JULIE RIGGINS, SOCIAL WORKER; WAKE COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES
Defendant Julie Riggins, Social Worker being hereby named in both her individual and official capacities, is an individual and a resident of this jurisdictional district, is a county employee and was at all times material, pertinent and relevant hereto, employed by Wake County Human Services in Wake County, North Carolina. Current mailing address is; c/o Wake County Human Services, 220 Swinburne Street, Raleigh, NC 27610. The Defendant was in fact, acting under the authority or color of state law at the time these claims occurred in that while in her official capacity as a social worker for WCHS her execution of Wake County Human Services’ “customs” and/or “policies” were the moving force behind her unconstitutional acts, and that personally, her individual unconstitutional acts violated the clearly established constitutional rights of the Plaintiffs of which a reasonable official would have known, Davis v. Scherer (1984). In addition, acting personally and individually she did act under the authority or color of state law when she acted in concert with other local officials, including but not limited to, other WCHS social workers, their supervisors, county attorneys and others, causing harm to the Plaintiffs in effecting the deprivation of rights, Dennis v. Sparks (1980).
COUNT I; VIOLATION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process
Julie Riggins is the foster care social worker assigned to case number 10JA xxx-xxx. She has been the primary contact as well as the primary obstacle in that she has been instrumental in keeping our 7 minor children from me and my wife, even from court ordered visitation since their abduction on June 23, 2010. She has allowed them to be in the path of danger on more than one occasion through placement with an unqualified foster caregiver (the 24-year-old cousin, Natasha Wilde of the minor children) simply because this was the only relative in the State of North Carolina. Both me and my wife raised objections to this placement at the time. Natasha Wilde is the daughter of Robin Dominguez, my wife’s sister. No one in my wife’s entire family have been in contact with us for almost 9 years, making them virtual strangers to our children. Many of the early emails between me and Julie Riggins clearly reflect the my concerns as to the condition of my 7 minor children’s placement, their risk to serious harm, and other concerns with regard to others having access to our minor children that presented a serious risk to their safety.
Soon after the placement it was discovered that Natasha Wilde, the 24 year foster caregiver of my 7 children ages 3-16 was not actually living with her husband as she had previously represented. In fact they had been separated for some time in the process of a divorce. She was living on base housing at camp Lejeune, NC while her husband was living with friends off base. My children were being shuffled from one house to the next since they were technically not allowed to be on the base as they were not military dependents. What a fiasco. Within a few weeks Natasha took an apartment off-base herself and soon had a live-in boyfriend exposing the children to this unknown strange man. Julie Riggins and WCHS were well aware of these arrangements and did all they could to keep the information from me, my wife and our attorneys. Julie responded in an email to my questions about this man describing him as “Natasha’s male friend.” Later this “male friend” let my son TRB (16) drive his car without a permit or any experience behind the wheel of a car whatsoever. He did this with 3 of our precious minor children in the backseat (HMR - 7, SMR – 6, and MRR – 9) and drove the car into a ditch. It’s a miracle no one was hurt or killed! Was this some sort of field trip? Julie Riggins responded to my questions in an email stating casually; “I guess he thought it was fun but it apparently scared HMR (7).” There was another incident involving JRR (4) where my wife observed a “large bump” on his head during one of her visits. When she questioned it, the caregiver dismissed it as an accident of some sort. When questioned by me in an email later that day Julie Riggins confirmed that JRR (4) was unsupervised in the bathtub and he bumped his head standing up. Unsupervised in the bathtub at 4 years old? These incidents and others have been regularly covered up by Julie Riggins, Saundra Judd and others at WCHS and the GAL’s Office.
