Michigan Police Seize Kids from Family For “Camping”

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Last month, a Michigan family decided it would be fun to go camping for the summer, on a 10 acre plot of land they had recently purchased. Christopher and Antonia Hernandez wanted their six children to experience the outdoors, and get a taste for off grid living. But after living in several large tents for 9 days, their rural experiment came to an abrupt end.

On May 19, the parents left the property to do laundry at a laundromat, as well as to buy food and some fencing for the animals. The younger children were left in the care of their 15-year-old son, who is nearly 16.

“When we arrived back, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department was at the property claiming to have received a report of squatters on the land,” Antonia said. “We provided documentation of our right to be on the land, which was verified the next day by the land owner.”

A CPS representative also was on the property, and had concerns about the living conditions. CPS made four allegations, according to the official court document:

  • The family was not in a “stable living environment.”
  • The family had no electricity or water source, and was using kerosene as a means of heat.
  • The children were playing in the woods, cared for by a 15 year old.
  • The youngest child had a diaper rash.
  • The 17-year-old girl, who has Cerebral Palsy, was cold.

The children, whose ages ranged from 7 months to 17, were promptly taken away from the parents by CPS and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department. However, many of the reasons given for the seizure of these children don’t hold up. For one, the kids appear to have had everything they need. Their lifestyle was by no means “easy” according the standards of someone living on the grid, but they were in good hands.

The family had a generator, and had purchased a pass to use the showers at a nearby state park. The multiple tents they were using were very large, and were sufficient to house the family and their belongings. They were also receiving an abundant supply of drinking water by filling 5 gallon jugs at Walmart, and collecting rainwater.

The claim that some of the children were “cold” also doesn’t hold up. The oldest girl with Cerebral Palsy, had a temperature of 96 degrees after the government officials left her tent flap open for an hour and a half. Her temperature quickly stabilized as soon as she was admitted to the hospital, where doctors claimed she was “very well taken care of.”

The “diaper rash” accusation is equally absurd. Apparently these CPS workers have never had children of their own. If they did, they would know that the vast majority of parents have experienced this problem with their infants, and it is not necessarily a sign of neglect. In any case, the rash had already been healing when CPS arrived.

And since when is a teenager too young to look after his/her siblings? I guarantee you there are millions of single parents out there that have had to leave their kids home alone to take care of each other. If the adolescent is a responsible person (which this one probably is after taking care of an older, disabled sibling) then the other children are probably in good hands.

Unfortunately, none of this was taken into consideration by the authorities. The parents were given no choice but to leave the property and hand over their children to CPS. They weren’t even given the option to return to their original residence (which was an ordinary grid connected home). Fortunately for these parents, their children were returned to them on June 10th, after 21 days. However, the kids were not returned on the grounds that CPS had made mistake, or overreacted.

The only reason the Hernandez family has been reunited, is due to the Tlingit ancestry of the mother. Federal and Michigan state laws create an additional barrier for separating Native American families. If not for her ancestry, the kids would probably still be in the hands of CPS.

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  • YeahRightOkay

    …crap like this is worse than any Twilight Zone or 1984 story line…

    • Hardly. 1984 is already well in place, and Twilight Zone would still make for good fantasy and scifi drama. It’s just a matter of time before we start hearing about face-mounted rat cages.

    • The Joker

      I mean this is totally insane.

  • Stories like this will continue until the majority of people learn about the deceit that CPS workers will use to kidnap their children and begin to take precautions against it having an opportunity to occur.
    Unfortunately, that will take a very long time given the long learning curve being provided by the mainstream media.

    • Ken Griffith

      CPS workers need to be held accountable, personally.

      • All individuals need to be held accountable individually for all of their actions. Official immunity is an open invitation to official malfeasance. Malum prohibitum, however, should be abolished, because short of having a complaining victim, with the sole exception of homicide, there is no crime.

  • You have to be a bull dyke to get a CPS job, it’s a requirement.

    • Razedbywolvs

      Just a suggestion. Quit using a different color font for every paragraph.

    • Dennis Wilson

      I LIKE the colorful text. Most sites are just “plain jane” ugly and totally lacking interest and imagination in both format and content–and littered with ads. Your site “rocks”, Dr B.

    • Are the men all transexuals?

