Article 5 on page 564 of the Georgia Law Enforcement Handbook is titled Section Code 16-5-70 Cruelty to Children:
(a) A parent, guardian or other person supervising the welfare of having immediate charge or custody of a child under the age of 18 commits the offense of cruelty to children in the first degree when such person willfully deprives the child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child’s health or well-being is jeopardized.
(b) Any person commits the offense of cruelty to children in the first degree when such person maliciously causes a child under the age of 18 cruel or excessive physical or mental pain.
(2) Such person, who is the primary aggressor, having knowledge that a child under the age of 18 is present an see or hears the act, commits a forcible felony, battery or family violence battery.
Now I write this because CPS is the worst offender. The Code plainly states that any person who is supervising the welfare of a child under 18 commits the offense of cruelty to children in the first degree when such person WILLFULLY deprives that child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child’s health and well-being is jeopardized. When children are taken from parents whose only crimes are being poor and uneducated they are willfully being deprived of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child’s health and well being is jeopardized. They are the primary aggressor and they have the knowledge and the see and hear the act as does all involved. Children who have been potty trained return to wetting the bed and their clothes, they have nightmares of never seeing their parents again, crying themselves to sleep because they are placed with strangers, p they are lied to over and over again by the Caseworker who tells them that the foster care provider is a nice and loving person and they will go home to their parents as soon as they get fixed. (Like they are a broken clock) They act out after seeing their parents because they know they have to leave them after that one hour a week visit (at the leisure of the foster care provider). They are put through evaluations, given meds they don’t need just to keep them under control so they won’t act out – the foster care provider doesn’t want to deal with these very real emotions. They are convinced that their parents do not really love them and they are better off in this new forever family (which is stupid, children are not puppies).
CPS is indeed the biggest offenders of Cruelty to Children as are those who are paid by them, The courts, CASA, GAL, attorneys for the state, doctors, psychiatrists, teachers, doctors you name it.
The most necessary sustenance is the love of that child’s BIRTH parent not one bought by the state.