Says “it’s not a spanking case”  ST. THOMAS, Ont., June 28, 2002 ( – The judge in the case of seven Aylmer children abducted by overzealous rookie St. Thomas and Elgin Family and Children’s Services social workers took the unusual step of commenting publicly on the case.  Judge Schnall told enquiring reporters that the case is “a truly wonderful opportunity to be involved in something I think is fascinating … very interesting.”  The children have been returned to their family—for now—but the trial is to find whether they are in danger of physical abuse by their parents and should be removed. Judge Eleanor Schnall added: “The real fascinating piece of all this is in terms of the Charter issues and how we can apply them and should apply them or not apply them to these kinds of cases, and really it’s not a spanking case.” But she said little more, adhering to her own publication ban on details of the case.  LifeSite will continue to report on the “fascinating” and “very interesting” developments in this apparently social workers gone amok case.

For the Canadian Press quotations from Judge Schnall see:   For previous LifeSite coverage see:  AYLMER TRIAL REVEALS CHILDREN UNHARMED, AGENCY OVERZEALOUS, June 21, 2002:


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