Update on the Henderson Case

BOARD OF COUNTY SUPERVISORS, DCFS, RUTHERFORD CONTACTED

by Sharon Rondeau

The County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has taken away six children from two loving parents, the youngest of whom is five weeks old. The Post & Email has contacted various authorities about the case.

(Sep. 10, 2012) — On September 9, 2012, The Post & Email reported on a case in which Los Angeles police and DCFS workers tore a five-week-old infant from a mother’s arms on August 31, 2012 and refused to return the child after the parents declined a court-appointed attorney last Thursday.  The remaining five children belonging to the Hendersons have been placed in various foster homes around the state.  As of yesterday’s report, mother Erica’s unsupervised visitation had been terminated, presumably out of retaliation, which the mother relayed to our source was expected.

Last night, we contacted the Los Angeles Board of County Supervisors via email and today received the following message:

To ‘editor@thepostemail.com’
Thank you for visiting the County of Los Angeles, Board of Supervisors’ website.  In response, the following e-mail has been forwarded to each of the Five Supervisorial Districts, Chief Executive Office and the Department of Children and Family Services.
 

From: editor@thepostemail.com [mailto:editor@thepostemail.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2012 2:30 PM
To: ExecutiveOffice
Subject: BOS Contact Us Message
 
Your Name
Sharon Rondeau
 
Your Email
editor@thepostemail.com
 
Send Email To
Board Operations
 
Your Name
Sharon Rondeau
 
Your Email
editor@thepostemail.com
 
Your Phone
203-987-7948
 
Your Message
I operate an electronic newspaper which reports on government corruption. I have just become aware of a case involving the Henderson family in which a five-week-old infant was taken from its mother on August 31, with the other children separated into foster homes for no apparent reason. Why has this happened, and have you examined the circumstances with the new supervisor of DCFS? I will be reporting on this story tonight and following up with you in the morning.

This morning, The Post & Email has called the Los Angeles Board of County Supervisors about the case and spoken with an assistant to one of the supervisors, Regina, who listened courteously to our concerns for several minutes.  While taking our call, she had to break away twice, stating that the phones were ringing constantly.  Toward the end of our call, she said she had “five calls on hold.”  She promised to relay our concerns to Philip Browning, Director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Ironically, Los Angeles County has deemed the week of September 10-14, 2012 as “Family Reunification Week.”

After the children were taken from the parents in 2010, no signs of abuse or neglect were found, yet the children have not been returned to their home.  The parents have both been jailed and suffered ill health as a result, lost all of their personal possessions, and had money stolen from them.  The children are scattered in several foster homes, and one has reportedly been abused.

The Post & Email then contacted the office of Director Browning and spoke to Ms. Rice, who “screens his calls.”  We related our concerns and indicated that the story is now being read nationally and internationally.  We stressed that the five-week-old baby was torn from his mother at a very crucial time in his development and that the other children may never recover from the emotional damage which has been inflicted upon them.

Ms. Rice asked us to email her a link to our story, which we did, with instructions to register for a free subscription.  We asked that if she finds any factual errors in the story to please advise us and a correction would be issued.  As of this writing, we can confirm that Ms. Rice has registered with The Post & Email.

We have also contacted The Rutherford Institute in Washington, DC, which came to the defense of Brandon Raub, a former Marine arrested for posting comments viewed as “anti-government” on his Facebook page.  Rutherford has reported that Raub plans to sue for civil rights violations over the involuntary incarceration he suffered in a psychiatric ward.

At 12:08 p.m. EDT/9:08 a.m. PDT, Regina called us back to ask the first name of the mother, which we supplied upon returning the call.  We also supplied other details available in various reports on the case, including the retaliation which followed the parents’ refusal to accept the court-appointed attorney in Thursday.

The Post & Email will continue to follow this story in the interest of seeing the Hendersons reunited and free of retaliation from the Los Angeles County government, specifically DCFS.

2 Responses to "Update on the Henderson Case"

  1. Ellen Gross   Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Great article! Unbelievable that this is happening in America. Tragic for this family, I can’t imagine what it must be like for them to be separated and feel so powerless. Time to turn things around. Thanks for what you do to expose government corruption!

  2. Steven Pattison   Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Please sent the following information to the ones that the retaliation for the refusal to accept a court-appointed attorney is an act of Sedition against their unalienable Rights.

    The ones that required this couple to accept a court-appointed attorney if true is Sedition and if not corrected immediately please notice me with CC to anyone that needs to under that this could end up as an Act of Treason which is a very serious event.

    /S/ Steven Pattison
    Email contact StevenPattison@everestkc.net

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