Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mom Says B.C. Government 'Inhumane' to Appeal Scathing Child Sex Abuse Decision

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mom Says B.C. Government 'Inhumane' to Appeal Scathing Child Sex Abuse Decision

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B.C. appeal of child abuse case 'inhumane': Mom

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VANCOUVER - A mother who won a lawsuit against the British Columbia government after social workers enabled her estranged husband to molest their toddler in foster care says the province's decision to appeal the ruling is cruel and sadistic.

The Justice Ministry said it filed documents Friday seeking clarity from the Court of Appeal of B.C. A judge found last month that social workers knowingly violated a court order and allowed unsupervised access to a father who had sexually abused his other kids.

"I think it's completely rude, and inhumane for them to go on against little children who have been hurt so terribly," the mother, known in court documents as J.P., said in a statement.

She said the Ministry of Children and Family Development has been hurting her family since 2009, when it falsely accused her of being mentally ill and seized her children.

"What they have done for six years and now are continuing to do is cruel and sadistic. Like the people running the MCFD. We are suffering because of them."

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Walker ruled last month the ministry showed "reckless disregard" when it failed to investigate the kids' claims that their father had sexually abused them.

J.P. and her former husband, identified as B.G., have four children, born between 2002 and 2008.

Walker ruled in a custody trial in 2012 that B.G. had sexually abused his three eldest children. In his recent ruling, he found the man had also molested his youngest child while the girl was in foster care.

Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux said government lawyers advised her the trial judge erred in a number of areas and that an appeal was warranted.

"I want to make clear that today's decision is not about the family involved, but about every family that the ministry may interact with in the future," she said in a statement. …

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