December 25, 2011, eastern El Paso County, Colorado Authorities were today alerted by an anonymous call from a concerned citizen who noticed a family living in a barn. Upon arrival, Department of Human Services Child Protective Service (EPC DHS) personnel, accompanied by sheriffs deputies, took into protective custody an infant child, who had been wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a feeding trough by his 14-year old mother, Maria of Nazareth, Texas.
During the confrontation, a man identified as Joseph, also of Nazareth, Texas, attempted to stop the social workers. Joseph, aided by several local shepherds and some unidentified foreigners, tried to forestall efforts to take the child, but were restrained by deputies.
Also being held for questioning are three foreigners who allege to be wise men from an eastern country. ICE (La Migra) and Homeland Security officials are seeking information about these wise guys who may be in the country illegally. A source with ICE states that they had no passports, but were in possession of gold and other possibly illegal substances, and claimed to be following a star in the west. They resisted arrest saying that they had been warned by God to avoid officials and to return quickly to their own country. The chemical substances in their possession will be tested and the "star in the west" is apparently a light on Pikes Peak.
The owner of the barn is also being held for questioning and faces charges for violating health and safety regulations by allowing people to stay in the stable. Civil authorities are also investigating possible zoning violations involved in maintaining livestock in a commercially-zoned district.
The location of the infant will not be released, and the prospect for a quick resolution to this case is doubtful. Asked about when the child would be returned to his mother, a Child Protective Service spokesperson said, "The father is middle-aged and the mother definitely underage. We are checking with officials in Nazareth, Texas, to determine what their legal relationship is."
However, because she was obviously pregnant when they left, investigators are looking into other reasons for their departure. Joseph is being held without bond on charges of molestation, kidnapping, child endangerment, and statutory rape.
Maria was taken to Memorial Hospital where she is being examined by doctors. Charges may also be filed against her for endangerment. She will also undergo psychiatric evaluation because of her claim that she is a virgin and that the child is the Son of God.
"I don't profess to have the right to tell people what to believe, but when their beliefs adversely affect the safety and well-being of others in this case her child we must consider her a danger to others. The unidentified drugs at the scene didn't help her case, but I'm confidant that with the proper therapy regimen we can get her back on her feet."
"Who knows what was going through their heads? But regardless, their treatment of the child was inexcusable, and the involvement of these others frightening. There is much we don't know about this case, but for the sake of the child and the public, you can be assured that we will pursue this matter to the end."
January 9, 2012 The Equal Justice Foundation has received the following update concerning the case where a child was found in a barn in eastern El Paso County on December 25 th of last year after an anonymous call to the Department of Human Services Child Protective Services (CPS) by a "concerned citizen."
The mother, Maria, has been formally charged with criminal child endangerment. Apparently she has also pled guilty to a civil dependency and neglect charge lodged by a zealous CPS case worker. We understand that, after her initial psychiatric evaluation at Memorial Hospital, Maria was transferred to Cedar Springs psychiatric hospital for more extensive treatment of her delusions.
The purported father of the child is currently being held in the El Paso County jail on charges of statutory rape, sexual assault on a child without force, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust victim under 15, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust pattern, and obstructing a peace officer. He is also being investigated by federal authorities for violation of the Mann Act and facilitating the transportation of controlled substances across state lines.
The three wise guys apprehended after a struggle with peace officers at the scene are also being held without bond. Apparently the resins they claimed to be "frankincense and myrrh" were placed on the controlled substance list under the Bush Administration. As they have admitted to being from a foreign country they have been charged with drug smuggling, possession of controlled substances, and possession with intent to distribute. The gold they were carrying has been confiscated under the R.I.C.O. Act, as well as their vehicles, and will be used by the Drug Enforcement Administration to help fight the War on Drugs.
On a more unfortunate note, the child, whom the parents had named "Jesus" before CPS intervened, has died. He was placed in a foster home under the auspices of Child Protective Services. The child was found dead in a crib. Apparently the boy's foster parents were not properly investigated and the alcoholic foster mother forgot she put the boy in the crib last week. Another child found a cell phone nearby and called 911.
El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark is the county elected official charged with oversight of the Department of Human Services. She has been continually warned of problems with that department during her eight years in office but has taken no effective action despite expenditures estimated to approach $500 million in federal, state, and county funds during her tenure. But she is running for reelection and now publicly states:
In support of her reelection campaign Commissioner Clark is reported to be helping organize a county-wide task force to address the problems. In keeping with previous experience the commission will be composed of the same bureaucrats who are responsible for the current problems. Predictably their solution will involve more money and more social workers, as well as support for the reelection of Commissioner Clark so they can continue in their ways.