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Motherhood Punished

July 23, 2009 permalink

A mother in Summerside, Prince Edward Island has been convicted of a crime for a show of displeasure toward the social worker who took her child from school. Social workers expect parents to thank them for kidnapping their children.



Last updated at 12:17 AM on 23/07/09

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The Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE – A Summerside woman has received probation for slapping a social worker who had taken her child.

The woman, in her late 30s, pleaded guilty in Provincial Court Wednesday to assault.

Her son had been picked up at school, under provisions of the Child Protection Act.

The woman and her husband became very upset and met with the worker and supervisor at the office. Just before leaving, the woman swore at the worker and slapped her in the face. No injuries were reported.

The court heard the woman had also been waiting to hear news on some family health issues and struggled with anxiety. She has no record and attended anger management sessions since the assault.

Judge Jeff Lantz considered the emotional nature of the situation. He also took into account the vulnerability of the social worker, agreeing workers deserve some degree of protection by the court.

Lantz suspended the passing of sentence and put the woman on probation for 18 months. The terms include not contacting the victim, writing a letter of apology, 60 hours of community service work and undergoing assessment, counselling and treatment for any mental health issues as directed. She must pay a $50 victim surcharge.


Source: Journal Pioneer (Summerside, Prince Edward Island)