Children placed in a private foster home have substantive due process rights to personal security and bodily integrity. Yvonne L. v. New Mexico Dept. of Human Services (10th Cir. 1992)
In an email dated July 23, 2010 I expressed concern of my son TRB (16) having unmonitored access to the internet, specifically Facebook. I attached copies of his recent posts and violent, even offensive pictures. Some of his posts were as follows dated July 12 & 13, 2010; “I’m a psychopathic killer, I make your death nice and slow so don’t fuck with me bitch. I’m TRB and I piss a lot of people off. Think twice before you fuck with me cause if you do I’ll fuck you up. Hanging out with friends smoking a few cigs, mmfcl homies WHOOOP WHOOOP.” He never used that sort of language in the family home nor did he have unmonitored access to the internet. Julie Riggins responded; “I will follow-up with Natasha today and ask that she have him remove the account.” Then Julie Riggins adds; “TRB has revealed to me that he is harboring a lot of anger,” as if to excuse the behavior and assuming this behavior is justified by anger, not the lack of supervision. The problem was he was acting out because he can, and because he was not being held accountable for his actions, not to mention the fact that he has been separated from both myself and my wife against his will. In fact, WCHS actually flew out to Nevada where he was on vacation with his grandparents (my parents) and took him back to North Carolina by force. This after reporting him “missing” (which they knew was absolutely false, more FRAUD!), enabling the Police Department to remove him from his grandparent’s home and hold him in a foster care group home facility until a WCHS social worker arrived to retrieve him days later. ANGER! I wonder why? Following up with Julie Riggins, I sent emails with periodic updates in late July, August, and even September providing more post from my son TRB’s Facebook page which was never removed as promised. Some of his new posts were; “I just got into a fight with an anti- Juggalo fag. I’m a serial killer for the dark Carnival.” As my son was spinning out of control all Julie Riggins could offer is that I was violating the Domestic Violence Protective Order by monitoring his Facebook page. Absolutely appalling! To this day it has not been removed and it has gotten exponentially worse. Where is the sense of responsibility with this agency and its appointed agents?
For TRB all his acting out and being exposed to an environment lacking in love and proper supervision, accountability and proper discipline finally came to a head a few weeks later. It was reported that TRB was removed from the care of Natasha Wilde and placed in a group home, Wake House on September 29, 2010. It was also reported by Julie Riggins in her Court Report dated October 20, 2010 that “TRB was scheduled for a psychiatric evaluation on October 14, 2010, for the assessment of whether medications may help some of his depressive behaviors.” So the answer lies in drugging him rather than love and proper supervision, supported by accountability and appropriate discipline? Further revealed by Julie Riggins in her Court Report was that; “He states he hates life, and he has done things like cutting himself. He has also held a screwdriver to his neck saying he wanted to hurt himself. TRB engaged in sex with a girl…and decided he was madly in love with her and couldn’t go on without her, not recognizing that she was not emotionally stable having just been released from a mental hospital.” Where is the supervision and the protection for our son? “TRB also allegedly became physical with this girl at school and reportedly barged his way into her home when angry and he has also not come home from school on the bus as he was supposed to do.” Julie Riggins and the other social workers involved claim to represent “Child Protective Services?” I could never have imagined any of this in my worst nightmare ever occurring in our family home. This report is describing a completely different person. What have they done? Julie Riggins then willingly contradicts herself, withholds the truth, misleads the court, and even lies about the current situation as to the wellbeing and safety of my 7 minor children in her Court Report dated July 28, 2010 presenting it at a hearing under oath on that same day. She states the following in reference to the 24-year-old foster caregiver, who has lived in 3 separate residences with our 7 minor children in as many weeks (3), and who in fact, is in the process of a divorce and has allowed her new live-in boyfriend to become part of the situation; “She has done a great job providing a nurturing environment for the children despite facing the many challenges of taking on 7 children.” Not even close.
