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March 14, 2008 in China, foster care, He Case, Kidjacked

He Family Safely Back Home In China.

Mr. & Mrs. He wish to extend their sincere thanks to all who have prayed and acted on their behalf. Their long arduous ordeal is now over, the family has arrived safely back in China.

Thanks to all the tireless efforts made by “Hunan Vocational College of Science & Technology,” a wonderful elementary school in Changsha has managed to accept Anna Mae, Andy and Avita. The three lovely children are going to enroll as full-time students by the end of this month.

With graciousness and gratitude, we have received comfort from many people who always put Anna Mae in their thoughts. None of their kind wishes has gone in vain:

Anna Mae and her siblings are now happily settled in China; their caring dad has been offered a professorship by a college.

As parents, we believe it’s always in her best interest for Anna Mae to be together with her loving parents and siblings. We equally believe it’s in her best interest for Anna Mae to live in China, so that she may have an opportunity to learn about her Chinese culture and her roots: where she is from.

As always, the He family remains humble and grateful to all who have offered selfless help to this family’s reunification and smooth transition.

Mr. and Mrs. He
Changsha, Hunan

The He Family Fight

Cotton Conspiracy

May 21, 2007 in China, foster care, He Case, Tennessee

For years now the He family has been splintered, forced to live a sort of half-life. Never really living, with one foot held in a suspended animation that couldn’t possibly be real. The other foot going through the motions of life, working, sleeping, eating in a sort of funk that never goes away.

Struggling to create a new identity in a strange land. Mr. and Mrs. He fought to regain the right — from the state of Tennessee, when they lost their child to a Christian couple who tried to take what didn’t belong to them.

Kidjacked has supported the efforts to reunited Anna Mae with her family and I do mean “her” family. This is the family she was meant to have, one that no one can ever take away from you, even if you never speak to your sister.

Today’s news just blew me away. Get this…

“It is exciting to learn China is gradually becoming Tennessee’s biggest buyer in cotton and related business.”

“In 2006, China bought more than $1.8 billion of Tennessee goods, making it the No. 3 customer between Canada and Mexico.”

An E-mail from the He’s brags:

To capitalize on the synergy, Gov. Bredesen announced Tennessee will open an economic development office in Beijing in his October visit as part of trade delegation to China. Since 2001, Chinese Embassy has been monitoring AMH custody case.

The day after the $500 million deal was signed by Chinese buyers in Tenn., Mr. and Mrs. He (Jack and Casey) sent an email of appreciation to The Chinese Embassy in Washington, expressing their best wishes for the success and cooperation between China and Tenn., a great state where justice prevails.

These statements indicate to me that there may have been some serious negotiating between the state of Tennessee and certain Chinese officials. Did the Chinese buy back a child? Did the state of Tennessee hold a child hostage for a deal to sell cotton, providing much needed job for the impoverished textile industry?

If it walks like a duck, smells like a duck, then the theory is – it’s a duck.

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AMH Case: Round 2

February 24, 2007 in China, He Case, Kidjacked, Tennessee

As far as I can tell everyone is lying in this case. The parties in this article both contest the facts in this case. All comments regarding the disputed facts have been deleted, no new posts will be published on this thread.

Is Memphis selling babies to the highest bidder?

The facts of this case as they are presented in this article are in dispute by several family members. I have encouraged both sides of the family to calmly voice their opinions of the case here. Update (9/08/2007): The author of this post and the editors of Kidjacked have been threatened with a lawsuit. Parties in this case are demanding that this article be removed. The names of the parties concerned have been removed.

From beyond the city of Memphis, known—perhaps with a double meaning—as the City of Blues, I wonder what happens behind closed doors that seems to lead repeatedly to old-boy politics and a judicious amount of conspiracy among the people who are supposed to represent the law: its enforcement and its applications.

I watched the drama unfold for many years as a Chinese couple, the Hes, fought to get their biological child back from a Memphis couple who decided they would simply keep the girl, regardless of the birth parents’ wishes. The Hes weren’t abusive, weren’t negligent, weren’t in any way deficient as parents. That’s a legal fact. What they were was ignorant of the ways of Memphis’s dubious legal system. Worse, what they were was Chinese.

That case has finally reached the Tennessee Supreme Court. Maybe—finally, after years of battle—the Hes will receive justice. They’ll be reunited with the daughter who was, in the eyes of most anyone but the family who now has her, stolen from them.

If this were an isolated case, I might consider acquiescing to the loud (white) voices that argue the Hes lied about this, or were negligent about that, or didn’t understand the ramifications of their decisions about this other thing. I’m a loud white voice, too, from the lefty-liberal stomping grounds of Washington State. You know how we blue states are. We thought Iraq was a mistake when more than 50% of you thought it was a good idea.

Memphis’s legal system is also a mistake. If you don’t know it already, let me show you where the weapons of mass destruction really are. And then let me ask you a question that is the fundamental question for everyone in Memphis who assumes the law is on their side.

The Hes weren’t the first. And they aren’t the last. Do you know about DM? She used to live among you, just like the Hes. She used to think Memphis—Germantown, in particular—might be a good place to live. But if your eyes aren’t round, maybe you didn’t get the memo: Memphis doesn’t want you and doesn’t like you and will not be kind to you if you are raped or if your children are stolen. Not if your skin is yellow and you don’t have the cash to manipulate the system.

Beginning in August of 2004, DM discovered that a white man—her husband, as a matter of fact—could use the Memphis system to his advantage, and the local police would extend to him all the respect, deference, and patience normally allotted to the victim of a crime, not the perpetrator.

Editor’s Note: The following accusations are strongly disputed.

