NZ Family Court practice described as “barbaric” allows police to take children from their parents with no prior warning

Warning: Disturbing video content 

A Family Court practice described as “barbaric” allows police to take children from their parents with no prior warning. The removals are used to enforce parenting orders, but are they harming the children the system is meant to protect? Melanie Reid and Cass Mason report.


Watch the video in the article at the link


Night terrors

Police show up unannounced, during the night, at the home of a 5-year-old girl’s mother. They have a warrant, issued by a Family Court judge, for the removal of the child, by force if necessary – and it is clear the police are not leaving without her.

The child screams, cries for her mother, and tries to escape the officers by hiding behind a couch. Inevitably, she’s caught, lifted into the air and carried through the living room, kicking and wailing. Her mother films the scene, as the girl’s grandfather pleads with police not to hurt her. One of the officers calls the grandfather an “idiot” and as the girl is taken into the night she screams: “I’m going to vomit”.

Circumstances would suggest the girl was in grievous danger. Why else would three uniformed officers show up in the night and whisk a child into a police car?

Newsroom has reviewed many of the court documents pertaining to this case and the circumstances surrounding the child’s removal. There seems little to justify what’s shown in the footage, which can be watched in entirety in the video above.

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https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/07/41459/taken-by-the-state

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