This story is beyond comprehensible. A dance student, 13-year-old Landry Thompson, was on a training trip from Oklahoma to Texas with her dance teachers. Her mother had given one of the teachers guardianship of her during this trip via signed notarized papers. The group was at a gas station, trying to figure out where their hotel was, when they were surrounded by police. The men were pulled out of the car and told to put their hands behind their backs, and the young teen was handcuffed and placed in the back of a cop car.
Even though all three told the same story — that Emmanuel Hurd had full guardianship of the teen during this trip — the police didn’t believe them, and they placed Thompson into Child Protective Services. Her mom was originally told to fly to Houston to retrieve her daughter, but 11 hours later, she was released back into the custody of Hurd.
Oh, and the teen is a blonde-haired white girl, and both instructors are young African-American men.
This story is beyond insane. For starters, it was obviously race related, and the group was targeted because of the makeup of the ages and races in the car. And for another thing, why on earth was a child who was to be taken into protective custody put in handcuffs? Where in the police manual does it state this is a typical or accepted procedure?
The article doesn’t state whether the girl’s mother was called, but in the comments, it’s stated from another source that they did, asking why she was with two black men. Why they chose to not believe the explanation her mother gave is beyond me. They acted far too quickly and with assumptions that were incorrect, and the event was likely traumatizing for the girl, who was taken into a police car, in handcuffs, and shuffled off to protective custody where she knew no one.
The police department has refused to comment on the situation and has offered no apology to the girl, her mother, or the instructors. Ridiculous.
Post-baby bods are the subject of speculation and critique. There is nary a celebrity who has a baby who isn’t scrutinized for how quickly they get back in shape — or not — after bringing a child into a world. For example, the Duchess of Cambridge, after giving birth to Prince George, was lauded when she appeared on the front steps of the hospital still sporting a prominent baby bump — which I admit was nice to see, but it’s kind of sad that it was remarkable to begin with. And Jessica Simpson was the subject of many articles on her lack of post-baby fitness.
What’s next, you might ask? Well, the wife of a Norwegian football player has caused outrage (yes, really) because she posted a photo of herself in her bra and underwear four days after giving birth. The problem? She looks fabulous.
Caroline Berg Eriksen’s post-baby selfie is stunning. In fact, it doesn’t look like she housed a tiny human for nine months. She is obviously in terrific shape and probably worked out during pregnancy. I’m not sure where her uterus is hiding — it takes nine months for it to grow with its occupant, and it doesn’t usually shrink back quickly. But heck, if I had a body like that, no matter if I’d recently had a baby or not, I’d post the heck out of it.
Regardless of how possible this would be for everyone else, though, if she thinks she looks good enough to snap a selfie and upload to Instagram, why the heck not? Some feel that this sets up unrealistic expectations for us “regular” moms. I say, worry about yourself. Don’t we have enough to worry about as moms? Why spend even a minute thinking about this gal’s amazing body?
I know that it’s so easy to compare yourself to others, celebrity or not, and the postpartum period is a particularly vulnerable time. And it’s easy for me to say to not worry about what others do or think. Your feelings are definitely valid, but you are what is important. Unless someone is specifically attacking you, just let them be and focus on yourself.
In a case that is almost too frightening to believe, an Italian mother who was traveling in England for work was forcibly detained, ordered to undergo a C-section that she was not made aware of beforehand, and her baby has been in English state custody since and is on the verge of being adopted by British parents.
The Italian woman suffered from an episode of mental illness at an airport hotel and she was detained according to the Medical Care Act, which means she was involuntarily admitted for hospital care. While under this care, a judge ordered that her child be taken from her under sedation via C-section, and her infant daughter was immediately placed into state care.
Even though the mother has since recovered completely and begged that her child not be placed into another’s home by way of adoption, her pleas have been ignored. Social workers have told the court that they feel that she will not continue to comply with the treatment and medication she needs for her bipolar disorder.
I don’t even know where to begin. For one thing, the mother is an Italian citizen. Why was the British court system involved after her arrest, and why wasn’t care of the child handed over to the Italian government after her birth?
And for another — this is a biggie — how can a court order an invasive, risky medical procedure in the first place? This sounds like a plot from a sinister novel set centuries ago, not something we’d find in modern-day news. It’s indicated that this took place in the “secret” Court of Protection, which has the following description: “The Court of Protection makes decisions and appoints deputies to act on behalf of people who are unable to make decisions about their personal health, finance or welfare.”
Her other kids are being raised by her mom and dad, and she’s asked them to be returned to her as well.
Adopting this girl out is crazy. At a minimum, she should be returned to her mother’s home country of Italy, and better yet, sent to live with her grandparents until her mom is found to be capable of taking care of her.