Some old-order Mennonite children will be back with parents within weeks: lawyer
By: The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – About half of the 40 children seized from an old-order Mennonite community in Manitoba could be back with their parents by the end of the month, a lawyer for some of the families said Friday.
The children were taken by social workers in June after 13 people in the orthodox community were charged with child abuse — including alleged assaults using cattle prods, whips and leather straps.
Five couples, who have a total of 19 children, were in a court hearing Friday that was closed to the media. Afterward, their lawyer Paul Walsh said Child and Family Services has agreed to a timeline that will see all of his clients’ children returned by Nov. 1.