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July 14, 2011 permalink

A mother is engaged in a crown-wardship trial over her three children. During the course of her ordeal with Leeds and Grenville children's aid, they placed her in a room for a one-on-one confrontation with her most objectionable social worker. She managed to end the meeting without fisticuffs. Later the mother learned that there were two policemen waiting just outside the door to arrest her in case the expected scuffle developed.

In parts of the story familiar from other cases, her oldest child has been starved in foster care, and is nearing medical complications from malnutrition. The legal-aid lawyer representing the mother is ineffective and has not even cross-examined adverse witnesses.

Source: conversation with mother

policemen standing by