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Parents Sue Walmart Over Kids’ Bath Pictures

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Parents Sue Walmart Over Kids’ Bath Pictures

Well, this has been prompting quite the debate in the blogosphere…

An Arizona couple accused of sexual abuse after taking bath-time photos of their children and then trying to have them developed at Walmart are suing the state and the retail giant.

Lisa and Anthony “A.J.” Demaree’s three young daughters were taken away by Arizona Child Protective Services last fall when a Walmart employee found partially nude pictures of the girls on a camera memory stick taken to the store for processing.

The Peoria couple’s attorney said Walmart turned the photos over to police and the Demarees were not allowed to see their children for several days and didn’t regain custody for a month while the state investigated.

Neither parent was charged with sexual abuse and they regained custody of their children — then ages 1 1/2, 4 and 5 — but the Demarees claim the incident inflicted lasting harm.  The couple is seeking monetary damages from both Walmart and the state and have requested a jury trial.  And if that jury should be full of parents with young children, well, all the better!

As one who has taken innocent bath-time photos of her daughter (she just looks so darn cute in there!), I can understand the parents’ frustration.  I can also understand why an employee would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to potential child porn.  (I know, I know… way to take a stand, Candy!)

But the thing that really gets ME, is…


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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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