COUNT II; – VIOLATION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause
In Carey v. Population Services International, 431 US 678, 684-686 (1977), once again, the Court includes the right of parents in the area of “child rearing and education” to be a liberty interest protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, requiring an application of the “compelling interest test.” Although the Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy, the Court has recognized that one aspect of the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment is a “right of personal privacy or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy . . . This right of personal privacy includes the interest and independence in making certain kinds of important decisions . . . While the outer limits of this aspect of privacy have not been marked by the Court, it is clear that among the decisions that an individual may make without unjustified government interference are personal decisions relating to marriage . . . family relationships, Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 US 158 (1944); and child rearing and education, Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 US 510 (1925); Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 US 390 (1923).’ [Emphasis supplied]
Julie Riggins conspired with other workers and officials involved in this case to coerce and intimidate my wife Debra into leaving the area back in August 2010, 4 days prior to adjudication. Several emails and other communication were exchanged between Julie Riggins and the other collaterals, the Guardian ad Litem and its attorney advocate, the County Attorney, and even my wife’s own court appointed attorney Rick Croutharmel. She was clearly told that if she did not do everything WCHS required, her 7 minor children would not be returned; even in an email from her own attorney; “If you don’t do whatever they ask, you will never see your children again.” Julie Riggins took steps against my wife and our 7 minor children depriving them of any contact with her, but Julie disguised her efforts through her “empty promises.” LIES! Julie Riggins has required that my wife leave the State of North Carolina and even required that she maintain a Full-Time job (with 7 kids to care for), specifically stating and demanding in her “Service Agreement” and her WCHS Court report dated July 28, 2010 that she be “self-sufficient rather than relying on Mr. Reale” (her husband of 12 years and the father of our 8 children) “or his personal connections, including obtaining suitable housing.” In Julie’s Court Report dated July 28, 2010 she noted, “Mrs. Reale appears to need assistance in this area. While she denies any contact with Mr. Reale, she continues to involve herself in situations that are governed by Mr. Reale – such as housing, car ownership, utilities, income, etc.” My wife and I had reunited and were residing at our family residence together for over 2 months while they prepared for the Adjudication hearing on August 26, 2010. In the WCHS Court Report dated October 20, 2010 Julie Riggins notes the following statement; “This social worker notes that Mr. Reale does ask about Mrs. Reale and he continues to wear his wedding band indicating a commitment to Mrs. Reale.” I responded in my Parent’s Report dated October 20, 2010; “My response to that is that I do in fact ask about my wife Debra as I have continued to express concern for her wellbeing. I will continue to wear my wedding band as a commitment to her as her husband. I have no intention to file for legal separation, divorce or any other action requesting the dissolution of our marriage or our family.” Clearly WCHS is very dependent on children for financial stability. Financially speaking, it is in their best interest to “keep them” in need of their services (hence the name Social Services), whatever they deem that to be. Separating the parents has become imperative to that goal. Since August, 2010 my wife has resided in Southern California while her 7 minor children are residing in Jacksonville, NC. A real tragedy! My wife left the state of North Carolina in fear (this time in real fear) of never seeing her children again. That was 10 months ago as of June. On the contrary, I have never agreed to terms so easily as my wife. I has vehemently denied the abuse and neglect, refused to participate in DOSE (Domestic Abusers Sentenced to Education), eventually fired my own attorney to represent myself when I discovered my attorney was also conspiring with the other collaterals and court officials to deprive me and my 7 minor children of our rights afforded them by and through the Constitution of the United States. I remain steadfast and I am determined to fight these injustices and to expose this agency and its agents like Julie Riggins along with the rest of the court system and its officials for what they really are. This gang of thugs and bullies affectionately known as The Wake County Family Court System, at its core, are more often than not a threat to the very freedoms we enjoy in this great democracy, The United States of America.
COUNT III; VIOLATIONS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT – Free Exercise Clause, THE NINTH AMENDMENT – Unenumerated Rights, and THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Both the Due Process Clause and the Equal protection clause
After Adjudication and Disposition, Julie Riggins refused to facilitate visitation between me and my 6 minor children per the court order. The court order did stipulate that weekly visits could commence once the DVPO was modified to allow for such. On October 29, 2010 the DVPO was modified in the DV courtroom, Wake County Courthouse by Judge Monica Bousman. Julie Riggins, conspiring with the County Attorney, The Guardian ad Litem and others, continued to deny visitation even after the modification. After weeks of attempting to communicate through multiple emails and in person, with Julie Riggins asking, even demanding, that she comply with the court order, I filed a motion and Order to Show Cause on December 3, 2010, Pro Se. They have all been deprived of their rights in a most egregious manner. Visits did not commence until mid-February.
