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Parents Sue Wal-Mart Over Bathtime Pictures/Child Porn Hysteria

by @ 4:55 pm on September 18, 2009. Filed under In The News, Random Thoughts

Once again, the rule seems to be take a picture of your child wearing anything but a burqa and you risk going to jail:

PHOENIX — An Arizona couple accused of sexual abuse after taking bath-time photos of their children and then trying to have them developed at Walmart are suing the state and the retail giant.

Lisa and Anthony “A.J.” Demaree’s three young daughters were taken away by Arizona Child Protective Services last fall when a Walmart employee found partially nude pictures of the girls on a camera memory stick taken to the store for processing, according to the suit.

The Peoria couple’s attorney said Walmart turned the photos over to police and the Demarees were not allowed to see their children for several days and didn’t regain custody for a month while the state investigated.

Neither parent was charged with sexual abuse and they regained custody of their children — then ages 1 1/2, 4 and 5 — but the Demarees claim the incident inflicted lasting harm.

The couple is seeking undetermined monetary damages from both Walmart and the state and have requested a jury trial.

Richard Treon, the lawyer for the Demarees, said the images of the girls were part of a group of 144 photographs taken mostly during the family’s vacation in San Diego.

There were seven to eight bath- and playtime photos of the girls that showed a “portion or outline or genitalia.”

“There was nothing sexual about it,” Treon said. “This is a parent’s worst nightmare.”

I’ve written about this before, and what I said then is equally applicable now:

Parents are being persecuted for taking pictures that parents have taken since cameras were invented. There is nothing lewd or pornographic about it. In today’s era, when even being charged with an offense like this is the equivalent of a Scarlet Letter, the eagerness with which police and photo store employees to jump at something like this and scream “child abuse” should be a concern to anyone.

I hope these people get every penny they’re asking for.

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5 Responses to “Parents Sue Wal-Mart Over Bathtime Pictures/Child Porn Hysteria”

  1. R.Hade says:

    Thank Goodness for smart people who DON’T Shop at Walmarts.
    This is what happens when you allow a non American store to do business here. These poor parents I have pictures also of my kids in the tub, topless on the beach and running naked through out THEIR home. How old was this ignorant employee? How old was his stuporvisor who oked calling the cops? Glad of law suit hope they go the distance and not settle out of court!

  2. Jim S. says:

    It has been said over and over, “You cant fix stupid” its pretty amazing that there are so many ignorant people with out the power of reason in many areas who allowed this situation to get to this level. apparently professionalism and training are not the norm in that part of the country.
    everyone who contributed to this nonsense getting to this level should be walking the streets looking for work….SOON!!

  3. thomas says:

    Everyone loves to hate on WalMart, but I don’t see how this is anyone’s fault other than the police and other government agencies that did anything other than look at the pictures and dismiss them as harmless.

  4. rediculous says:

    Just our of curiosity, why didn’t Peoria file charges against local TV station(s) for airing episodes of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST which contain naked kids. I see all sorts of little kiddie naked bottoms on that show and no one filed charges against ABC, its affiliates or the viewers who sent in their videos! There must be a checks and balances system put into place. Yes there will always be perverts. And yes there will also be people with poor judgement who can’t tell the difference.

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