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Social worker: Children in torture case 'appeared happy, healthy'

SIGNONSANDIEGO NEWS SERVICES

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/r...redefense.html

2:16 p.m. May 29, 2008

MURRIETA – A social worker testified Thursday that the children of a man
accused of starving, beating and keeping most of them imprisoned at his
Aguanga home appeared happy, healthy and well cared for, if somewhat thin.

Todd Bellanca testified for the defense Thursday in the trial of Mansa
Musa Muhummed, 55, who faces eight counts of torture – each of which
carries a potential life sentence – 11 counts of willful injury to a
child, five counts of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and two
counts of false imprisonment.

When he was arrested on April 7, 1999, Muhummed, whose original name was
Michael Boddie, lived in the main portion of a house with his then-legal
wife, Marva Boddie, while two other “wives” – Adrienne Easter and Laura
Cowan – lived with their children in garages on the Aguanga property,
locked in with the doors nailed and padlocked shut.

Muhummed had 13 children with his first wife, two and a stepchild with
Cowan and three with Easter, for a total of 19 children.

Boddie, who now goes by her new married name of Barfield, pleaded guilty
to willful injury to a child and is to be sentenced to one year in jail
and probation as part of her plea agreement.

Witnesses for the prosecution, which included detectives, the children
and the three mothers – Barfield and Easter still wear religious veils
over their faces – have testified that Muhummed starved seven of his
children, stunting their growth.

Most were severely underweight, including an 18-year-old who weighed 56
pounds and was barely 4 feet tall, according to testimony.

Thursday, Bellanca testified he spoke to the children in February and
April of 1999.

He said that when he went to interview one of the children at a respite
center, the child did not appear to have been physically abused.

A respite center is a place where children who are removed from a home
because of suspected abuse are held for a few weeks so that a child
protective services worker can investigate.

Ahmed was taken to the center by Cowan, his mother.

Bellanca also testified that when he went to Muhummed's home, he saw one
child's room and it seemed neat and clean.

Under cross-examination by the prosecutor, however, Bellanca conceded
that Ahmed seemed “very attached” to the person who was caring for him
at the respite center.

He also admitted that all the children with whom he spoke were very thin
and wore long robes that concealed most of their bodies.

Some of the children had what Bellanca called a “flat affect,” that is,
no emotion on their faces and no facial response to anything he said.

Bellanca also said that when he went to the Aguanga home on April 8,
1999, after Muhummed had been released on bail, he sat on a sofa in the
living room and did not see the rest of the house.

“There was a strong sense that (Muhummed) did not want me there,”
Bellanca said.

He said it was not his policy to interview children behind closed doors.

“Looking back, I may have done it differently,” said Bellanca.

He said Muhummed told him he kept the doors locked to keep a mentally
unstable son from running away.

Law enforcement officers have testified that when they entered the home
after Cowan got out a message pleading for help, they found starving and
bruised children, cowed women and garage apartments locked and boarded up.

They also found biological waste in bags. Barfield testified that
Muhummed would not let the women sit on the toilet, which he called a
“throne.”




An Inconvenient Truth about Child Protective Services, Foster care, and
the Child Protection "INDUSTRY"

Child Protective Services Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of CPS.

every parent should read the free handbook from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

Perpetrators of Maltreatment

Physical Abuse CPS/Foster care 160, biological Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS/Foster care 112, biological Parents 13
Neglect CPS/Foster care 410, biological Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS/Foster care 14 biological Parents 12
Fatalities CPS/Foster care 6.4, biological Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

THIS IS AMERICA'S HIDDEN HOLOCAUST

Currently Child Protective Services violates more constitutionally
guaranteed liberties & civil rights on a daily basis then all other
agencies combined, Including the National Security agency/Central
intelligence agency wiretaping programs…

THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
BY: Nancy Schaefer Senator, 50th District of Georgia

http://www.senatornancyschaefer.com/...s.php?filter=6

This is Child Protection?
By Gregory A. Hession, J.D.

http://www.jbs.org/node/4632

Mercenary Motherhood: "Memoirs of a Babystealer."

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...nion-rightrail

FOSTER CARE IS A 80 PERCENT FAILU. A Brief Analysis of the Casey
Family Programs. Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. By Richard Wexler

http://www.nccpr.org/reports/cfpanalysis.doc

HOW THE WAR AGAINST CHILD ABUSE BECAME A WAR AGAINST CHILDREN

http://www.nccpr.org/issues/1.html

Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness
DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families
By Nev Moore Massachusetts News

http://www.massnews.com/past_issues/...May/mayds4.htm

A recent study has found that 12-18 months after leaving foster ca

30% of the nation’s homeless are former foster children.
27% of the males and 10% of the females had been incarcerated
33% were receiving public assistance
37% had not finished high school
2% receive a college degree
50% were unemployed

Children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children
not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems,
including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and
impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of
the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems. Various
studies have indicated that children and young people in foster care
tend to have limited education and job skills, perform poorly in school
compared to children who are not in foster care, lag behind in their
education by at least one year, and have lower educational attainment
than the general population.
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support

80 percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade Horn
of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former child
psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should
just be blown up.

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=2017991

Four rigorous studies have found that at least 30 percent of America’s
foster children could be home right now if their parents had decent housing.

This study found thousands of children already in foster care who would
have done better had child protection agencies not taken them away in
the first place.

Front-page story in USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...m?csp=34#Close

Read the studies online.

Casey "alumni" study: "Improving Family Foster Ca Findings from the
Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study,"

http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publi...lumniStudy.htm

MIT study: "Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects
of Foster Care,"

http://www.mit.edu/~jjdoyle/doyle_fo...arch07_aer.pdf

Texas comptroller's "Forgotten Children" reports:

www.window.state.tx.us/forgottenchildren

The bottom line? - Child Protective Services and the Foster Care system
for the most part turns out young adults that are nothing more than
walking wreckage...

CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CONSTITUTIONALLY
GUARANTEED LIBERTIES & CIVIL RIGHTS ON A DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER
AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL
INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPPING PROGRAMS....

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...

BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
 




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