  • CharlesH

    FU*KING PIGS and GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS. And cops actually have the balls to wonder why they’re disrespected and shot down…like the freaking animals they are. What the hell is the matter with these people?!?

    • bill lopez

      How about the fucking busy body who called the authorities in the first place?

      • Dude1394

        Well he was an arse. But CPS acts like they are trying to justify their pension everytime they are called. They are little power hungry nazis.

  • Mike D

    Thou shall only camp at state approved campgrounds in a state approved method.

    • tone

      I am the Lord thy Government
      Thou shalt have no other Government.

  • way2inform

    Yet another reason i wont have children

    • Good call: let other peoples stupidity dictate your life.
      If you chose not to have kids that’s your call and I respect that but to say you choose not to because you’re afraid of TPTB, you already let them win.

    • gjshady

      Americans, “0”, illegals “5+” with many wives or just 1. Have children and join the human “race” for survival as it will heighten your senses and keep your instincts well.

    • Dude1394

      We all appreciate it.

    • Rick Davis

      I think that is the goal of govt.

  • James

    Campground’s over charge but pay tax’s. You shall not denigh the Goverment a tax coin. That is high treason in America!

  • Smarty

    I predict that one of these CPS events is going to end up with a bunch of dead agents. Someone, somewhere is going to make a stand against these assholes when they decide to fuck with the wrong guy. That event will set a precedent. It won’t bother me. I’ll sleep like a baby that night after reading about it….

    • Reverend Draco

      I’ll throw a party.

  • stephen joseph

    Too bad cps and these cops made it out of the woods….maybe they won’t next time.

  • knotjammin2

    Just release the names and addresses of the officials that committed these crimes against this family. The public will take care of the rest. Also, include the name and address of the nosey nanny state liberal neighbor that reported them.

  • Guillotine_ready

    Let’s stop pointing to individual symptoms of dysfunction without our corrupt self serving psychopathic greed motivated lame excuse for government which happens to be a hazard to the health of everyone and everything on this planet and disband the damn thing. I could give a shit how big it is, they are just bipeds and they probably would rather not become unipeds.
    If americans will not stand up and get rid of an organization that exists to steal their children and often allows them to end up in the child sex trade, then americans deserve every horrible thing happens to them.
    Vaccines, garbage school lunches, limited play area, cps, useless educational system and pedophiles in the churches and bureaucratic structures. What a great country to raise children in. And look who is raising them wimps, sell outs and cowards how wonderful for the children

  • They were obviously training their children to be terrorists – they must be stopped!

  • Anonymous Guy

    Shameful. The end game is upon us.

  • Rrddbb

    WTH has happened to this country?? I’m 58 years old and it IS NOT the wonderful country I grew up in. This not the USA anymore. It has become a liberal insane asylum.

    • Yahu Savant

      Sucks, doesn’t it?

    • Yahu Savant

      Sucks, doesn’t it?

    • nevermyname

      We have not waken up and realized we are in the EU, Europe voted to be in the EU. We never got the chance to vote because these beasts new the American Public would never consent.

  • BULLCRAP. WHO MADE THE CALL TO THE SHERIFF OFFICE? LIARS. A person has the right BY LAW, to know who their accuser is.
    I WILL BET GOOD MONEY, they the Sheriff office was spying on lands with drones.

  • DoktorWho

    The CPS worker and the sheriffs responsible should be fired and fined by the judiciary. They are an embarrassment to their community. Then, the judge should post the notice regarding the firing and fine so everyone across the nation can see.

  • 2mrixl1

    This is why so many people end up hating cops-because they snivel and grovel in front of the bureaucrats, instead of upholding the Consitution. “Ja, I vas yust following orders.”

  • 2mrixl1

    Animals breed, humans raise children created in the image of God. Very nasty use of language to try and use pejorative to supplant the word birth. Fortunately, only liberals are dumb enough to fall for it.

    • Nathan Cox

      Human beings are animals, and breed accordingly. Keep your religious propaganda to yourself.

      • 2mrixl1

        Human beings are created by God for eternity in Heaven. Keep your atheist propaganda to yourself.

        • MrAnthill

          Actually, they are created from sex, just like animals. No sex, no creation.

          • sinkiller

            All are born with an instinct to know God.

          • All are born a part of god.