Julie Riggins has further effected the deprivation of rights as to me and my 7 minor children in other areas. Through all this displacement and upheaval, WCHS has never even encouraged the children to communicate with me, even in writing through coloring pictures or any other similar activity? This was a favorite activity of theirs when they were in my care. This only adds to the potential for more Parental Alienation. In an email to WCHS on 11/19/2010 I wrote; “I am also wondering why there has been no attempt to allow the children to communicate with me in writing? That’s a question! I should think that they could certainly be allowed to send a simple note to their “dad” especially after all the items they have been receiving over the past several weeks/months from me through Julie. No one has made the first attempt to offer this to them. Why? At one time I sent cards and written notes to each of them along with Julie. I should also think someone could sit down with the little ones and spend some time helping them write a response or simply offer to help them write an unsolicited note to their dad – or mom for that matter. I’m quite sure they want to tell me all about school and other things they have been doing in say…THE PAST 9 MONTHS OR SO!!! Is there no way to meet with CPS in their office to call the caregiver and allow me to speak with each of them while a person supervises the call on both ends? WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM?” All of the children have been deprived of sharing their birthdays and now the holidays with me, which only contributes to their declining bond with me. I have sent birthday presents and they have not been allowed to even communicate back to me (even in writing). I am an AWANA Leader (Children’s Bible Study) at me church in Morrisville, NC. With one of the regular support packages I sent pictures of a church event with myself, my Pastor, the Pastors wife, and the kids in my class. Those pictures were returned to me by Julie Riggins claiming they were inappropriate. Just prior to Christmas I made a donation of 6 shoeboxes in the name of each of my children. The shoeboxes were tagged and sent to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child, a Christian organization founded by Franklin Graham. I sent pictures of each shoe box to each of his children with an explanation of why and where the shoeboxes were sent. It was even explained that when the boxes reach their destination he would be notified by email and they may even receive a pen-pal. Julie Riggins also returned these as inappropriate. Cards and gifts have been theoretically allowed since the abduction of the children in June, 2010 but only to the extent the WCHS could control the items as they may or may not impede their progress in alienating the children from me. Christmas is one of the most important times of year for a Christian as we celebrate the birth of Christ. The children were not made available for any type of communication with me during this time. They have been requesting to visit with me but repeatedly denied. They were transported to Pittsburgh against my wishes over the Christmas break from school. I was not directly informed but heard about the trip, objected, and was put off as if I had no say. Loss of First Amendment Freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury. Though First Amendment rights are not absolute, they may be curtailed only by interests of vital importance, the burden of proving which rests on their government. Elrod v. Burns, 96 S Ct 2673; 427 US 347, (1976).
COUNT IV; VIOLATIONS OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT – Due Process
Julie Riggins later testified in a review hearing as to visitation with regard to the therapist not willing to meet with me in person. “It is also concerning to the Court that a therapist treating the four oldest children has stated she will not agree to meet face-to-face with Ronald Reale per the recommendations of her supervising psychologist and given prior communications by Mr. Reale.” This is laughable and untenable, and I want to THANK HER for including it, however inappropriate! This further demonstrates that this entire process is damaged at best. I had absolutely zero contact with this fictitious therapist in question, who may not even exist. I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THE THERAPIST’S NAME! According to Julie Riggins of WCHS, “she will give me her name 5 minutes before I am to meet with her.” Julie Riggins of WCHS has been the liaison from the beginning with this therapist. On November 14, 2010 Julie Riggins of WCHS advised me that there would be a meeting between me and the therapist in two weeks. That meeting has not taken place until late January, 2011. This is A FACT! Julie Riggins of WCHS made the statement in a hearing on December 16, 2010 “that therapist treating the four oldest children has stated she will not agree to meet face-to-face with Ronald Reale per the recommendations of her supervising psychologist and given prior communications by Mr. Reale.” What communication? There was no foundation or basis provided for this hostile statement. There were absolutely no evidentiary findings as to the origin, factual validity, or any other corroboration whatsoever! MORE FRAUD! MORE LIES!
I presented the following information about the care of my children and Julie Riggins in a Parent’s Court Report dated April 12, 2011.
I have been in contact with various agents of WCHS since the last review hearing on October 20, 2010. The primary case worker is Julie Riggins. Since I released my attorney Steve Combs in November, I have been in contact with Julie for both reasons of support for my children as well as to make various requests for documentation and in my efforts to defend my family’s Constitutional Rights. Julie has been decidedly uncooperative overall and has not at all demonstrated her agency’s willingness to reunify my children with me. She has violated the court’s orders as to visitation by refusing to schedule visits, refusing to transport the children to visits, and even cancelling visits to accommodate a trip out-of-state of which I was never consulted.
