We want your baby
August 31, 2001
From: Edgar J. Steele [email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 11:59 PM
Subject: Press Release: "We want your baby."
Press Release – Immediate 8:00 p.m., August 31, 2001
Contact: Edgar J. Steele, Attorney at Law tel: (208) 265-4153
102 S. Fourth Ave., Suite C fax: (208) 265-5329
Sandpoint, Idaho 83860 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSOULA, MONTANA - First, they took her three young girls on an anonymous
and unverifiable phone call that one looked kind of sick. Then they moved
heaven and earth, trying desperately to take the baby she bore a month
later, though it was several states out of their jurisdiction. Then they
had her arrested and thrown in a Montana jail for "kidnapping" her own
children. Now, she is about to give birth to her fifth child and they are
trying to snatch it, too, after which they want to lock her and her husband
away in prison for a long, long time.
Pretty serious stuff. Must be a modern Bonnie and Clyde. "How many people
have they killed?" would be a logical question. Well....none, actually.
What have they done wrong? Their most serious crime: they loved their
children. Their biggest mistake: they trusted that truth would find a way.
Ruth Christine whiles away her time in a Missoula, Montana jail, while
Oregon officials move to have her extradited to stand trial on charges that
she helped to kidnap her own children. Ruth is counting the days until
delivery of her next child, too - anytime during the next couple of weeks.
Oregon's Services to Children and Families (SCF) has had its counterpart in
Montana, Child Protection Services (CPS), pay a call on Ruth and her doctor
yesterday. Nobody is to be allowed into the delivery room except their
people. Immediately upon birth, the baby is to be taken from Ruth and
handed over to Oregon. No cuddling. No breast feeding. No bonding. No
Edgar J. Steele, an attorney based in Northern Idaho, with offices in
California, has agreed to take the lead in representing Ruth and Brian
Christine in what has become a modern-day David and Goliath story of
citizens against a government seemingly out of control.
"They just refused to play ball," said Steele from his office in Sandpoint,
Idaho. "They must have seemed like easy marks, apparent itinerants living
in a bus with their three little girls, parked not far from the public
library in Grants Pass, Oregon."
Ruth and Brian had chosen to spend a few years traveling with their young
family and earning a modest income from his internet-based business
dealings. He would use public-access terminals, like those found in public
libraries, to conduct business.
Apparently, somebody in Grants Pass didn't think that was right, so he or
she called authorities to say that one of the little girls "looked
dehydrated." She did look a bit under the weather, truth be told. It was
hot, being midsummer, and the little girl was just getting over an illness.
When authorities arrived, they found she had a bandaid on her forehead where
she had bumped her head while playing. That was enough.
By the end of the day, Brian had been hauled off and booked for "child
endangerment," the three girls taken by armed deputies to a foster home and
Ruth left dazed, penniless and 8 months pregnant, alone and confused in the
converted bus which had served as the family home for the past two years.
Once Brian was released, he and Ruth chose to fight the legal system on
their own, spurning the offer of a county-paid public defender. They did
all the wrong things, according to the system, just as people often do when
they dare to represent themselves in a courtroom. They didn't realize the
stakes that were involved. They believed that eventually truth would find a
way and they would get their children back. They were wrong.
Along the way, Ruth traveled home to Indiana to have her baby. She
eventually left baby Olivia behind with her mother and returned to Oregon to
help Brian in the struggle to regain custody of their three little girls.
"We want Olivia, too," said the Oregon officials, and began a marathon
court proceeding designed to have the baby taken from its grandmother, who
had been appointed its legal guardian, and brought to Oregon to be placed
with a foster home. Only three days ago, the Indiana judge that had become
embroiled in the struggle laid down the law: Indiana refuses to allow
Oregon to have baby Olivia.
About a month ago, Oregon made it clear to Ruth and Brian that they were
never to see their children again, as they were about to be adopted out.
Desperate, the couple allegedly plotted to take their girls and run away.
They were tracked down in Montana, turned in by those they considered
friends. While Ruth sits in a Missoula jail, Brian awaits extradition to
Oregon from his cell in Billings, on the other side of the state, destined
to stand trial on a host of criminal charges stemming from the alleged
Meanwhile, though the couple's newest baby is about to be born in Montana,
Oregon has convinced Montana authorities to seize that child upon birth and
transport it to Oregon to be adopted out with the three older Christine
Steele pledges that the baby will not be taken without a legal struggle.
"Nor will the three older girls be adopted out to strangers without a
pitched battle of epic proportions," said Steele. "This case represents the
modern trend of Big Brother come to life in America. We have to stop it
here or there will never be any stopping government from taking anybody's
child for any reason."
"The criminal charges will be the toughest," said Steele. Though the
Christines' alleged acts were born of desperation about never seeing their
little girls again, the system just won't allow that as a justification. In
a very real sense, the system drove them crazy, and now it wants to lock
them up for doing the very things it is itself guilty of having driven them
to do. This isn't right and I hope that we can get a jury that sees things
that way. Meanwhile, we have our work cut out, just keeping the kids from
being placed permanently out of reach while we deal with the criminal
While Steele is providing his legal services pro bono (for free), he notes
that there will be considerable costs to expended in the Christines'
defense, nonetheless, and asks that donations be directed to the Christine
Defense Fund, PO Box 1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860. Donations can be made via
credit card over the Internet by logging on to PayPal.com and directing
donations to email@example.com, with a notation for the Christine Defense
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."
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