My horror story happened the day after I was evacuated from the home I rented because the furnace was unsafe. I had decided to stay at an aquaintances house, and when the cps workers arrived to visit her unannounced the next morning, I was sitting on the couch and my son was 4 feet away in his playpen and had just woken up from a long mid morning nap.
Cps worker Margaret Armstrong, was banging on the girls door because she had locked herself in her bedroom. She was kicking it and swearing and had lost her temper, and I muttered, "b***h" fairly loudly, and she walked into the living room, and asked," what did you say?" I repeated it, and she said she could take my child away, and I said no she couldnt, I am a good mom, who did she think she was and we exchanged words. I picked up my son, and started walking down the hallway of the apartment toward the front door, and she yelled, "stop her!" and then she pushed me into the wall of the hallway face fist and I shaved my knee on the wall, because I was holding my 1 year old son at the time and I put my knee up to avoid having him hit the wall. She then took my hand that was holding my son and dug her fingernails so hard into my hand that it left bloody moonshaped cuts, and I still have a scar.
My son started wailing, and she began pulling at his feet which terrified me, and I shifted him into my other arm away from her and shoved her away from us as hard as I could with one arm and she yelled, "call 911!" to the other social worker who hadnt' followed us. I walked into the room where I had spent the night. My boyfriend was there and he was sitting in the window, it was slightly cracked at the bottom, he was smoking and I made it half way across the room to him and said, "I have to get out of here." Margaret Armstrong screamed hysterically," she is going out the window." I had no idea what she was talking about and no time to think, she raced at me head down, like a quarterback and snatched my baby from me like he was a football... and I started to scream. I din't have any idea she was a "child protective services" employee, she never told me.
I screamed, "they took my baby!" probably 100 times. I was crying and hysterical. The cops tried and couldn't figure out what was going on. My boyfriend cried and kept asking what was going on. They took me to the hospital and couldn't figure out what was going on either
I admitted to having 2 beers and a cup of wine and they took me to a mental hospital for detoxing although I really didn't need it, I was terrified no one could tell me what had happened to my son, All I new was that Margaret had gotten him, and she was the last person I even wanted holding him, ... the other social worker that had been there brought my baby to see me, she said Margaret hadn't been told... but it was the first time I had ever been apart from him. She apologised. She also explained Margaret was like that but there was nothing she could do because of her position. (everyone seems scared of Margaret)
Alright, I admitt I had been drinking, (I had had 2 beers and a coffee cup of wine and it was around 2:30 in the afternoon) and I had been formula feeding my son that morning, but I am not a chronic drinker and I am 27 years old and that is not illegal and my son was sleeping and was in his playpen, and I was still watching him, and he was extremely well cared for. It was just I had found the dad sleeping with another woman in my basement and lost my 18 year old brother in a tradjedy, and now been evacuated from my apartment, all within the last year, and I wanted to have a few drinks in a social setting. I was not drunk.
In court she tried to make it sound like I was giving my son alcohol, she stated I was giving him wine from a cup (lies) and I tried to "toss" him through a second story window. (lies, my boyfriend was blocking the only window by sitting in it, smoking, I think it had a screen in it, I was 4-5 ft from it and besides I LOVE MY SON) she also stated I "hit" her for no reason.
SHe didn't mention how she assaulted me at all.
I had been allowed 8 hour visitations within my son for the week between her assault of me and my court date, which I cannot figure out why they would've allowed if I had really been doing those things. It was killing me, I wanted my son back, and he wasn't doing so well with it either.
The judge ruled that my son remain in my permanant care, because it is a small town, and he had seen me walk my son daily through town the previous summer probably and on numerous occasions about with my son...however I am visited by cps workers almost weekly on some sort of probation and they give me little pamphlets on children which honestly insults me. Their boss is Margaret Armstrong and I wonder what kind of embittered power hungry malevelolent and manipulative woman must live within her ugly lying skin.
They threatened me early on to give me a drug and alcohol assessment, which I gladly offered to take of my whole free will, and although I honestly admitted to drinking that morning and occasionally, at the assessment, I was assessed as having no problem with neither drugs nor alcohol.
I have been apologised to by almost everyone else on the cps force, except, Margaret Armstrong, as they are for the most part a team of people trying to help children and families in need, but she is the only one who really owes me an apology and beyond.
Now that I am back in my own home with my son (and my same boyfriend) it is obvious to any visitors that I am a good mom. I am terrified though about being lied about again. My son is terrified every time I attempt to even go to the bathroom by myself, he is terrified of shutting doors, and car rides in strange cars. He was never like that before.
I am crying out for justice. I am crying out for her to lose her job, and for it to be recognised that she owes me and my beautiful son an apology.
What she did was illegal in so many ways. She needed a warrant prior to threatening to take my son, much less to actually take him, she had no legal right (nor incentive) to take him, she assaulted me, endangered him, an innocent baby (some child welfare worker) and purposefully lied in court for her own ends.
People like her must not be allowed to remain in positions of power. Everyone though seems unable or unwilling to do anything other than apologize for her corrupt behavior.
RICHLAND CENTER, Wisconsin
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