Several items delivered to Julie for the children over the past several months such as personalized books, Christian books and bible study materials have never been received by the children. According to Julie, she and the caregiver “looked all over” for them but could not find them. After Julie informed me in September, 2010 that my daughter HMR (8) was struggling with her reading I purchased a Hooked on Phonics package for Pre K – 2nd Grade and a portable DVD player for all my younger children. The DVD player cannot be located at this time and the Hooked on Phonics Program was never used (never even opened). I discovered this when I asked that the children bring these items with them on current visits so we could work with them together. I was told the caregiver did not have time to use the program with the children.
Recently I have become increasingly more concerned about the mental and physical safety of my children. The following are just a few revelations that raise concern.
Urinating on I-40…
At one of the visits with my children, they decided to tell me a story about how they stopped on the highway to allow my son JRR (4 years old) to urinate. My children expressed an element of concern describing how a police officer stopped to speak with the caregiver. It was later revealed in an email responding to my questions of concern that the caregiver at that time was Julie Riggins the social worker. I was shocked at Julie’s statement in her email; as she referred to my children when responding to my concerns about the stop along the highway. She stated in her email response; “No one appeared (or said that they were) nervous or scared because we had not done anything wrong.” Not done anything wrong? In all my years and years to come, I have never, and would never, put my precious children (or any child for that matter) at risk in that way – EVER! Even now, I am amazed that she finds no fault or remorse for her actions. And she once again quickly deflects the blame from herself and suggests that my children caused the incident when she stated; “No one mentioned needing to use the restroom.” Last I checked the adult is responsible for such details when embarking on a semi-long road trip with young children.
On another occasion my children were describing “their first sleep over” to me. I was quite upset to hear this from them as sleep overs have always been something our family has been very cautious of to say the least. As a Christian family we have always been concerned about the obvious risks, but we have also been cautious about the exposure to our “young” children as to the beliefs and practices of others. Then I get an explanation as to how it could be possible that my children are being allowed to sleep overnight at a stranger’s home. Julie proceeds to first soften the explanation by describing how happy they were during their overnight stay with friends. She stated; “They were all very excited and talked a lot about the fun they had with friends.” I’d be willing to bet that every kid who has ever been violated or suffered other harm at the hands of a stranger was equally as happy just prior to experiencing their nightmare with such a person. As always Julie quickly deflects the blame stating that Natasha, the current caregiver, was not aware of the policy with regard to background checks, etc. stating; “She was not aware of this and said she understood and would not allow them to do it again.” Isn’t it Julie’s (WCHS’) responsibility to “Know” that Natasha “is” aware of everything she can and cannot do since they are not her children? This is not the first time Julie has allowed my children to be at risk with others. As she may recall, she never even attempted to seek my approval when she authorized them to be transported to Pittsburgh for the Christmas Holiday with my sister. As she may also remember I have personally explained to her that my sister is a sexual deviant. She is a self-proclaimed, on again-off again lesbian who also engages in threesomes with either sex as a hobby. She is an alcoholic and a gambling addict (well-known by all). She has made multiple false accusations within our family and without, of molestation and rape. She has been under the care of a psychiatrist for many, many years. No one knows what she is capable of. I have NEVER allowed my sister to be alone with my children! I think Julie may remember that I only found out about the trip upon their return. Another attempt of WCHS withholding information that they knew very well I would object to (for obvious reasons stated).
