Cheyenne Irish was removed from the custody of her parents when she was only 16 hours old by DCYF. This raises a whole host of questions, the most important being how compelling was the complaint leading to this action?
My gut says it had to have been pretty bad … I’ve had dealings with DCYF in my career as a teacher, and I’m at times frustrated by how slowly the wheels seem to turn. What made New Hampshire’s Johnathan Irish and Stephanie Taylor so horrible that the state removed the baby from their custody when she hadn’t even been on the earth for a full day? Even the couple that named their kid Adolf Hitler managed to hold onto him for three years …
If you give any credence to Irish and Taylor, it’s a witch hunt of sorts, with their inclusion in a group called the Oath Keepers playing a direct role in the custody issue.
While it’s kind of a moot point now, as custody of baby Cheyenne was returned to her parents after a court hearing last week, I find myself completely intrigued by this story because there are clearly a lot of puzzle pieces missing.
Irish and his girlfriend said the state cited abuse and neglect claims. But Irish said officials also took the baby because they were uneasy about his involvement in a group called the Oath Keepers, which claims to uphold the constitution.
The state said it doesn’t take someone’s political views into consideration when they get involved with a family.
And, as you can imagine, the Oath Keepers are pretty pissed off themselves.
Members of the Oath Keepers protested at the courthouse and said the state unfairly used their group’s name as a reason to take custody of the child.
“People are worried that if they speak out or join some particular group that someday down the road, it could come back to haunt them or be used against them in a proceeding about their children,” said Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers.
Beyond the Oath Keepers part of the equation, Foster’s Daily Democrat contains some pretty specific information about why they were concerned about Baby Cheyenne’s safety.
While DCYF officials have denied that Irish’s affiliation with the Oath Keepers was a reason for taking Cheyenne away, they do make some very serious allegations against Irish and Taylor in …
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