Winnipeg appears to be a hotbed for frivolous child abuse claims.
A few weeks back, an anonymous neighbour called Child and Family Services (CFS) after they took issue with mom allowing her four children to play unsupervised in their fenced-in backyard.
Now, Cynthia Ramos-Murray claims that her 11-year-old daughter was pulled out of class by a CFS worker last week after two reports from one individual were filed with the service. They alleged that the parents had engaged in a fight in the home, and that the father physically disciplined their children by slapping them across the face.
Ramos-Murray denies these claims. She was also dismayed to learn that she doesn’t have a right to know who made the complaints.
CFS asked the proud member of the Filipino community what her home life and marriage was like, how they discipline their kids, and whether the children felt safe in the home. Bedrooms were inspected to make sure the proper sleeping arrangements had been provided.
They even asked Ramos-Murray about the Filipino family practices that she has used with her brood!
Do aid services in Canada have too much power? Should frivolous complainants be identified? An official with the CFS in Winnipeg admits that nobody has ever been pursued for making a false complaint.