Peoria Parents Sue Wal-Mart, AG's Office After Kids are Taken Away Over Nude Vacation Photos of Them
That's what a Peoria family is probably wondering after they had their children taken from them, and put into state custody after a Wal-Mart worker contacted authorities about some family photos it developed.
Lisa and A.J. Demaree took their three children, ages 5, 4, and 1½, on a vacation to San Diego. As vacations go, the young family took a lot of photos, including some of the children in the bathtub, in various stages of nudity.
Hardly a pornographic photo shoot.
When the family returned to Peoria, they took a memory stick containing about 150 photos of the trip to Wal-Mart to get them developed.
That's when a Wal-Mart employee made a ghastly discovery; naked babies in a bathtub.
What kind of horrid pedophile would take pictures of their own children naked in a bathtub when they are still essentially babies? Well, just about every family in America, that's who.
The Wal-Mart employee alerted authorities to the fact that he was given the photos, and the Demarees' children were placed in foster care while the state investigated the case to see if there was any evidence of sexual assault.
As you would probably imagine, nude children in the care of their parents doesn't qualify as sexual assault.
The families attorney, Richard Treon, says the parents were cleared of all the charges after an investigation, which included examining all three of the children's genitals.
The Demarees fought back, and have sued Wal-Mart in one complaint, and sued Arizona, the Arizona Attorney General, and the City of Peoria in a second complaint.
The family is seeking punitive damages for defamation and outrage. Just another stupid event that cost state and local government time, and will probably wind up costing them (we taxpayers, that is) money.