Handcuffed mother gives birth - baby
snatched - nurses weep!
September 26, 2001. Ruth
Christine gave birth to her fifth child in Missoula, Montana the night before
last. Before the mother's pain killers had even worn off,
little Abbey Rose was seized by Montana authorities and is now being held
at an undisclosed location. Ruth was shackled and handcuffed to the bed
upon which she gave birth. Hospital attendants who witnessed the birth
reportedly wept at the spectacle.
The baby girl's
condition is unknown, but Ruth is mightily worried. "Brian (Ruth's
husband) has severe allergies, for which he requires constant medication and
which little Abbey Rose might inherit. Without the colostrum that my
breast milk would have provided, I worry about my baby's health."
Colostrum, the mother's milk that is usually a baby's first few meals,
provides important immune system reinforcement. No breast feeding.
No bonding. No kidding.
Ruth was denied
the opportunity to call anybody, even her lawyer, as she was taken in chains
to the hospital delivery room.
Welcome to the New
World Order, where it "takes a village to raise a child" and parents
are only custodians for their own children, children "owned" by the
following birth, after the baby had been spirited away, Ruth was dragged
before a judge, bound and still senseless from medication, to be served with a
warrant for her extradition back to Oregon on charges that she abused her
other daughters and helped her husband to "kidnap" them from the
Oregon authorities who had pledged to adopt them out to others. Ruth
is expected to be handed over to Oregon within a few days. The abuse?
The kids weren't fat, like normal American kids today. Oregon state
officials claimed the girls were malnourished, yet just two weeks
later pronounced them fit, in good condition and normal.
The state alleges
that Brian struck Lydia as a part of her toilet training and she had fallen
down, sustaining a cut on her forehead and a skull fracture. The
fracture was not disclosed by initial examinations or a CT Scan, but a
State-retained doctor eventually expressed the opinion that Lydia had one,
to Children and Families (SCF) has promised to haul little Abbey Rose back to
Oregon, to be put up for adoption, too. I and other Christine
family lawyers, serving unpaid, are actively opposing this and rushing to
have Brian's mother, Teri Christine, named guardian, a role she has provided
to baby Olivia, Ruth and Brian's fourth baby girl, since birth. Although
the three other girls, aged 3 to 6, had lived with Teri Christine for a
year before Brian and Ruth went on the extended road trip that ended when
Grants Pass, Oregon officials seized their daughters, state officials refused
to allow them to return to her, instead shuttling them from one Oregon foster
family to another over the past year.
Only after months
of legal maneuvering has Oregon finally given up trying to get baby Olivia
taken from her grandmother and returned to be adopted out with her sisters.
All members of the family are Indiana residents.
Allan Coon, Josephine
County (Oregon) Circuit Court judge, just this afternoon issued his
order that the three older girls are to be adopted out, with the formal
proceeding to terminate Ruth and Brian's parental rights allowed to go
forward. This order followed on the heels of a spirited hearing before
Judge Coon in Grants Pass less than one week ago, at which a number of local
residents rallied to protest the treatment accorded the Christine family.
The three little
girls subject to today's court order: Lydia, Miriam and Bethany
Judge Coon stated
in his order that the parents forfeited their right to be reunified with their
daughters when they allegedly "kidnapped" the girls at gunpoint last
month, after being told by SCF that the girls were to be adopted out
regardless of what they did. The judge noted that the Christine parents
both faced "serious Ballot Measure 11 offenses in the State of
Oregon" (including a mandatory minimum sentencing law that would mete out
the same punishment as if they had kidnapped the children of strangers and
fled across state lines). Brian and Ruth Christine were
apprehended in Montana and have since been held in separate jails and denied
any opportunity to communicate with one another. Brian will be
extradited to Oregon at the same time as Ruth.
The judge's order
ruled out any possibility of a guardianship in lieu of a permanent adoption.
Ruth's parents have recently come to Oregon from their home in England and are
attempting to be the adoptive parents. No reason was given for refusing
to consider Brian's mother for adopting the girls, which would at least unite
all four (hopefully five, now ) sisters.
guardianship of baby Abbey Rose by her grandmother in Indiana took a severe
turn for the worse when Milt Datsopoulos, the lawyer we retained, even
after I promised him the payment he required for filing guardianship
papers, withdrew via facsimile message literally at the last moment, as last
weekend began, thereby all but guaranteeing that the baby would be born
without guardianship papers being timely filed, thereby opening the door
for Oregon to step in and attempt to seize the baby.
Datsopoulos, of Missoula, Montana, had promised to help the Christine parents
and their unborn baby several weeks ago, he offered no reason for his
withdrawal, other than that the case was too "complex."
Datsopoulos heads what is reputed to be the largest law firm in Missoula.
I am prevented from filing the required paperwork myself because I
am not admitted to practice law in the state of Montana, as I am in Oregon,
Idaho, Washington and California (lawyers must be separately admitted to
practice in each state in which they practice, by passing that state's
bar exam along with all other lawyers fresh out of law school in that state).
The fund appeal
for the Christine defense costs stalled when the World Trade Center disaster
occurred. A little over $2,000 had been collected at that time, barely
enough to pay Datsopoulos the amount he estimated for filing the
Even if we get the
guardianship papers filed and little Abbey Rose out of harm's way, we still
have three major pieces of litigation ahead of us: Ruth's criminal
trial, Brian's criminal trial and the proceeding to terminate their parental
rights. Costs are anticipated to be substantial, particularly if we have
to hire lawyers and/or experts. I, of course, am admitted in Oregon and
am representing the Christines pro bono (for free), as a public
service since their plight is such an important object lesson in governmental
bureaucracy run amuck.
Donations may be
made to the Christine Defense Fund, PO Box 1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860.
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with "Christine Defense Fund" noted in the distribution directions.
both devout Christians, welcome your prayers for their family, as well.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
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