It is every parent’s worst nightmare, and according to a report on Police State Daily and the Medical Kidnapping site; for one homeschooling family in Kentucky, it has come true. On May 6, Kentucky homesteading Naugler family had their ten children taken into the custody of the state and are now fighting to regain custody and to prove their innocence.
According to the family’s facebook blog page, Blessed Little Homestead, and other sources above, the police showed up, asked to see the children, and when the mother asked to see a warrant and what the charges were, the sheriff proceeded to explain how it would “come down” if she did not comply and that there had been an anonymous complaint filed with Child Protective Services that he needed to investigate. Eventually, she agreed for the two older children to wave to the officer and was then free to go. At that point, she drove away with her two oldest children and was pulled over. According to the audio of the incident, she was then asked to release the children into their custody. She refused, but the children were still taken. As they were taken, she reacted with heart-wrenching screams as she was being cuffed and arrested. On later audio, her husband shows up on the scene and asks where his children and wife are and records the transaction as he is told to bring his other 8 children to a specified location by 10 a.m. or he would be arrested and the children taken into state custody. He complied, and all ten of the children are now in state custody. Nicole Naugler also blogs at homestead mama.
The first reaction to a story like this may be to ask, “What is really going on here?” and, “Can Child Protection Services and the police really do this?” The answer appears to be, “yes”, at least for Nicole Naugler and her family, it is all too much a reality.
Research this case, you will be hard pressed to find information backing up the allegations that led to the SWAT team and police showing up on the Naugler property, allegedly slamming 5-month pregnant Nicole onto the hood of the squad car, arresting her, and taking custody of all ten of the children before releasing her. That’s the story that homeschoolers across the web are being told today and many are perplexed and in shock, wanting answers.
One of the questions homeschoolers want answered is, “What do I do if CPS shows up at my door?” In an interview on a Texas attorney site, J. Ketterman gives advice to parents. Though, in listening to the audio of the Naugler case, it would appear as if Nicole Naugler followed much of the advice given. So, why was she still arrested and her children taken into state custody? An almost half-hour audio interview with a family acquaintance gives very little additional insight into answering this question.
Support the family’s efforts in regaining custody of their children by giving on the Go Fund Me page and following the story on the Save Our Family page. Stand up for this family by contacting Steve Beshear, the Governor of Kentucky; Dean Schamore State Rep, Sheriff Todd Pate of Breckinridge County, and Rand Paul, Senator of Kentucky and presidential candidate. Protect your own family by knowing how to respond in your state should police show up at your door, and looking into how HSLDA can help or any reports they present on the case. Keep in mind that HSLDA Home School Legal Defense Agency cannot always step in.