News Mom reported to CPS over a birthmark

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  1. the G-man

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    Daycare Provider Reported Mom to CPS. Because of a Birth Mark.
    Sheriff said it looked like a handprint.


    It's been quite a week for Tamara O'Haire, a cowgirl and online fitness trainer from Bozeman, Montana. O'Haire is a mother to a 9-month-old boy. On Monday, she put him in daycare for the very first time.

    On Tuesday, Tammy got a call at work—a cattle feedlot—from Child Protective Services. The agency had to meet with her immediately. She and her husband were suspected of child abuse. The daycare center had called CPS to report a bruise on the baby's chest.

    But it wasn't a bruise. It was a birthmark.

    According to O'Haire, the daycare—Roots Nature School, which offers "nature-based childcare and preschool"—made no attempt to contact her about the alleged bruise. The school, "went straight to the state, assuming we are beating our child."

    Tammy made an appointment for her and her husband to meet with CPS on August 10. But first thing that morning, she took her son to the pediatrician."She examined him—she's been his pediatrician since he was six days old," said O'Haire in an interview. "She confirmed it was a birthmark and not a bruise." The doctor even wrote a note.

    What's more, O'Haire has posted Facebook photos of her son every month on his birthday. The birthmark showed up at around five months. She had four time-stamped photos of this "bruise."

    At her CPS appointment, they were joined by a sheriff. O'Haire showed them the photos and the doctor's note. The sheriff's response?

    "The sheriff told us that he thought the birthmark looked like a handprint," O'Haire recalled.

    At that point, says O'Haire, "I was a blubbering mess. I think this is standard protocol—they have to take everything very serious. I've been hearing this, 'If there's any sign of any suspicious marks on any child, it has to be reported to the state.' So that was their rebuttal."

    O'Haire and her husband must appear before CPS and the sheriff again in three weeks. Until then, their case is open.

    The one silver lining, O'Haire said, is this: After she posted about her troubles on Facebook, "a lot of other moms have opened up about their stories. One mom said that she got called into CPS because she missed [her child's] checkup. Another mom shared how one of he children had a similar situation where a birthmark looked like a bruise and she got called in, too. Another woman told me she was involved in a similar situation with CPS. So I'm just happy that I'm spreading the word about this."
     
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    Poor kid. That's like having a permanent "kick me" sign.
     
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    Getthepoisonout I regret my username

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    Lots of them go away with age.
     
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    idiotbox Looking for a dime and found a quarter.

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    Had a lot of birthmarks on my face as a kid. Legs and ass too.
     
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    Another reason not to hand your kids over to strangers to raise :hw:
     
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    So happy my kids never went to daycare.
     
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    Ho Lee fuk. Mlaw is right about something.
     
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    I hate kids with birth marks
     
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    What happened to "it takes a village..."? ;)
     
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    My daughter has a birthmark on her leg and my nephew has one too. The doctors said anyone with Mediterranean ancestry (in our case, Italian), can have birth marks like that. People thought they were bruises too.
     
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    Mother & daughter.


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    I have a small birthmark on my leg that I always thought looked like an army man holding a gun.

    Now, upon closer examination, it looks like a guy with a fat head taking a piss.
     
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    Handing your children over to strangers or the government to raise is child abuse.
     
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    A good friend of mine was born with a birthmark that coverers the entire left side of his face. It has faded over time, but when we were kids it was fairly shocking to see.
     
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    I have a birth mark on my inner left thigh it's where my mom's liver rested against while she carried me
    And where I absorbed the alcohol she drank.
     
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    the kid has the mark of the devil
     
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    Child care providers are mandated reporters. If it was a bruise, and it was not reported, they could have been held liable if something worse happened to the kid.

    Sucks, but you can't blame them for protecting themselves and the kids on their charge.
     
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