  • DM’s husband abducted the couple’s ten-month-old baby. The police, by their own admission uninformed about the laws they’re supposed to enforce, did nothing.
  • DM’s husband raped her. The accusation itself merits an investigation, but when her husband countercharged her with assault (a staged event that her husband plotted out with a divorce attorney he retained even before getting married), DM was the one arrested, based solely on his word. Her time in custody gave her husband ample opportunity to raid their shared residence for valuables and to flee the scene.
  • DM’s husband used the Germantown police as his own personal attack dogs, calling in false reports of theft (items proven to still be in her husband’s possession), child abuse, and a variety of other criminal behaviors that never happened. However, the Germantown police—and his wife (a private investigator, LA), whom her husband hired as well—respond diligently to such reports, provided that the right amount of money is exchanging hands. And it is — there’s a paper trail to prove it.
  • DM’s husband harmed his own child to manipulate divorce proceedings against DM: he doused his son in gasoline and accused his estranged wife of the act. DCS and hospital staff where the boy ended up for 5 days all concluded that her husband was a threat to the children. Yet nothing was done. The police in Memphis don’t arrest their friends, apparently.
  • DM’s husband attacked and attempted to harm both DM and his son with gasoline. Never mind what he feels for his wife—this is the child he allegedly loves and wants to care for.
  • DM’s husband violently raped her again less than five months ago. As of today, he remains free…and with custody of the children.

This is only a fraction of the fiasco that has taken place, again, in the legal machinations of Memphis, Tennessee. The Guardian ad Litem in the case is not only failing to keep the children in a steady relationship with their mother (which is her job, by definition), but she was conveniently requested, by the attorney of DM’s husband.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the false police reports that were treated like scripture… police commonsensical failures to gather evidence that anyone who’s watched a single episode of CSI would know to do… manipulative private investigators and shady police officers working together despite official commands not to… and a host of other questionable tactics that strongly suggest politicking, racism, and good ol’ boy camaraderie between the police and a thug with a history of violence. DM’s husband, it seems, has left quite a trail of violence and restraining orders everywhere he goes.

All divorce proceedings are ugly—even the ones that go smoothly still proceed with heartbreak, disillusionment and hopelessness. Your life ends, in a way. But in this case, the Germantown police have allowed themselves, through close personal and financial relationships with DM’s husband, to become one of the divorcing spouses.

There’s a mountain of paperwork that shows what this triangular divorce has become. Who will look at it? If you can’t give it to the police who are sworn to protect you, whom can you give it to? If you are destined to be a victim because your protectors see you as different—racially, socially, economically, politically—then what are you supposed to do to save yourself and your children?

You ask questions. And you ask this question: What are you going to do about this, Memphis? Who polices the police when they choose sides?

M. Ryan
Seattle, WA

Child Tug of War

February 22, 2007 in Adoption, China, family rights, foster care, He Case, Tennessee

Now comes the Baker’s trying to appeal to the public about their heartache and pain over losing little Anna Mae.

Little Anna Mae He

Little Anna Mae He

In this recently released video Jerry and Louise Baker are shown shamelessly coaxing Anna Mae for the camera. The Bakers are asking for help in their bid to continue their efforts to forever steal an innocent child from her natural parents.

Hasn’t the He Family been through enough? The Bakers had the financial resources to prolong this battle for over six long years. Those are six years that were forever stolen from the Hes and can never be returned. This gripping drama will play out for many years to come as little Anna Mae struggles to cope with the love of two families.

But is it really love that the Bakers have offered? If they really wanted what is best for Anna Mae He, wouldn’t they do their best to make this transition easier? Wouldn’t they have done their best to ensure visitation with her natural parents during this lengthy court battle?

An Emotional Casey He

In an article, which ran on February 20, in USA Today, Casey is depicted as being prone to emotional outburts.

In the early years of the court battles, Casey He was prone to strong emotional outbursts. And Jack was accused of sexually assaulting another student when he was attending the University of Memphis, causing him to lose his scholarship and his job. He was acquitted…

The Bakers are candid about their strategy to show Anna to the public now. “We want people to rise up and say this is not right,” Jerry says. What difference could that possibly make at this point? Perhaps, he says, a court will rehear their case and let them keep the child. Losing her, he says, would be like suffering a death.

I simply can’t believe what I’m reading… They steal another couples child under the guise of being helpful Christians, then they want sympathy from the general public for their plight. I’m sorry but what do they think they have put the He Family through?

I personally think Casey was entitled to being “prone to emotional outbursts.” As a mother, I couldn’t blame her if she went after the Bakers with a Samari sword, sawed-off shotgun or a a doberman pincher. You simply don’t mess with a woman’s child. It’s like teasing a black bear with marshmallows… it’s just not done.

Since the courts were aware that the Jack and Casey He were appealing the lower courts decision, wouldn’t it have been prudent for them to order regular visitations between Anna Mae and Jack and Casey He? Why didn’t the court take care to protect Anna Mae’s interest and heritage?

This case brings to mind many more questions than answers and leaves a thinking person scratching their head wondering what in the world is going on in this country. The State of Tennessee should be prepared for a lawsuit and to pay for the years of counciling this family will need in order to get over the trauma inflicted upon it by the Great State of Tennessee.

I do hope that Jerry and Louise Baker get the counseling they need. They claim to be a good Christian family but where I come from Christians do not behave in this manner. Christians try to lend a hand to others, they follow the Golden Rule and show compassion. Where is the Baker’s compassion for the He family they claimed to be helping through a rough financial situation?

It is my hope and prayer that the Bakers grow up, bow out gracefully and help Anna Mae transition back to a happy healthy life with her parents; not because that’s the easy thing to do but because it’s the right thing to do.

     

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