          • 2mrixl1

            And by what criteria decide the difference between love and hate? Does everybody get to use their own criteria or are we all required to use yours? How do you know what qualifies as love and hate? Hitler had one definition, Mother Theresa another.

          • MrAnthill

            Really? Was Hitler loving? Was Mother Theresa full of hate? If you are not aware, you need more work.

          • 2mrixl1

            And you need to learn to understand the question. By what criteria do you decide what constitutes love and hate? If you’d ever bothered to learn to think, you would have noticed I did not accuse Mother Theresa of hating but of having a different definition of love than Hitler. If you can stop being smug for a moment maybe you could answer the question. You’re the one that needs to do more work.

          • MrAnthill

            If you were aware of the difference between love and hate you would know and not inquire. Look to your own example and learn, you will know by their fruits, and by yours.
            Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

          • 2mrixl1

            Thank you. You are using the Christian definition. Now by what criteria, do you feel that is valid? Is it because you recognize a higher authority or is it just because you’ve been “indoctrinated” that way? If
            “indocrinated” why not another definition, and by what criteria do you decide? Hitler put love of race above all other forms of love. What tells you the Christian definition is better? Where does your definition come from?

          • MrAnthill

            You can use indoctrination or domestication.
            A child is not born believing anything. The parents or caregivers instill in the child, by repetition and reinforcement, those beliefs, languages, traditions, culture norms, biases, fears, dogmas, and creeds that they hold, be it Christian, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Jehovahs Witnesses, atheism, zen, Taoist, Naziism,

            A child will be raised loving, hateful, courageous, fearful, racist, accepting, judgmental, capitalist, communist, socialist…, depending on the parents and societal/culture domestication, usually in the same way that they were domesticated themselves by their parents, and it is largely a unconscious process. Rewards and punishments will be the child’s truth- Pleasing the parents/teachers/status quo to gain acceptance is their motive for how they behave. It’s a process of wanting acceptance,
            Truth is not patentable as much as theocratic minds so desperately wish for and believe. Theocratic dictatorships will only result in war and oppression.
            Truth is arrived at by some by way of a quest, a search. Many have embraced the religion of their parents, only to move beyond what they believe are religions that demand obedience and control through fear and intimidation
            In most, truth is simply borrowed. It is easy to parrot what was taught, it is difficult to transcend domestication and learn truth for yourself, at whatever the cost. There are many good aspects of many religions, and negatives as well. I can find truth and wisdom from Jesus, from Buddha, from Islam, from Sufis, from Lao Tzu, whereas, your truth will only lead you to my condemnation. If your truth gives you comfort, then you have my blessings.

          • 2mrixl1

            And by what criteria do you decide what are the good and bad aspects of a religion? Is there an absolute truth to measure them against? And if your belief is true does that not make it a higher truth than the truths of others? Do you not consider yourself superior to all these masters if you decide what is good and bad about them?

          • MrAnthill

            “Do you not consider yourself superior to all these masters if you decide what is good and bad about them?”

            No,I find wisdom from masters, but tyranny from most religions.

          • Domestication is a form of indoctrination.

        • englishvinal

          Horse manure…!

          • 2mrixl1

            The scholarly elegance of your reply requires no rebuttal.

        • Then why do we waste so much time on earth, first?

      • With that level of ignorance of the law, I hope you aren’t a JD.

      • sinkiller

        No. You keep your atheism to yourself.

      • CSATexas

        This is an open forum not your own private hate speech zone.

        Keep your bigotry to yourself..

      • mike slaney

        If you are a Humanist, you would correct, so don’t complain when one off those animals rips your insides out for food when they are starving, after all that’s what animals do.

    • Razedbywolvs

      I’m more curious as to what “image of God” means exactly. Do you have kids that don’t look like you but look like God?

      • 2mrixl1

        It means they have free will, a spiritual essence and are capable of eternal life.

        • We have all of that at birth, regardless of what, if any, religious tradition we are born into.

    • englishvinal

      Oh go find something creative and worthy to DO with your energy!… I had three children and if I had a choice to make, knowing how it all turned out… there would be three LESS drains on humanity~!
      Humans ARE “animals”.. physically speaking… and they BREED….. they don’t “birth”.. what is the matter with your head?

      • 2mrixl1

        Could it be your three “drains on humanity” had an animal for a mother?