Left Alone – 6 children under 12; unsupervised…
MRR and my girls, HMR & SMR have indicated that they have all been left alone for, what seems like long periods of time. One story was described as: They all came home from school and Natasha, the caregiver, was not home yet. They proceeded to describe the fact that SRR said; “If she’s not home by 6pm, I will make dinner; if she’s not home by 9:30pm I’m calling the police.” Ultimately they said she came home at 9pm saying she had a big house to clean. It seems from the story that she would not even have made contact with them to see if they are home safe or to update them on where she was. How do they get in the house? Where are the little ones since they are in daycare? How do they get home? Or are they somewhere else, and with whom? Anyway, you get the idea. I had a lot of questions as I’m sure anyone would. As to my concerns with the children being left alone… I can barely understand Julie in her wild attempt to explain this away; first as an isolated incident (absolutely false), and then as an innocent mistake that wasn’t really much of anything (Right?). Yet she tries to slip in that SRR (12 years old) has been in fact, left alone by Natasha for short periods of time; and somehow she present that little tidbit in a very nonchalant manner. How could she? How could Natasha? I would never, ever, allow a 12-year-old to be home alone for any length of time (especially one that is not my child). This is a 12-year-old boy (my son!) in therapy for adjustment disorder, separated from his parents, and who has been left in charge to “parent” 5 younger siblings? I truly cannot imagine what it must be like for him. Then she proceeds to explain the incident that left all 6 children home for several hours without proper supervision by packing it full of more lies. The fact is, Natasha never came home that day and quite clearly never arrived till 9pm in the evening! Something very different happened in that home on that day and most assuredly on other days as well. Oh yeah, and I am also certain that is had nothing to do with her working late. Let’s call it what it is; “6 minor children under 12 years old, unsupervised while in the legal custody of WAKE COUNTY!”
These are just to mention the few most recent concerns which were openly shared by my children without solicitation or prompting of questions whatsoever, as mentioned in Cori Goldstein’s report. I absolutely feel that these types of revelations from my children are directly related to the family court and specifically WCHS & the GAL preventing visits sooner between me and my children. Clearly they have all been aware from the beginning that my children were at risk in their placement and would naturally share their day-to-day experiences once visits began. Prior to visits commencing both the GAL and WCHS argued motions in collaboration that therapeutically supervised visits were needed. This statement could not be further from the truth. At that time they were all pointing toward recommendation in my psychological evaluation which were recommendations made by a person who never even met my children or observed them with me. As to recent visits with my children which began in early February, there has not been any THERAPY during these visits nor has any been needed. The visits are routine and enjoyable for me and the children, clearly proving that the previous Legal Motions being dragged out in court to prevent visits with my children were simply stall tactics to prevent contact. It should also be noted that my children have been in therapy for over 5 months for Adjustment Disorder. I have never been asked to participate or contribute in any way with their therapy. I have offered on multiple occasions and have been repeatedly denied.
MORE SAFETY CONCERNS…
I sent this email to the County attorney after being informed of another safety issue concerning the health of my 12-year-old son SRR…
During the planning meeting at WCHS this morning (Baccuhus Carver, Mr. Gustafson, Julie Riggins, and Ron Reale present) your client, Julie Riggins, informed me that my son, SRR (12 years old) had an episode on Saturday when he “passed out” while washing dishes. It was further described that he “came to” and “seemed fine” afterwards. Julie also stated that he has not been taken to see a doctor. She stated that she requested that Natasha “make an appointment” for him to see a doctor. Julie also explained that when she last saw him (this week) he was complaining of headaches. Still no visit to the doctor. Julie states that she followed-up with the Caregiver, Natasha Wilde on Monday asking if she had made a doctor’s appointment for SRR, and the response was that Natasha stated she has not been able to schedule one yet. As of this morning (Wednesday 5/11/2011) he has not been seen by a doctor.
- Why was he not taken to the emergency room on Saturday?
- Why has this not been addressed by a medical doctor?
- Why was I or myself not notified of this before today?
I am more concerned with this placement now, than ever. I will be seeking relief from the court to terminate this placement immediately and place my children where they can be properly cared for and properly supervised. If you have another suggestion that will guarantee the safety of my children while in the custody of WCHS and prevent the need for an appearance in court I am open to discuss.
To ensure that the event is portrayed accurately…
On Monday evening, I was informed by the caregiver that SRR had the fainting incident on the weekend and that he came to and seemed fine afterward; therefore, he was not taken to an ER and an ambulance was not called per the caregiver.
On Monday evening, I recommended to the caregiver that she make an appointment with the pediatrician just to make sure nothing is going on. It was too late for her to make one that day because the doctor’s office was closed but I did expect that she would make one on Tuesday, especially since SRR had told the therapist on Monday evening (after 6pm) that he had a headache. When I asked him about it as well, he stated he did have a headache at that time but he did not state he was having headaches (a term implying multiple events). I specifically asked him about headacheS.
