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[At 8am on the morning of September 29, 2011, the Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force (BINTF) forced entry into the home of Daisy Bram and her husband Jayme Walsh. Law enforcement officers arrested the couple and working jointly with Child Protective Services, seized their children — including their 3-week-old suckling newborn, Zeus, who was violently ripped from his mother’s arms. He and his 15-month-old brother, Thor, were snatched and placed in a stranger’s home. Neither of these nursing babies had ever been away from their parents.]
The NORML Women's Alliance has recently been approached by several qualified cannabis patients who have had their children taken away by the Butte County, CA Children Services Division. While that is not a new story in itself, it has also been brought to our attention that Butte County leads all of California's large counties in the percentage rate of permanent removal of children from parents, according to the 2011 report by the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.
The questionable actions and perceived misconduct (see attachments) by the Butte County CSD has compelled the NORML Women's Alliance to file an official request for an investigation by the Grand Jury in Butte County (including a financial audit).
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