Working Dad With Five Kids and Gravely Ill Wife Jailed for… Nothing
August 20, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Does our system of criminal justice, family courts, police, prosecutors and child welfare agencies separate fathers from their children? Why yes, I believe it does (ABC13, 8/17/17).
A Raleigh, North Carolina father, Victor Alonzo King has five kids, ages 1 to 8. He works for Chipotle earning minimum wage. Disastrously, his wife was just diagnosed with Stage Four cancer. King is struggling. So this past Tuesday, he left his children with a neighbor as he’d done in the past, and headed off to work to earn the family’s only income.
King is now in the Raleigh jail on $25,000 bail that, in his situation, he can’t possibly raise. What offense did he commit to find himself in jail and unable to get out? None whatsoever. That’s right, none at all.