Arkansas Mother ARRESTED after Protecing Children from Foster Care

By Sandra Ami

Suzanne McHenry from Arkansas, originally from the UK was Arrested Monday after signing over Temporary Guardianship to her in-laws.

Suzanne and husband Calvin received a visit from at 11am Thursday June 4th regarding their 4 month old little girl Bethany’s safety. What the McHenry’s did not know was that the other two children Amie age 5 and Lee age 3 were already being detained by Social Services on trickery when the Grandparents were asked to bring them in so that they could be observed and to “speak” to the Grandparents about the validity to the allegations.

During the time the Grandparents were being interrogated, the children were taken into another room out of the sight and ears of their Grandparents. Upon any conclusions of the so called interview, the Grandparents were told they would NOT be taking their little one’s home.

After the Family Services Assessor Rhonda Bohamon left the home of the McHenry’s stating that Bethany “appeared fine” they were then visited yet again by Social Services just hours later to “take the baby”. The Social worker stated to Suzanne “Supervisor said ‘take one take all'”.

Calvin McHenry stated they “might get their children back within 72 hours.. but need to hold the children until their investigation is complete”  as this is what he was told by Social Services.

What the McHenry’s didn’t know was the Child Welfare Laws in their state.

They didn’t know that one the law state in Arkansas:  9-30-104.State Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board (a)The State Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board is created as an autonomous agency”; which for those of you who may not understand what that mean, it’s SELF GOVERNING and independent and subject to their own laws.

The McHenry’s, as with every other parent faced with such tragedy, believed the Social Workers would do as the laws state and would find the allegations “unfounded”.  The McHenry’s were unaware of the policies and practices of Social Service. They were unaware of the Corporation they were dealing with.

On Friday June 5th, as ordered to appear in court they were faced with a decision to either give up temporary custody to Calvin’s parents (which they felt completely comfortable in doing) or face their children going into a Foster Home. So before court started all attorneys went into back chambers with the Judge to discuss the turn over in guardianship; it was granted and the children were now safe from Foster Care. However, Social Services WAS NOT HAPPY!

On Monday a police car showed up on the McHenrys doorstep stating they wanted to “ask some questions in regards to the children” both Suzanne and Calvin stated they would not without council, thus making the police officers angry where upon immediate handcuffs were slapped on Suzanne stating they had a warrant for her arrest. No reason was given, no warrant was shown and the police refused to give out any information to either party as to court dates or reasons. It was also stated by Calvin that there was no Myranda rights given to his wife. The officer sweared expletives to Calvin when Calvin started asking him about his rights and the Constitution the officer only stated “Shut the F*** Up..Don’t say another F****ing word!”

It wasn’t until the following day Calvin learned from Suzanne that there has been supposedly a warrant issued on May 22 for her arrest, prior to any inquiry by Social Services.

The case is still in it’s beginning stages but the McHenry’s are asking for any help they can get and would like to have any journalists to take on the challenge in helping them. Calvin McHenry said “I will be willing to open up my life and hand over any and all evidence a Journalist requests to prove our innocents and get my babies back”.

They can be reached through facebook:

“Hi I’m Suzannes sister in the UK. Calvin has set up a “chip in” site for donating to help Suzannes case and FREE HER! Please if anyone can donate then please donate. Thank you xxxx”

** UPDATE: I spoke with Calvin McHenry today June 10th and I was informed that a reporter from the Local TV WMCTV/(NBC) in his area has taken on his story.. It’s still not enough, he still needs to have the truth come out since he can not afford an attorney. ALSO they are CHARGING HIS WIFE WITH A FELONY BATTERY CHARGE whis is giving her a 25 to LIFE sentence…***

** UPDATE: June 12, 2009 The McHenry’s were contacted by an Attorney willing to take the case and has promised the McHenry’s he would take the case and “UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION”. This will be interesting to follow. More good news, Calvin McHenry stated this new attorney is aggressive and plans to take the case ALL THE WAY. He plans to get the Bail reduced immediately.

GREAT NEWS: Mr. McHenry stated the children were taken to the Hospital for an evaluation on their so called Burn Marks and 3 doctors CONFIRMED the marks were that of A STAFF INFECTION!!!

July 10, 2009 UPDATE:
Calvin has told me that Suzanne is being deported back to the UK, on an expired Visa. They were unaware she violated the visa since they had gotten married. Suzanne is in a FEDERAL PRISON awaiting deportation.  CPS agrees the child’s marks are that of a Staff Infection, but state they believe it is a result of Cigarette Burns, which Calvin believes is because they are afraid of liability. Calvin has been put on Monitored Visitations with his children, Monitor must be a CPS worker, according to Social Services; CPS is afraid he is unstable and will try to take the children out of the county to be with their mother.  Calvin had posted bail for his wife, but she was immediately remanded to the Federal Prison. Calvin was unable to get his bail back as the bail bondsman refused to refund his money, even though Suzanne didn’t come home.


