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Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« on: July 09, 2014, 06:16:51 AM »
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Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
Jordan Richardson

What started out as a normal Sunday morning for Jeffrey Williamson of Blanchester, Ohio, turned into a nightmare when police officers showed up to his front door and arrested him in front of his family. His crime? Child endangerment—as the authorities described it—because his son skipped church to go play with friends. He now faces up to six months in jail.

According to Williamson, the local Woodville Baptist Church sends a van to his neighborhood twice a week to offer free transportation to those interested in attending services. Williamson’s children ride the van regularly on Wednesdays and Sundays. This morning was no different, as his eight-year-old son Justin and siblings said goodbye to their father and left their house to board the van.

One problem: Justin skipped church and went to play instead.

The young boy stayed in the neighborhood to play with friends and then later ended up at the local Family Dollar store down the road. After police officers were called to the store by a customer who recognized Justin, they took him back to his neighborhood where they proceeded to arrest his father for child endangerment.

Williamson recounted his interaction with the police officer, stating, “The next thing you know, he comes up to me and he says, ‘You’re under arrest.’ My kids start crying their eyes out wondering why I’m getting arrested.”

To make matters worse, as a result of local news coverage of the event, Williamson was fired from his job and remained unemployed for a period of time.

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Re: Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014, 08:15:17 AM »
If there is no law stating church attendance is mandatory, this will be obliterated on appeal...if the story has even a shred of truth in it to begin with.

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Re: Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014, 09:09:19 AM »
If there is no law stating church attendance is mandatory, this will be obliterated on appeal...if the story has even a shred of truth in it to begin with.
Agree.
I searched deep, and all I could find was a one sided story.
Was there a pattern here, was the kid a bit wild and the father been warned about keeping the kid on a tight leash, maybe even grounded/house arrest?

Thing is, it's not the detaining officer that makes the final decision in many cases, it's up to the watch commander, or even the DA in some cases.
But to lose ones job over something so innocent, sends up red flags in my book.
There is a lot more to this story.
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Re: Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014, 09:17:50 AM »
Agree.
I searched deep, and all I could find was a one sided story.
Was there a pattern here, was the kid a bit wild and the father been warned about keeping the kid on a tight leash, maybe even grounded/house arrest?

Thing is, it's not the detaining officer that makes the final decision in many cases, it's up to the watch commander, or even the DA in some cases.
But to lose ones job over something so innocent, sends up red flags in my book.
There is a lot more to this story.

Normally, I'd expect better journalism from the Heritage Foundation.

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Re: Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2014, 09:40:30 AM »
Normally, I'd expect better journalism from the Heritage Foundation.
Me too. Omitting evidence is the epitome of lying, it's what libs do, not Conservatives.
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Re: Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014, 09:47:17 AM »
Me too. Omitting evidence is the epitome of lying, it's what libs do, not Conservatives.
I am not saying they lied. I am saying they were recklessly sloppy on fact-checking.

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Re: Son Skips Church, Father Arrested for Child Endangerment
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 10:51:20 AM »
I am not saying they lied. I am saying they were recklessly sloppy on fact-checking.
I agree, it was meant as a jab at liberal media, something they're notorious for.
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