I thought to myself, "This would never fly in California."
Then I downloaded the court decision, and I understood the deeper issues involved in this very sad case. Prepare yourself.
Superficially, the case is about whether a parent has a right to home-school her children.
The deeper facts of the case are very different, however.
State of Nebraska Places Daughters in Custody Due to Physical Abuse
Three years ago, the state of Nebraska asked the juvenile court to place two children - Cassandra and Moira - in temporary custody with the state's Department of Health and Human Services.
Apparently, a county sheriff reported that Cassandra, who was just 13, was forced to sleep in a tent outside of the home even when the temperature was a cool 55 degrees. After she attempted to leave the tent to enter the warmer home, her uncle forced her back into the tent and zip-tied it shut.
The child attempted to escape again, so the mother turned on a water hose, which the uncle used to spray the girl. Then the uncle used rope to tie around the girl's wrists.