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19 responses to “Arkansas Mother ARRESTED after Protecing Children from Foster Care

  1. Laural Skinner

    I’m 43, and my little girl is 5 she was taken July 6.and as of today I still not sure way, DHS says a threat of harm. I was arrested, booked and released.My daughter was not with me and they took her from some friends home where she was fine. I have no charges. The DHS said I left my child for days, one night and I call several times to check on her. My two girls are my everything, my oldest was at her dads she is 15. DHS has not asked me to do anything or told me how to get my girl. The first time I meet the first worker she told me that she was going to take me court and keep my girl. This is the first time my daughter has been away from me for more then a day or two the only other person she has ever stayed with was her grammy, until she asked to stay the night with her little friend. I got a new worker I was told she was there to help, she informed me that she was not there to help she was there to try to prove the accusations against me. I not sure how this all works, they gave me a attorney I’m not sure about that either. I go to court soon and today is the first time I will have seem my attorney, I need some advice about all of this. thank you…

  2. wow as i was reading your story i was in tears, i don’t exactly what you going thru, but i know a lil bit on the kids my kids got taken away for something i didn’t do now i’m fighting to get them back home where they belong, i’m the process of starting group for parents thats dealing with the same thing as we are is called “NO MORE TEARS” we need to find a way to support one another nobody knows what we going thru unless you going thru it yourself i be praying for you and your family GOD BLESS YOU and stay strong

  3. Hey, nice blog with good info. I really like coming back here often. There?s only one thing that annoys me and that is the misfunctioning of comment posting. I usually get to 500 error page, and have to do the post twice. – Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. – Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790

  4. amiablyme

    I got your message on my website, do you have facebook? if so contact me there, my name is Sandra Ami. Leave me your phone number and I will call you.

  5. crystalc

    I have so many questions if there is any one that could help me pls. I think its horrible what happen to the ark mother and i am a young mother of a 11 mth old and am currently nine mths pregnant. My daughter was placed with family in a 60 day safety plan pls if any one can halp me send me an email

  6. Andrew

    I`m sorry to hear this has happened, and if its true what you say, I think every official involved should be sacked and compensation be awarded.
    Its a despicable way to treat a family. It`s not only hurting the parents but it`ll certainly affect the children too. I don`t know how I`d cope if this happened to me.
    I do know that it`s definately true that the social services are run as a corporation. Check out the Dun&Bradstreet website which keeps records of millions of companies worldwide and do a search. They`ll be in there. It proves they are a “for profit” organization, which is a terrible truth.

  7. amiablyme

    you wrote:
    “It does surprise me that they would go to so much effort. That’s not at all like Arkansas DHS. Its like pulling teeth to get them to take a child out of the home. Arkansas DHS workers are lazy and will report any case as unfounded when ever possible just to avoid doing there job. They’ve been doing it for years.”

    I so wish that was true, unfortunately, I’ve learned a few things about Social Services and the way they work. Though you are partially correct, DHS does ignore many cases, the reason’s are not what you think. As it was told to me, would probably shock most people, as it did me. I was told by a Government official: ” Social Services only takes good children. They don’t want children that are combative, or considered a problem. If a child goes into a Foster Home and doesn’t get along, they are then RE-placed, if a child is RE-placed more than 3 times in a year, then Social Services gets docked their funding. So, they want GOOD children”
    Therefore.. many children are taken from good families.

    I looked up and researched many aspects of Social Services and discovered they are a FOR REVENUE Corporation. The only place they can get their “revenue” is from the taking of children.

    This goes far beyond the knowledge of most people.
    Many of these good children are being taken and placed with Gay Couples who would otherwise not be able to obtain children.

    I believe you can ask many parents who have had children if they would want their children placed with a Gay or Lesbian couple, with the same response.
    Many women who are voluntarily giving their children up for adoption would also not choose these couples to raise their children. If you do the research, you will too find that many of these social workers are themselves Gay or Lesbian. You will learn that they do not have a license in Social Work. You will learn that many of them have criminal records themselves. You will learn that they are in complete and arbitrary control of children and parents; not allowing the parents to defend themselves when they are innocent. I could prove this. If you are interested in the information, I’d be happy to discuss this with you personally.

    Sandra Ami

  8. Thomas Forguson

    This is the same agancy that has stolen the children from the Tony Alamo Christian Minstries. They asked for advice from the Texas Rogue agency that tried to steal the children from the FLDS.

  9. This happening in Arkansas does not surprise me the least! It’s common for DHHS to do this to families. They want to take these children to adopt them for federal funding so they can keep the money coming in and have a job!

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