    • Farmer

      That comment by laura m surely indicates a lack of compassion and understanding of the human race. Children are a true gift from God and are to be cherished. Now, it is vogue to walk in to a parlor and have some butcher stick tools up inside and tear little arms and legs off. If I suggested that method for dealing with death row inmates, I’d be called inhuman ….. but, little babies …. .no problem. My brain cannot go the way liberal brains go … it hurts too much.

  • TheSouthernNationalist

    WTF??? Just because shes an indian they get a free pass?
    This is bullshit and a slap in the face to all the other innocent families that’s been destroyed by cps.

    • Yahu Savant

      Members of Indian tribes are citizens of sovereign nations (you don’t make treaties with your own citizens!). They’re not independent though some want to be!

      • Razedbywolvs

        He is a Southern Nationalist. I’m fairly sure that is what he is pissed about.

      • Nuke Pro


      • TheSouthernNationalist

        We are citizens of a sovereign nation too and we don’t get free passes.

    • Yahu Savant

      Members of Indian tribes are citizens of sovereign nations (you don’t make treaties with your own citizens!). They’re not independent though some want to be!

  • Mike

    CPS does nothing but kidnap and traffic kids.

  • Mike

    CPS does nothing but kidnap and traffic kids.

    • Kyle Davinski

      “child procurement services” huh… I believe I read a report recently that a little over 70% of the children rescued from trafficking rings were, at one time, in DHS/ CPS related programs….. Even if that number is an overkill, I would not be shocked to find out that the number is over half.

  • F_This

    I would gladly go to jail over this if these were my kids. This overreach by the government must end, and in my case, it would end very ugly.

  • dan wicks

    CPS is an agency that must find a certain number of “abuse” cases every month to justify their jobs. They are running a racket against families and taxpayers. This is one of the worst scams, it is an agency that needs a 90% budget cut!

  • Mɿ jinǫlɘƨ

    maybe it is time for the people to steep up and take there kids from them!

  • Patriot21

    The law must change with regard to CPS and reasons that they may take children away with out a warrant. I believe the only reason CPS, in any state, should be able to take children away with out a warrant is for vary obvious physical abuse. By Obvious I mean cigarette burn marks, broken bones and bruises from Obvious beatings (not spankings or other types of similar punishments) that a witness or 2 has seen a parent inflict and reported right away. Any other case CPS should have to Get a warrant after providing evidence to a judge. A CPS case workers word alone should not be enough.

    • The problem is that they aren’t following the law. They are following administrative procedures written by bureaucrats and enforced by pseudo judges in administrative law courts .

  • cama9

    You’ve missed the opportunity to not only raise the next Patrick Henry, George Mason or Thomas Jefferson, but to emulate and be one of them. Who is actually ‘breeding’? The sheeple who want a one world government, the slave state under welfarism, and those who would trade their liberty for anything other than freedom. Those of us who understand and believe in our foundational principles need to be passing that information on to our children who will be raised in the Spirit of liberty despite outside forces. For all you say you see, you are no better than the sheeple because you do nothing.

  • Krejoe

    Most of the human beings on earth live in much worse conditions.
    (No clean water, or other basic necessities).

  • grammyprepper

    Are you freaking kidding me? They were camping for pete’s sake…dang, guess I should stop taking my grandkids camping…even though we camp at established campgrounds with all the amenities…we might be accused of taking them out of their ‘normal’ surroundings….god forbid we try ‘roughing’ it….SMDH…oh, and if the parents were comfortable with the almost 16 yr old supervising, especially with a special needs child, God Bless them and that wonderfully responsible young man…oh wait a minute, can I say that?

  • OldPoorRichard

    CPS needs to be disbanded. it is part gang and part cult. Too off the rails to be reformed.

  • Stuck_in_Ca

    When gov’t runs out of problems to fix, it makes up new ones.

  • Everyone should live in the woods with out electricity for a few weeks. I do/did it every year. It makes you appreciate the small things in live.

    Maybe we should be arresting all the illegals aliens instead, they are doing the same thing without “Tents”.

  • MrAnthill

    By the CPS definition, all the 100s of thousands of Amish are fair game to confiscate their children. I would say that the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department and the CPS are acting like terrorists. It is simply outrageous.
    The CPS has a blatant history of corruption and pedophilia within it’s ranks. The CPS has been given to much power and authority and are out of line.

