A mother from the Lev Tahor community has published an open letter online asking for help to put an end to the children’s services case against her family.
The married mother of three writes of how two of her children, a 4-year-old and 1-year-old, were seized by Chatham-Kent Children’s Services last month and placed in custody for two days.
She refers to the investigation as a “torture campaign” and describes the methods of children’s aid as “frightening.”
“I can not imagine my children being further terrorized by seeing again persons visit their house to look for unreasonable reasons to abduct them,” she says in the letter.
“I must cry out to just anyone, please call the society and look for some human feeling at the society’s office and ask them please (give) up the improper visits and withdraw your unjustified case against any innocent parents including Jewish devoted one.”
The mother’s two children were seized after authorities say they found unexplained bruises on the their faces during a surprise visit.
The matter has been adjourned until April as a lawyer for Lev Tahor gathers letters from several doctors in Quebec and Ontario that offer a reason for the bruising.
Lev Tahor, an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect, is at the centre of an on-going children’s aid investigation.
Quebec youth protection authorities allege the Jewish group forces 14-year-old girls to marry men over the age of 30, feeds children anti-psychotic drugs and isolates its members.