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Protection of Celebrity Children (Sometimes)
December 31, 2009 permalink
Actor Charlie Sheen has come under investigation by child protectors, joining celebrity Tiger Woods. Mr Sheen could lose his children.
In a second enclosed article, another celebrity had a child injured at his home, but for once child protectors did not rush in to investigate. This celebrity's name was Barack Obama.
Sheen, Mueller Could Lose Twin Boys
Posted Wednesday 30 December 07:05 AM By: PopEater Staff
After Charlie Sheen allegedly threatened to kill his 32-year old wife of three years on Dec. 25 with a four-inch switchblade, the couple are being investigated by Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services and could potentially have their nine-month-old twin boys, Max and Bob, taken away from them temporarily, a DCFS insider tells HollywoodLife. "When Charlie and his family step off the plane in California, they'll be greeted by social workers," the source says, explaining that both parents will be closely monitored, even drug tested three-to-five times a week.
On Christmas morning, Sheen was taken into police custody on suspicion of assaulting Brooke Mueller. The actor hasn't been charged and was released Friday after posting an $8,500 bond. Prosecutors will determine whether to file charges. DCFS was made aware of the situation immediately by Colorado law enforcement and has started an investigation of the Sheen family situation, the source told HollywoodLife.
Because of its high-profile nature, the Sheen case is being handled by DCFS' "Case Sensitive Unit," which means two social workers have been assigned to investigate, rather than the usual one. "They'll have a primary and a secondary social worker on this case," the insider says. "The primary social worker will report and the secondary is only there for back-up."
Although Sheen's charges in Colorado won't be prosecuted in court until February, the DCFS case will go to court as soon as possible.
"Most likely a third party will [move in] with the family," the source says. "It could be a grandmother, mother, sister, anyone with a clean record that is cleared by the court."
Because of Sheen's history of domestic violence and substance abuse and Mueller's reported battle with alcohol and drugs, a court could go as far as determining that both are unfit as parents, and the children might be temporarily placed with another guardian, the source says.
Source: Pop Eater
Drama For Obama as Child's Injury Delays Golf Game
By REUTERS, Published: December 29, 2009, Filed at 2:03 p.m. ET
KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Vacationing President Barack Obama interrupted a golf game on Monday and sped back to his holiday house after the child of friends was hurt in a beach accident.
Obama, on vacation in the island state where he grew up, raced home in his motorcade in a bit of high drama shortly after arriving at a lush golf course for an afternoon game.
The child, identified by the White House as the son of Obama's friends Eric and Cheryl Whitaker, is now well and did not require stitches as first suggested, an official said.
"Eric and Cheryl Whitaker's son was examined and released from the hospital. He is home playing with his friends and just fine," said White House spokesman Bill Burton.
Eric Whitaker had been in the president's golfing party when word reached them that the boy had been injured. An ambulance with flashing lights sped past a van of reporters near the family compound after the president's arrival.
The ambulance later drove off with lights still flashing and Obama returned to the golf course to play.
There were no details on what happened to the child but an administration official described it earlier as a "run of the mill beach injury."
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott)
Source: New York Times