I was with my son Jesaya 3 months in the mother-child institution in Dürrlauingen. Before the raid, I breastfed my son in the morning, afternoon, evening. and once or twice at night. During the day he has more often nursed because of the mental stress. I’d not complied with the official request to wean him from the Jugendamt (social services), since breastfeeding was often the only consolation for my son. I would have had big problems to wean him in this situation.
On the morning of December 9, 2013 I was already awake and still breastfeeding my son, as an employee of the Jugendamt (youth welfare office) unexpectedly knocked on the door and told me that today was the day when my son goes to a foster family, “Could I please make him ready?”
I said, “No, I do not make him.” She then told me that I should not do anything worse. I thought I had the right to care for my son—I could not let go so easily.
I told Jesaya that they wanted to take him, but he said time and again: “I want to stay here!
I once again went into the bathroom with my son. The corridor was filled with plain-clothed police officers and staff of the Youth Office (Jugendamt). When I came back to my room and was half in the door with my son, the police gave a sign to me that he wanted to take my son.
I screamed, “No, no, you can not do that! He’s my son who belongs to me!
I wanted to hold him, but two men held my arms and one twisted my arm behind back and ripped my son from my arms and carried him away. I still continued screaming and calling. Two policemen guarded me in my room, the one in front of the door, then another before the window after my attempt to call something out of the window.
I was deeply shocked and yearn to have my son back to me. I have never abused my son; I always want to give him what he needs.
From the neighbor’s viewpoint: shocking!
Shocking that we had to see that…
With police force seven children were torn from the faith community, Twelve Tribes, on Monday. Six families are not satisfied with the approach. By Angela Effenberger
“Six families from Dürrlauingen have turned in a letter to the district court Nördlingen and the Youth Office (Jugendamt) criticizing the procedure on Monday of Seven children of the Twelve Tribes faith community being taken out of the promotion work of St. Nicholas in Dürrlauingen. Their children had gone to school together. The spokesman for the parents, Manfred Hermann, said: “We do not support the faith community, we’re doing it as the action has expired.”
No farewell to friends
“Since September, three mothers and seven children of the community of faith were housed in the mother-child home in Dürrlauingen. On Monday the children were separated from their mothers by police action. “Shocked, we had to witness that, to be eyewitnesses of the children being removed at seven clock in the morning from their current home with massive police force,” wrote the Dürrlauinger parents in their letter.”
“Back in September these [seven] children of the Twelve Tribes had to leave their homes in Klosterzimmern in the district of Donau-Ries, but they were allowed to stay with their mothers, because some of the children were still breastfed. “The fact that children must now by this second action traumatized, even to being shipped to another foreign environment, is utterly incomprehensible to us,” it said in the letter.
“Some of the children of the Twelve Tribes were in the past three months in primary school of Dürrlauingen and there have made friends with their classmates.
Our children are terrified,” say the parents who signed the letter—because they can not even say goodbye to their friends.
“In their view, it would have been a better solution if the mothers of the faith community can continue to stay with their children together “in the protected environment of the improvement center” [Durrlauingen] until the court had a final verdict. They hope that the presiding judge would reconsider their decision.
“The members of the faith community is accused that they would beat their children with sticks and rods. The Augsburg prosecutor said they are under investigation for abuse and aggravated assault.”
The Wetgen family was living in the Community in Wörnitz in September, 2013. On January 14, 2014, all the parents of Wörnitz were cleared: no evidence of child abuse or any crimes that could be prosecuted. See the post, “No criminal charges against the parents.”