Neglect your kid now, sue for $5 M later

Reader D.B. of Cincinnati writes, regarding “not about the money” lawsuits (Sept. 1, Sept. 7, etc.):

You may be interested in the tragic story from Cincinnati. Three year old Marcus Fiesel was taken from his mother. She had three children by three fathers and they lived in a flea infested place which was smeared with feces and lacked food. She told police that the children were “their problem” now. The children were put into foster care. Marcus was placed in a home where he should not have been, as the foster father had a police record that was not discovered. His foster mother pretended to faint at a local park, and when she awoke she said Marcus was missing. There was a huge community search, but Marcus was never found. Later police discovered that the foster parents had wrapped him in a blanket and left him in a hot closet for 2 days while they attended a family reunipn.Then the foster father burned his body. The birth mother is suing everyone she can for $5 million and saying it is “not about the money.” There is outrage in Cincinnati first over the circumstances of his death and now over this outrageous lawsuit. The Cincinnati press has covered the story for the last 2 weeks with almost daily updates. Here is a report on the lawsuit and a Cincinnati Enquirer editorial.

Update: Sept. 26.


  • The goggles! They do nothing!!!

  • The Inquirer editorial says “Birth Mother Has Right to Sue.”

    That’s the problem.

  • The Inquirer editorial says “Birth Mother Has Right to Sue.”

    That’s the problem

    Is it?

    If the government is going to be in the business of second guessing people’s parenting, and taking children away from parents it finds unworthy, shouldn’t it be liable for doing a better job than said parents? Shouldn’t government, in ANY situation where it interferes with our autonomy, and acts as Big Brother, be liable for the better outcomes promised as part of compromising liberty? Such liability would create a strong incentive for government to practice libertarian restraint in intefering with people’s lives. Corporations shy away from markets and industries frought with liability, and we certainly could use such an approach from government when it comes to meddling in the lives of its citizens.

  • dweeb has a point, but only up to a point. How do you go about punishing the government. A monetary fine is just more taxes on us. Make a person lose their job? Criminal charges? Again they will be defended by a tax paid attorney.

    What is a good way to punish a government worker that will simply punish all of us?