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We've been subjected to an onslaught of Roe v Wade opinions all day.  How morally bankrupt and unChristian this nation has become.  Millions of unborn babies, never to see a birthday or graduation, oh how sad and unthinkable.  

Something is conspicuously missing from their rhetoric; it's their concern for this nation's existing children.  Especially here in Florida, easily the drug capital; a pediatric nurse told me in October that "cleaning" a born addict is now accomplished within 21 days instead of 30.  Then they are released by DCF to their birth mothers.  One can only imagine what the lives of these children are like.  There are probably millions of them.  Let me tell you about one I love dearly.

Her name is Abby and she is my granddaughter.  Her mother is my daughter.  Abby's parents have been abusing drugs for about a dozen years now.  When Abby was born, she weighed 6 lbs. but looked like she weighed 20.  Her father was tweaking in the birthing room, leaving every 5 minutes or so to snort his crushed pills.  It was surreal...nobody did anything.  All those medical people, yet nobody called the police, or tested Abby or her parents for drugs, or called DCF or questioned my daughter.  When Abby went home her dad, who was on probation, continued to sell drugs from their apartment.  I prayed that my daughter would be frightened for the safety of her child, but she wasn't.  Then, because they are addicts, they didn't pay their rent and had to move in with us.  Abby was 4 mos. old.  

Addicts don't "succeed" because you don't "trust" them.  So we told them we weren't "parents", but we had some expectations.  He had to keep his job.  (He was on probation at the time.)  They had to pay for their own groceries.  Otherwise, they could stay as long as they needed to get on their feet.  They took Abby everywhere.  Her "aunt" (whose first child had been seized because the boyfriend beat it up and she refused to leave him) became Abby's babysitter when her dad needed to "see his friends".  We were never permitted to be with Abby all day by ourselves.  In the heat of Florida, her parents would prepare her bottles from powdered formula for us.  For short jaunts.  In an insulated diaper bag. Local labs refused to test the bottles for drugs. (Chain of custody, they said.)

Soon, all my jewelry disappeared, as did my husbands coin collection.  Abby's dad would be up all night, his head landing with a thud in plates of food.  Their room was full of ants and old, crusty plates.  Soon he "lost" his job.  He resumed screaming in my daughter's face.  The end had come; we told my daughter that he had to go but she could stay.  We called the police and filed a report for the stolen items.  Two days later, while I was at work, my daughter took Abby and left.

They moved in with his alcoholic father in a 700 s.f. home in cracktown.  I was confident that I could protect Abby.  However, within a month visitation came to a grinding halt.  I called DCF and an "investigation" ensued.  The parents both tested positive to oxycodone and marijuana on DCF's first surprise visit.  However, nothing was done to protect Abby.  That was 17 months ago.   She still lives with her parents.  I haven't seen her since January 1, 2012.

Name the agency or public servant, I have contacted them.  At least a dozen detectives have told me that they can't or won't do anything.  The sheriff's captain told me that I'm adverserial, so he refuses to make this a "case".  Detectives have threatened me with arrest for harrassment.  DCF caseworkers and supervisors have screamed at and insulted me.  One of them told me she was calling the police when I asked her a question.  Her supervisor told me that she was hanging up on me and if I didn't like it I could call Tallahassee.  I did. Nothing was done.  I have reported that her mother told me last year that Abby's father "keeps her asleep all day Saturdays" while she's at work.  The last photo of Abby was texted to us by her father July 31, 2012.  He is holding her and they are both high.  I had 20 copies made, one for DCF.  The caseworker accepted the photo; Abby still lives with her parents and is not, unfortunately, an isolated case.  I am a hair stylist and I hear accounts of police indifferance and abuse all day long.  DCF can be more dangerous to our children than their own abusive parents.  They are inconsistant and without oversight; many of my clients grandchildren have been removed from their homes for far less than Abby's case yet she is still without protection.    

So forgive me for seeing a glaring hypocrisy in all this abortion debate.  Our tax dollars are currently funding child abuse and neglect (a felony) at the hands of DCF and law enforcement.  Career drug dealers are protected by "Florida's finest".  The "war on drugs"?  Hasn't been one down here for years.  After all, nobody cares how it affects our tiniest citizens.  They've already been born.  
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  •  I'm very sorry for what happened to you and (4+ / 0-)

    Abby.  Have you spoken with an attorney about it?  Does your state have an attorney general or omnisbusman that could something?  

    I'm glad you posted.  Sometimes embarrassment works.  

    •  I have spoken with five attorneys (0+ / 0-)

      in the Sarasota area and two in a neighboring county.  They all agree to a $10K retainer but advise against it as their failure rate is high.  One of them related that the result of a recent case was refusal to give the grandmother emergency custody of her three grandkids, even though both parents had been arrested 27 times between them for cooking meth in the backyard shed. Another atty said,  "Remember one thing.  Judges don't give a damn about you, your granddaughter, your suffering or the law.  They care about getting elected and re-elected.  Period."
      I have yet to contact the states atty because I have been told he does not prosecute drug or gang related crimes.  Private investigators will not take this on as they say there is no amount of evidence sufficent for arrest.  Cops dont want to be bothered.  They are extremely aggressive.  I must try, however.  

  •  In context of Roe v Wade. What did you teach her? (2+ / 0-)
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    Was your daughter aware that abortion is safe and legal in this nation?  What made her think that she could provide Abby a proper home environment?
    Why did she take the pregnancy to term when she was a drug addict and the father was a drug addict?
    Was taking that pregnancy to term a moral choice?  I think not.  This poor choice to reproduce at the wrong time with the wrong people adversely effects society and is unconsciously cruel to Abby and you.
    Shame on your daughter for making the wrong choice with taking the pregnancy to term.  Now there is nothing but sorrow and misery to pay.
    Did you not teach your daughter that abortion is the moral choice under such circumstances?
    Having a baby under those conditions was thoughtless, cruel and stupid beyond measure.
    Now, we have this baby born already behind in this horrible economy with the nation going down the tubes.   She belongs to us all in the sense that she is a fellow citizen with a very high chance of being a low quality and dependent citizen.
    I can only hope that you get custody before it is really too late.

    •  u can do more than hope u can fill out the (1+ / 0-)
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    •  How very odd that you seem to think an addict (1+ / 0-)
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      would actually rationally consider whether or not it is in her or her embryo's best interest to continue a pregnancy. You berate the author as if she actually could get through to her daughter. My niece is in a similar situation to the author's daughter, and no amount of pleading from her mother or aunts as stopped her from having children, all with developmental issues, all thankfully taken away from her by the state and family.

      Addicts don't think about the future or consequences.

    •  please refer to orrtdust (0+ / 0-)

      comment.  BTW, my daughter has had several abortions prior to Abby's birth.  Addicts are controlling, manipulative and self absorbed.  Her father once said, "if you wont help me, your of no use to me."  It sent chills down my spine; how can a baby "help" them?  The knowledge of how a baby can "help" them is unthinkable.
      Please recommend this post, share and circulate the petition.  Abby is only one of many.  This is a culture, not an incident.  Help her.  

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