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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's Called a Raspberry 

My jaw dropped when I read this story:

Charbel Hamaty was charged with sexually assaulting his newborn son, and Teresa Hamaty was arrested for taking sexually explicit pictures.

The couple describe the ordeal as a "nightmare" that started over a roll of film that Charbel Hamaty dropped off at a north Raleigh Eckerd drugstore.

The photo that raised alarms shows a naked Kristoff, now 16 months old, getting a kiss from his father on the belly button, Teresa Hamaty said.

When the photos were shown to the police, the couple was arrested, and Kristoff was put in protective custody, while his half-sister, Victoria, was handed over to her birth father.

Teresa Hamaty was released on bond, but wasn't allowed contact with her children for months.

Charbel Hamaty spent six months in prison before the charges were dropped because of a report submitted by an expert saying there was no criminal intent in the photos.

Let's be clear here. The father spend 6 months in prison for giving his baby a raspberry. What parent hasn't blown on a baby's belly and made them laugh? And why wouldn't a mother want to photograph such a fun and innocent thing? I fear for the citizens of North Carolina where this took place. The police and child protective services there are obviously out of control. And why on Earth did it take 6 months to figure all this out?

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