Couple Sues Walmart Over Daughters' Bath Photos
They briefly lost custody after employees called police
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by GeorgeL
Posted Mar 9, 2013 10:34 AM CST
File photo of a Walmart store.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

(Newser) – An Arizona couple dropped off a memory stick of photos at Walmart to have them developed and lost custody of their three daughters for more than a month as a result. The reason? Some of the photos of the girls—ages 5, 4, and 1 at the time—were taken at bathtime, reports ABC News. "There are a few after the bath," says mom Lisa Demaree. "Three of the girls are ... lying on a towel with their arms around each other, and we thought it was so cute." Walmart employees, however, worried the children were being sexually exploited and called police.

Child services took the children, and it wasn't until a superior court judge looked at the photos and deemed them harmless that the family was reunited. The Demarees have sued Walmart, saying the company should tell customers it has an "unsuitable print policy" and that it might call the cops, reports Courthouse News Service. A federal judge sided with the chain, ruling that employees can't be held liable for reporting what they believe to be abuse, and the case is now in the hands of an appeals court.

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Apr 16, 2013 12:36 PM CDT
I created an account just for this. I hate walmart. They are run by discriminating and incompetent employees. I hope this family gets a nice dime for their discomfort. My husband has tourette syndrome and they kicked him out of the store for his "odd behavior" what makes it worse is that they called the cops and made him sign a document as one of the police officers had his hand on his gun. We have boycotted walmart since three years ago. Feel so alone and discrminated against because no one ever told us there was a problem. Course we haven't went there because they made him sign a no trespass in any of there US stores. Good thing we don't care to shop there because they have all chinese products. I hope they go fold soon.
Apr 15, 2013 6:18 PM CDT
Americans are the most conservative people on earth surface after Arabs. US society is paranoia driven and extremist, yet everybody thinks that they are more progressive than the rest of the world.
Mar 10, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
Even though some idiots here are trying to stop you from seeing the obvious we are trully forced to live in a Twilight Zone .If you have any doubts that Child Protecdtive Organization is by an large a criminal outfit destroying American families visit or call me 707 2794843 .CPS is the worse single danger present in our children lives today, right up there with governmental drones looking into your kitchen window. Since 1974 the feminists and lesbians along with various mamas boys Nazi types have beeen grossly misusing their powers negatively effecting hundreds of thousands of normal Americans.. For several years these subhumans had a total immunity for their actions ,meaning they could and did lie to the court ,falsify evidence, violantly manipulated children to testify against the parents , lost children in foster care and sadly much ,much more. They get Federal bonuses for adopting out peoples children (over certain # per month) so they look for more material - fuel to justify their jobs incessantly . My twin daughters were taken and held for a year for similar "offense" except in our case the PHOTOGRAPHS OF WHICH THEY CLAIMED THAT WERE TAKEN AGAINST MY KIDS WILL, NEVER EXISTED ,THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY SUCH PHOTOS,NONE WERE PRESENTED TO THE COURT , NO WITNESSES WERE TESTIFIING , THE CPS "COMPLAINT" LISTING THE CHARGES WAS GIVEN TO ME 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE DETENTION HEARING , THE SAME COMPLAINT WAS BASED ON AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CHILDREN WHICH NEVER TOOK PLACE - AND ON THIS "EVIDENCE" THE GREAT AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM DECLARED MY KIDS DEPENDANTS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND HANDED THEM , GIVEN THEM AS CHATTEL TO CPS AND ASSOCIATED ZOMBIES TO FEED ON LIKE A VAMPIRES. THEY WERE NEVER TOLD WHY THEY WERE TAKEN,NEVER SHOWN THE ALLEGATIONS EVEN WHEN THEY WERE ASKING TO ,,NEVER TOLD WHEN THEY WILL BE GOING HOME.. THEY WERE NEVER ALLOWED TO CONTACT ME FOR OVER A YEAR OR I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO CONTACT THEM . This happened in .April 2006 - May 2007 ,in Stocton .California. This entry of mine is currently under a review by the local censor - one can only wonder why.