Mother plans to fight for children
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She is hundreds of miles away as the fate of her two children hangs in the balance. Yet, a Winnipeg mother accused of preaching hatred and racism insists she hasn’t abandoned her fight to regain custody.
The woman — who can’t be named pursuant to the Child and Family Services Act — told the Free Press she plans to appear in court and take the witness stand when the high-profile case resumes next month.
She claims she lost her job, the support of family and friends and was "run out of town" because of the disturbing allegations. She is now stranded outside the province for financial reasons.
"If I had the money to attend I would be there. But how do you fight with nothing, when everything in your life has been taken away from you?" she said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Child and Family Services seized her seven-year-old daughter and three-year-old son last year after the girl showed up at her elementary school with several white supremacist markings and drawings on her body. The girl then made a series of vile remarks about blacks and other minorities in followup interviews with various social workers.
CFS is now seeking a permanent order of guardianship, alleging the children have been emotionally abused through exposure to their parents’ beliefs. The girl’s stepfather, who is the biological father of the younger boy, has retained a lawyer and is fighting back on the basis of freedom of speech, expression and religion. But his estranged wife was nowhere to be found when the case began on Monday.
"What (CFS) are coming up with is absolutely ludicrous. They’re telling lies because they’re trying to justify what they’ve done," the mother said Wednesday.
She said friends are rallying together to raise funds so she can buy a plane ticket to return to Winnipeg, including a musician planning a benefit concert in Toronto early next month. The judge has already stated the woman is welcome to attend and give evidence. The trial will adjourn on Friday and resume June 23.
"I have a rebuttal for everything that’s been said. I won’t allow them to win by lying," the mother said. She has written a lengthy affidavit outlining her version of events.
She admits drawing a swastika on her daughter in an attempt to "piss off" the school based on ongoing concerns she had with the curriculum. But she claims the girl is responsible for all the other markings on her body, which covered much of the girl’s arms and legs and included references to Adolf Hitler and the slogan "we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
The woman also denies teaching her children to hate people who aren’t white, claiming she was stunned to hear social workers tell court this week how the girl calmly and graphically described how to kill a black person by whipping them with a ball and chain, while using a series of racial slurs.
"I honest to God do not believe she said those things. She never said anything like that to me. I think (the social workers) wanted her to say those things and were putting words in her mouth," she said. The mother denies being a "neo-Nazi skinhead" and denies ever telling her daughter she would disown her if she befriended a non-white child, as a social worker claimed in court this week.
"That’s ridiculous. She had a little Asian girl at her birthday party just a few months before she was taken away. We had a black babysitter," she said. The mother also denies CFS claims that she and her husband used to smoke marijuana in front of the children, claiming "white nationalists" frown upon drugs as "hippie s–t." She admits being on anti-depressants, and her husband told a social worker he’d previously used heroin.
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