According to a May 9 report by CopBlock.org, the homeschooled children of a rural Kentucky family have had their family torn apart by the police.
Officers entered their property and home without a warrant after it was reported that the family was residing in a tent, the mother had given birth in a tent, there is no running water or septic, the children were not enrolled in school and hadn’t been vaccinated and the father threatened a neighbor with a gun.
Nicole was home with their two oldest, while Joe had the other eight children with him.
When the officers left the home, the blocked the access road to the family property, which prevented Nicole and their two boys from leaving. Nicole was soon pulled over by the police, and that’s when things went horribly wrong.
Nicole was able to call Joe and quickly tell him what was going on. She wasn’t able to talk long because she needed her phone to record the events. Without justification or documentation to support their action at that time, Breckinridge deputies took the two boys from Nicole’s custody.
Nicole was taken into custody on disorderly conduct charges and resisting arrest charges for not allowing the Sheriff to take her boys. It was during her arrest that she claims the Sheriff bruised her arm. Whether this is true depends on which side of the issue you wish to believe and if he did, perhaps it was because Nicole was struggling, which resulted in the resisting arrest charge.
Joe was able to meet his wife where the stop was taking place, where he got out of the vehicle to speak with officers and to recover the car Nicole had been driving. According to the family, the Sheriff, with his hand on his gun, ordered Joe back into the car. The Sheriff made it known he had every intention of making things as difficult as possible, which included impounding their car.
A friend, who had driven Joe to meet with the Sheriff got out of the car, where she was able to convince the Sheriff to let Joe take the family vehicle. Joe also was able to get his hands on Nicole’s cell phone, which had been recording the audio the entire time.
The Sheriff ordered Joe to turn the remaining eight children over to Breckinridge County Sheriff’s deputies by 10:00 a.m., or he’d face felony charges for not complying.
A report by AMTVMedia.com added more details on the abuse Nicole suffered at the time of her arrest
“At that point, Nicole had been taken into custody for disorderly conduct (for not passively allowing the Sheriff to take her boys) and resisting arrest. Even though she is 5 months pregnant, she was slammed belly first into the cop car and bruised and scraped on both arms.”
Nicole was held overnight in Hardinsburg, where she attempted to sleep on a hard jail cell floor. The whereabouts of their two oldest sons is unknown to the family.
On the family Facebook: Blessed Little Homestead page, Nicole stated
“I asked repeatedly what the accusations were. I didn’t get these papers till noon on Thursday. AFTER my children were taken. I requested to 1. To know the accusations against me and 2. To be allowed legal representation. I was not afforded that. When the sheriff came to my home and when he pulled me over he could clearly see the well being of my boys. Yet he forcibly removed them.
I was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. If you hear the audio you can clearly tell I was siting in my car when I was arrested for being “disorderly”. I was then thrown against the cop car. I have bruises on my arm from them.“
A family friend has set up a GoFundMe webpage, where the reason for the complaint was explained
“All of this has happened because of an anonymous complaint filed with CPS. In the state of Kentucky, an anonymous complaint cannot be considered probable cause to pursue this course of action. It cannot be confirmed that this is the complainant, but earlier this week an acquaintance of the Naugler family threatened to file a CPS complaint against them, all because Joe “unfriended” this acquaintance on Facebook.”
The family has a court appearance at 9 a.m. May 11 at Breckinridge County Court. It will be a closed meeting, where the family hopes to learn more about the fate of their other children. All they know at this time is the children are spread out between four homes in four different counties.
The HSLDA, as well as the local homeschooling community support the family. Joe and Nicole also have an attorney to help them through this.
For those who wish more information, click here for a question and answer page. As for the Breckinridge Sheriff’s Office,
Nicole did her best to prevent her children from being unlawfully taken from her, since she didn’t receive documents stating authorities had the right to take the children until after her arrest.
People wonder why the United States is developing such unease concerning police in this country. When police are allowed to come into a home and forcefully remove children on the grounds of unproven rumors, something is very, very wrong.
But if you look at their Facebook page, there’s a war going on as to whether these children should have been removed from the home, and to whether those children would be better or worse off with their parents.
Joe and Nicole ask for their supporters to please keep them in their thoughts as they fight to get their children returned to them. For future updates, see their Facebook page, which has gone viral since the story broke.
For the “other” side of the story, the one saying the kids were living in an unsuitable and unhealthy environment, read the comments following this blog.
Comments have also been made on several Facebook threads calling the sheriff a “hero.” There’s also a very good article from a person who led a similar life. It’s a must read and can be found here.