“The “Petition for Abuse/Neglect” filed on behalf of Cheyenne Irish by New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) alleges that the baby, who was born on October 6, was “neglected” by her mother on that very day in the hospital where the infant was born.
What this means is that Stephanie Taylor’s act of “neglect” was to give birth to her child, and that the only way she could have avoided that charge was to have Cheyenne killed in utero. Because Stephanie had neglected this supposed duty, the DCYF kidnapped Cheyenne a little more than 16 hours following her birth.
Barring a near-miraculous outcome, Cheyenne’s parents will never get their daughter back. So testifies New Hampshire resident Dorothy Knightly. Between August 31, 2005 and February 3, 2006, Dorothy (who prefers to be called Dot) saw three of her grandchildren abducted by the DCYF on the basis of spurious child abuse and neglect allegations.”
According to a source on the ground in New Hampshire who is very close to the principals in the story, Cheyenne Irish was not sexually abused. She was rushed to be examined by a specialist dealing with victims of child sexual abuse; that specialist reportedly concluded that no abuse had occurred.
In interviews today, Jonathan Irish’s father has made it abundantly clear that he considers his son to be a disturbed and potentially dangerous individual. That view is reportedly shared by other people long acquainted with Mr. Irish. Assuming — for now — that there is merit to that characterization, we’re still left with this question: If the father is the problem, why was the mother charged with neglect for the act of having the baby?
UPDATE, October 14: Sometimes, They Do Get Their Kids Back…
… if the parents in question can create a nation-wide controversy over the kidnapping. Reports the New Hampshire Union- Leader:
“Johnathan Irish and Stephanie Taylor emerged from a closed family court hearing Thursday afternoon with smiles on their faces and indicated they may be getting back their daughter Cheyenne, whom state officials took from them hours after her birth last week.”
A local TV report unequivocally states that Cheyenne has already been returned to her parents:”