On Tuesday evening, I called the caregiver to discuss several things and I asked about the appointment. She told me she had not been able to make one. I told her that she had to make one today. We met at 9am so I’m not sure if she has scheduled an appointment yet or not since the doctor didn’t open until 8am. I have tried calling her but have not been able to reach her yet.
I am not hearing that he will be receiving immediate medical attention. This is not a time for “portraying things accurately” in attempts to cover something up. I am demanding that someone address this situation immediately! My son must be taken to the emergency or urgent care facility promptly. He was born with lung defects and may be at high risk. He has never experienced this type of thing in the past but has always been regarded by my wife and I as very sensitive and very fragile.
I demand to know what is being done!
Julie’s Response…revealing that the fainting spell actually occurred 18 days prior without medical attention or even reporting the incident, not 3 days.
SRR was assessed tonight by the Onslow County on-call worker and she found no observable health concerns to warrant her taking him to the ER. She conducted an interview with him at the home upon her arrival. Natasha has an appointment for him tomorrow at 9am at the pediatrician’s office and a safety plan was signed indicating she will follow thru with the appointment and any other medical recommendations.
SRR reported no headaches for Tuesday or today. Also, the fainting incident did not happen this past weekend but on Easter weekend. He reported no headaches during the two weeks that followed so the only headache since the incident was the one on Monday.
Natasha is supposed to call me tomorrow after the appointment to let me know what the doctor said.
It is absolutely unacceptable that SRR, our 12-year-old son, has suffered such a medical emergency (passing out and losing consciousness while washing dishes) 18 days ago and has not received any type of medical attention. In fact he is only now receiving the attention he deserves through my own insistence, as I too was only just informed of this crisis today, Wednesday May 11, 2011 – 18 days after its occurrence. The fact that neither his mother nor his father and not even the foster care social worker, Julie Riggins was made aware of this medical crisis by the current caregiver, Natasha Wilde until 2 weeks after the fact is clear and convincing evidence that the current placement is unsafe for all of my children.
Furthermore, I cannot even trust that the information being provided to me even now is entirely truthful or at all accurate since the social worker Julie Riggins has changed her story about the date of the occurrence since first reporting the incident. She first reported with unwavering confidence that the crisis took place on Saturday May 7, 2011. Not only was the date of the occurrence reported with confidence in a planning meeting on the morning of May 11, 2011 in the presence of the GAL Baccuhus Carver and her supervisor Mr. Gustafson, but the Ms. Riggins also took the extra step of generating an email after the meeting in what she titled “To ensure that the event is portrayed accurately.” This email was quite carefully and concisely documenting exact dates and times of the event as May 7, 2011 and events that followed. Unfortunately it now seems the date was off by at least two weeks as she is now claiming the crisis occurred on Saturday April 23, 2011. She seems quite confused about the whole situation. It seems clear that the social worker is also unable to provide the proper supervision of the caregiver as this example amplifies the type of maltreatment my children have been receiving and have been exposed to since their abduction in June of 2010.
I believe that WCHS was willfully, intentionally and neglectfully concealing the actual date of this medical emergency in an attempt to cover up the incident; to conceal the fact that it was not reported in a timely manner, and to conceal the fact that proper medical attention was not provided for my son at all. I further believe that the only reason the date of April 23, 2011 has surfaced is due to the fact that Onslow County (an outside agency independent of WCHS) has become involved. Apparently the interview conducted with SRR and other collaterals by the Onslow County Social Worker revealed the date of this incident to be April 23, 2011.
This is another example of WCHS’ continuing their intentional and deliberate pervasive pattern and practice of knowingly violating and conspiring to violate my family’s rights, and in furtherance of said pattern and practice and conspiracy, WCHS has surreptitiously and repeatedly denied myself and my wife regular updates on the welfare of our children, among other things.
Respectfully, Preserving the Record…
Children placed in a private foster home have substantive due process rights to personal security and bodily integrity. Yvonne L. vs. New Mexico Dept. of Human Services (10th Cir. 1992)