Seven homeschool children have been ripped from their family by police in Garland County Arkansas because a mineral supplement that was not approved by the federal government was found in their home.
The product, called Miracle Mineral Solution, can be purchased online and is used to purify water. The family said the water was used for gardening purposes.
The product has been used in Africa by the Red Cross to treat malaria but after an anonymous caller contacted police, deputies served Pastor Hal Stanley and wife Michelle with a search warrant and raided their home. After the supplement was found, all seven of the Stanley children were kidnapped and taken into custody.
“The DHS has come and stolen our kids from us under the guise of ‘protecting our children,'” Michelle Stanley said.
Michelle says the dispute started a month earlier when an anonymous caller complained about the family allowing the children to be barefoot.
“When an investigator arrived, we showed her some of the ’200 and something’ pair of shoes and told her how it was their preference to go barefoot and that it was like a tradition to briefly run out in the snow barefoot and take a picture of the footprints,” Michelle Stanley said. “Then weeks later, several people showed up at our door, all obviously here for the investigation and we welcomed them in.”
“However they desired us to step outside in order to speak privately with Hal and I and not in front of the kids. I tried to tell them it was much warmer inside and that it was nothing for the kids to go to the back of the house for us to have privacy talking. They refused and insisted on us stepping outside.”
“After stepping outside they issued us a search warrant and said we could not enter our house or talk to our kids until the search and the investigation was through… They said the charge was that we had a poisonous substance in our house and that the kids were being exposed to it and it endangered their welfare. Never has it been used in any way to ‘poison’ our kids or even expose them in such a way as to endanger their lives.”
Officers, along with at least one Homeland Security agent initially took the kids into custody for 72 hours but that period was quickly extended to a week. The parents were reportedly allowed to see the children Saturday.
“This family is a Christian family, who homeschools their children. They live a peaceful, [quiet] life and are wonderful parents. I have know[n] them for over 20 years, my children have grown up with theirs. Hal is my former pastor. If this can happen to this family [it] can happen to mine, it can happen to yours,” the facebook pages organizer said.
The Garland County sheriff’s office declined to respond to PSD requests for comment, and messages left with the state police and state health and human services department were not returned either.
Miracle Mineral Solution is available and can be purchased on Amazon or eBay. Studies have investigated its beneficial effects in cases of Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, but the government contends it can be turned into a bleach that would be poisonous if ingested.
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