Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CPS seizes kid for lemonade

CPS put a kid in foster care for a couple of days because the dad tried to buy him lemonade:
If you watch much television, you've probably heard of a product called Mike's Hard Lemonade.

And if you ask Christopher Ratte and his wife how they lost custody of their 7-year-old son, the short version is that nobody in the Ratte family watches much television.

The way police and child protection workers figure it, Ratte should have known that what a Comerica Park vendor handed over when Ratte ordered a lemonade for his boy three Saturdays ago contained alcohol, and Ratte's ignorance justified placing young Leo in foster care until his dad got up to speed on the commercial beverage industry.
A blood test showed no alcohol in the boy's blood.

There are more comments here. The dad had to stay in a hotel for a few days. It is very unusual that the parents got the kid back so quickly -- the dad happened to have a buddy who was a Univ. of Michigan law professor, and it took only 5 days to get the action reversed.

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