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An Arkansas politician who claims he gave away his two adopted daughters, aged three and six, to a rapist because they were threatening to kill his family, and one had already crushed a family pet to death, has been taken to task by the foster mother who previously cared for the girls.
Justin Harris, a Republican who sits in the state's House of Representatives, legally adopted the two girls in March 2013 - but handed them over after just six months to a man who would go on to rape the eldest.
Francis is now serving 40 years in prison for his crimes against the six-year-old. Both girls have since found a new home.
Almost all these claims make no sense however to Cheryl Hart, who cared for the girls before Harris, and she goes so far as to say he is simply not telling the truth about some of these things in an interview with the Arkansas Times.
'It was later reported to the Department of Human Services that Mr. and Mrs. Harris had left the children with another family and had basically abandoned them. This incident was reported to the child abuse hotline and the children were interviewed.'
It was during that interview that police learned the 6-year-old had been the victim of sexual abuse.
She stated that Francis had raped her genital area to help her go to sleep, a claim he did not deny.
The incident happened while his wife was away for two weeks on a trip to Pennsylvania.
The Arkansas Times piece, written by Benjamin Hardy, also points out that in that state there is no law that prohibits parents from leaving their child in another individual's care.
In most cases, custody of an adopted child can be transferred simply by both sets of parents signing a document, and child protective services will only step in if they suspect the child is not being properly treated, which can be near impossible for them to judge at times.
This practice is legal in almost every single state in the country, even though it is a form of human trafficking.
On Wednesday, Arkansas Rep. Greg Leding introduced a bill to prevent rehoming.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has also instructed the state to review adoption procedures.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, who was aware of that fact that Rep. Harris had rehomed the girls when Francis was charged in 2014 but unable to speak out at the time as the case had not yet been made public said: 'I was shocked. I'm appalled. Why would anyone go to the trouble of adopting a child and then give the child away?'
Rep. Eddie Armstrong released a statement on behalf of the House Democrats in the state, saying: 'First, our thoughts and prayers are with this little girl and other children that may have been exposed to injury as a consequence of this practice.
'I think everyone in our caucus was dismayed to learn that rehoming is allowable in Arkansas, and a bill has already been filed to address this tragic gap in the law so that our children can be protected.'
originally posted by: thesmokingman
Bottom line the children are not his to "give" to anybody. If there were threats to kill the family if they did not give the kids to the (other rapist), then there should have been a call to the police maybe? Next, This guy is a disgusting phedophile and should be placed in prison to be taken care of by prison justice. This is an epidemic, these children being given to and used by sexual abusing, satan worshipping, rats just like what is going on in Hempstead UK right now that is just being erased from the internet and swept under the rug. The time is coming very soon for these disgusting POS to be exterminated from the earth. BTW, where in the hell is the MSM coverage on this?
originally posted by: pheonix358
Take a step back for a moment and think. See where the rabbit hole goes.
This is a sad story for the six year old indeed. But it can happen and does happen with any child.
So what will the new law do? Will it prevent child rape? No it will not, we have tough laws on that subject on the books right now.
So what. You want to send your kids to Aunt Joe for the summer holidays? Nope! Need a permit! Aunt Joe needs to get a Police check.
Single Mum gets sick, can't choose who she sends her kids too. Let the State decide. Well .... they have a great track record don't they!
Want to send your kids for a holiday with friends you trust ... nope sorry, everyone needs Police checks!
We have laws now that should be sufficient. We don't need the state coming in to tell parents who they can send their own children too.
How far will this go. Sleep overs? No they wouldn't ... would they.
You die and in your will, you nominate who gets to raise your children, well, not any more. The State will decide.
In my State, foster carers cannot allow their foster kids to go on sleepovers without the department's consent and Police checks (taking months to get) are required.
This smacks of the Government creating the situation and the solution is more onerous laws preventing parents from deciding what is best for their own children.
This perp is in jail where he belongs. The existing laws worked.
This is a very deep rabbit hole with many layers.
They will take away a huge junk of parental rights over a single incident.
originally posted by: Skid Mark
I wonder if he got any money for hanging the kids over. It makes me sick reading this. It's like they're talking about dogs or something, all the "rehoming" and all that.
originally posted by: Halfswede
Interesting that it is legal in almost every state (according to the OP) to just transfer custody so easily. I had no idea. That is really concerning.
As far as adopting being a 100% commitment though, it is not that uncommon for people to 'give back' adopted kids that are more than they bargained for. He is not the first.
Not saying that the whole story is true, but if you adopted a kid and it "threatened to kill" your family, and had "already crushed a family pet to death" you may be inclined to 'give it up'.
The problem here is really the broken system to address such a problem. The original adopter has to have all kinds of background checks, but the transfer later is basically unchecked.
This is more than though. This man had adopted these girls. He was warned AGAINST adopting them, told they had emotional problems. Said he could handle them and had them fast track the adoption. He didn't just send them over to "spend the night", he sent them to this house to live forever and ever. He didn't want them anymore. In essence, he threw them away. That's a HUGE step from "spending the night". As for foster care, I can understand that, if anything happens to those children, it's their responsibility, not the natural parents. So I can sympathize with those laws being in place.
originally posted by: DJMSN
What a tragic story. This should have never happened to these children. The politician should never be allowed to adopt again that is for certain and how exactly does a 6 and 3 year old threaten to kill the family. I am very disturbed by this and hopefully there will be a solution to end the practice of "re-homing". I have never even heard the term and where was CPS ? I assumed they would continue to monitor the children's progress.
As for the politician not facing any charges, I would think fraud would be a good place to start as he continued to accept the government stipend for raising adoptive children even though they were no longer in his care, to me that constitutes fraud and should be a basis for criminal charges.