When Heather Whitten’s son Fox was sick, her husband Thomas brought his son into the shower to help give the little guy some relief. It was a moment captured by Whitten, who also happens to be a professional photographer.
I snapped a couple of pictures, she said. It was just beautiful. It was not surprising or anything out of the ordinary; its how he has always been with the kids.
What she likes about the photo is that it shows that it is okay to get naked with your son and nurture him the important thing is really taking care of your kiddos.
(Side note: Fox recovered nicely from the illness and is okay now.)
She shared the photo on Facebook where she talked about the photo being misunderstood as sexual in a class she taught.
The post has been shared more than 32,000 times and 140,000 people reacted to it…before Facebook banned it twice.
While many loved the raw image portraying real parenthood and were upset when the photo was removed,not everyone agreed, and asingle individual sent in a complaint to the local authorities.
The Whittens, who have four children Lillian, seven, Leena, four, and two-year-old twins Fox and Persephone were then investigated by Arizonas Department of Child Safety and the Sahuarita Police Department for a number of claims that the person made in their letter.
While the police stated they werent going to take action and the case would be closed, the investigator from DCS spent the next few months trying to make Whitten seem as an immodest, neglectful and abusive mother based on the single interview she had with me.
Whitten explained the whole situation on her GoFundMe pageto help raise money towards her civil case.
She said the DCS based most of her opinions on Whitten because she breastfed one of her twins throughout the whole interview, without covering herself or her child.
The claim against the Whittens could be substantiated against Heather alonein that she neglected to supervise our children by allowing their images to be online and so put them at an unreasonable risk of harm.
If this claim is substantiated, Whitten will be added to Arizonas Central Registry for twenty-five years, and will no longer be able to foster or adopt children.
I will not be able to hold a position working with children or vulnerable adults,” she said. “Not just in Arizona but, throughout the country.
An administrative hearing is being held on February 3, all because as a photographer, she shared intimate images of her family online.
It’s certainly a loaded issue, so where do you come out on this? Was it artistic or neglectful?