This one takes place in my home area.
The 16-year-old Stanton girl called 911 fearing for her safety: Her father and stepmother were drunk, angry and on their way home to confront
Deputies knew the address; they had responded to more than a dozen disturbances between the girl and her father. But this call would lead to a
two-hour dispute over what was best for the teen, pitting a sheriff's sergeant, who removed the girl from her home, against a state social worker,
who took her back.
And it would end with the officer arresting the social worker for child abuse, being ordered to rescind the citation, and then writing a seven-page
criticism of the state Department of Health and Human Services.
And that's just the high points.
To expand the story a bit for you it goes something like this:
The 16 year old girl called 911(the equivalent of 999 for those of you that use that system) and told them that her Dad and step-Mom had been drinking
at a bar and were very mad that she had told her grandmother about problems in the home. Her Dad basically said he was coming home to throw her
On the way the step-Mom was pulled over going 80mph(128.74kph) and was arrested for having a blood alcohol level of 0.182 percent which is more than
twice the legal limit. The Dad made a comment to authorities that he was "sick and tired of his daughter running her mouth and making up lies about
being abused and neglected."
Officer Himburg went to the house to talk to the girl. She was on probation for fighting with her parents and her probation officer said he could not
deal with it until the next day so Himburg took her into protective custody and contacted the Department of Health and Human Services. He then told
the Social Worker why he had taken her and gave evidence of 15 past cases involving the girl and her Dad.
The Social Worker then decided to put the girl back into the home for the night. Himburg expressed his reservations and explained that the Dad held
the girl responsible for the step-Moms arrest. The Social worker stated that she had discussed with the girl and the Dad separately about her staying
the night and both agreed so that is what she did.
Once the girl was back at home the arguing began again and the Social Worker decided to remove the girl but by that time the Dad had called 911 and
Himburg was back at the house 23 minutes after turning her over. So, Himburg cited the social worker for child abuse and took the girl back into
emergency protective custody.
Because she was the only available Social Worker Himburg was told by the Sheriff to send the paperwork to the county attorney and release the social
worker. Angered by this situation and finding no resolve Himburg wrote a letter detailing the actions of the Social Worker and his own department to
The Social Worker is being stood behind while Himburg could be facing charges of his own for taking it out of the department and into the media.
It seems to me that the only one looking out for the welfare of this girl is Officer Himburg and he is the one in trouble because the Department is
embarrassed. This is beginning to look like a widespread problem of Departments covering up their poor judgments, mistakes and or corruption.
So what do you think of all this ATS? Oh and by the way maybe we could come up with a title while we are at it, lol.