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Stop arresting parents when a child is NOT hurt or in danger

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We are providing legal defense for Sue Terrillion who was charged with two counts of "Endangering the Welfare of a Child" under Delaware Law (Title 11, Section 1102(a)(1(a):  "intentionally,...

We are providing legal defense for Sue Terrillion who was charged with two counts of "Endangering the Welfare of a Child" under Delaware Law (Title 11, Section 1102(a)(1(a):  "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of the child" (emphasis added)) because we contend that a child is not likely to be injured by the mere fact that a parent is not nearby. There must be more before an investigation or arrest should result from merely a child being inside a residence or outside on his or her own. In this case, the police report (assuming it is accurate) reports that the children were outside of a rental vacation unit at this beach resort while their mother went to a restaurant to pick-up food to go.  Is the Chamber of Commerce for Rehoboth Beach really telling vacationers "don't you dare leave your child alone on the beach, at a play area, walking the dog, or anywhere or our police will arrest you, charge you with a crime and make you come back for a trial in court?" In this case, the answer is "Yes!" that is what Rehoboth Beach is telling Sue and all of you!

With our assistance, Sue has waived arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. The matter is a misdemeanor criminal case to be heard in the Family Court of Sussex County on October 14, 2016. To appear on her behalf, we must petition the court to admit our attorney pro hac vice (for this case) and retain a Delaware attorney as local counsel. The out of pocket costs alone will exceed $1,500 and we do count on donations and membership dues to cover our costs of operations. We rely on parents across the USA to come together to support our efforts to push back against infringement of the rights of parents (so long as their children are not harmed or in actual danger of being harmed).  

We currently have several other requests for legal assistance from parents in California, Illinois, and Florida that we are reviewing and considering. It is with your support that we can defend Sue and other parents AND, in doing so, change the manner in which law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and child protective services view parents. We encourage them all to go after parents who hurt their children or unreasonably put their children at risk of a real, not imagined, danger. Otherwise, follow the US Supreme Court's finding that parents have a fundamental Constitutional right to decide for their own children so long as not causing actual harm.

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