Not Your Mama’s Lemonade…

…or is it?

Chris Ratte, of Ann Arbor, Michigan had his 7-year-old son snatched away from him by the state’s Child Protective Services after accidently buying him a Mike’s Hard Lemonade to drink while watching baseball at the Comerica baseball park. Ratte claims that he’d never heard of the alcoholic beverage and believed that he was buying his son, Leo, a regular lemonade to drink during the game.

“I’d never drunk it, never purchased it, never heard of it,” Ratte said sheepishly last week. “And it’s certainly not what I expected when I ordered a lemonade for my 7-year-old.”

Ratte would have lived on in ignorance had not a security guard noticed the drink in the young child’s hands and started a chain of events that would remove the child from his parent’s home for two days and keep Chris Ratte from his own home for several more days because of a court order. And all this despite the fact that the child was examined by physicians and deemed to be unharmed.

But what kind of harm did the child suffer by being kept separated from his parents for several days, not even allowed supervised visits with any member of his family?

I’m sure there are legitimate cases of child abuse and neglect that CPS could be focusing on, but the Ratte family does not fall into that category. We should be outraged that the government can kidnap children from parents who have simply made an honest mistake.

Detroit Free Press - Hard lemonade, hard price


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