This story out of Arkansas is as convoluted as it is heartbreaking.
Three sisters were removed from their family home due to alleged sexual abuse. They were adopted by a state legislator and his wife, who run a day care called Growing God's Kingdom Preschool. Things do not go well in the new home.
The adoptive parents reportedly came to think the two younger girls were possessed, a claim the parents now deny. An exorcism was allegedly performed. Ultimately the lawmaker and his wife could not handle the girls any longer and wanted to give them back up for adoption. They placed the girls with a former employee of their day care. He allegedly raped the middle sister.
The case became public in part last April, but the extent of the involvement of Arkansas Rep. Justin Harris (R) did not come to light until last week. A pair of deeply reported stories in the Arkansas Times, the alt weekly in Little Rock, exposed the troubling allegations and forced Harris to call a press conference to respond.
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