The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 5, 2013

Child safety


— As a concerned citizen of Northumberland County, I would like to bring to the attention of my fellow citizens a case that I find appalling. We all know that in today’s world there are many children in need of our help from abuse or neglect.

Anyone who has any kind of heart, is a parent or cares for the safety of children as much as I do would be angered to find out that a child is knowingly being put back in harm’s way with the chance it could result in a serious tragedy.

I have currently been involved in that kind of case, except Children and Youth has let this child down this time. They have knowingly and willingly given a woman who was found in horrible conditions more than once the right to her child without a fight.

They have let her choose who will and will not testify against her and have even let her have more than her fair share of say in the matter of her child, which they took from her.

How is a government service, meant to protect the children of our society, going to help anyone if they let the defendant who is being investigated run their own investigation? Children and Youth themselves are supposed to run the investigation to the best of their ability to make sure that the child is completely safe. That includes discovering all the facts, listening to all the evidence and hearing witnesses, who have seen what kind of mental or physical abuse and neglect that has been put upon the child, come forward and do their duty as a concerned citizen.

This is America the last I checked, and as far as I know, we are supposed to protect and help the innocent first and foremost before we go and protect the guilty or inconsiderate, especially when it is someone who cannot speak up for themselves.

Tabitha Derr, Sunbury