially, while continuously separating a son from
his reportedly loving mother?"
According to video
reports, California State will be on the hook for the $3.1 million award,
and the yet to be determined amount for punitive damages will be personally
paid by the DCFS employees who took her son.
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