  • crickett_4jc

    I don’t mind people being concerned and looking out for others, especially children, bit how about instead of see something say something to the authorities we see something, DO something for those we think may need help! If you think there’s a problem go offer up your services to help the people, don’t be a chicken shit and just try to phone it in (literally). I don’t want to live in a society where people look the other way if they think kids are being abused, but I also don’t want to live in a world where the answer is to tattle on people without confirming.

    • Farmer

      So .. .what is abusive about camping and spending quality time with the family …. or have I misinterpreted your comments?

  • LeisureForeigner

    On second thought , let’s not go to Michigan. ‘Tis a silly place.

  • englishvinal

    Take yourself to a library and do some research… physically human beings are ANIMALS.. warm blooded animals..
    If you want to talk about spirit.. or “souls” then specify what you mean instead of criticizing people who are technically correct….
    And for your education: “human being” is identified in Ballentines Law dictionary as “Monster”…. put THAT in your shysa pipe and smoke it!

    • You need to read about how Alfred Adask got the government to drop a charge because he found the phrase “humans and other animals” in the law, and challenged it on a freedom of religion basis.

    • TraditionalNaturopath

      I know some animals (four legged kind) that have more soul than some people.

  • I agree, not everyone is meant to be or should be a parent, but by claiming the above article (and by proxy, the CPS, Police, government etc) is a reason someone wont have children as the OP did, (s)he is indeed letting the powers that be dictate their parenthood plans.
    There is, and never will be a guarantee that your children will have a good (or bad….) future. There are no guarantees in your life or mine either but we still work for a better world. The cost of raising kids is an argument I hear cited generally by people who have no children. I have found the cost of raising my children successfully to be minimal.

  • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

    Not all of us would lie down and allow our children to be taken.

    But please, tell me more about what you see from the Lord! I remember you from Common sense show and I need you to tell me what you’ve been told and what we should do!

  • Robin Wenz

    OMG I baby sat at age 11!!!! and they are hyper over a 15 year old?? Many 15 year old girls have babies! Hell they mature earlier and faster than boys! Even a 15 year old boy can baby sit – unbelievable!

  • rubiconscross

    Welcome to the ObamaLand gulag! Just curious though, did Michigan vote twice to elect him? You reap what you sow…

  • Brain Housing Unit

    This is what happens in a police state. Best get used to it America…

  • Kim Chul Soo

    Where do they find these friggin intrusive morons?

  • Freedom?

    Sounds like the state was trespassing to me.

    They are criminals, and they, the state employees need to be arrested.

  • NewHampshire Bound

    Steal someone in my family, everyone involved gets to die. Even if I die too.

  • Ken Griffith

    You’re self-sterilized. People like you shouldn’t be allowed to vote, because you have no stake in the future.

  • TheKungFuJew



    What they should have said to the cops was “You are trespassing on my land. Go away and get yourself a search warrant”.
    As to CPS the only way to stop them is to hit them where it hurts – in the wallet. Oppose their funding, as a matter of politics. If they use money for abusive purposes then take away their money.

  • Dude1394

    Alert the ny district attorney. These cps nazis should be hung.

  • Dude1394

    Their body, their choice. Who are you to tell them how many children to have. We had two and wish itmhadmbeen eight. MYOB

  • Dude1394

    We all appreciate your staying away.

  • Dude1394

    You think they were being abused? Imo that is the only reason kiddos should be taken. Immediate threat of harm. Baring that, the cps should be forced to prove something.

  • ObserversDickIsAFatwa

    Thank God these kids were rescued. They probably didn’t even have Wi-Fi way out in the middle of ten acres….

  • Law_dog1

    The CPS should have been shot for trespassing lol, Hey GOV stay out of our lives, we have freedoms here!

  • Farmer

    Please log in to the “US Government I am Here to Help You Website”. We will be available to service your every need in any emergency or dire circumstance. If you have trained y(our) children properly and told them that the government will take care of them —- then thank you – you are doing a good job. If you have taught y(our) children to wipe their own behinds and tie their own shoes, you are suspected of being un-American and guilty of crimes against the government. Please refrain from being self-sufficient.

  • Farmer

    “and you need to get a life.” …. sounds like a liberal rant to me. And, oh by the way laura …. this is a group and a rally …. get over it!