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Norway: authorities remove child from parents over lost tooth

Norway: authorities remove child from parents over lost tooth

Parents accused of child abuse after their son shares his missing tooth story with classmates.

When they contact police for help are told that the missing tooth story was evidence of abuse and grounds for removing the boy from their custody.

The director of Russian Mothers, an NGO which strives to curb foreign adoption of Russian children, explained that situations like this are not unusual in Norway. Everyone who happens to be on Norwegian territory are resident and all the children are property of Norway.

RT reports:- ‘Norwegian authorities have snatched away a Russian couple’s young son after he shared the story of a missing baby tooth with his classmates. The parents are accused of child abuse.

The boy’s grandfather, Gennady Sharkikov, recounted the disturbing incident to LifeNews. On October 8, five-year-old Oscar Shianok did not come home. Norwegian Child Welfare Services (CWS) picked the child up from school and placed him into protective custody.

According to Oskar’s parents, Natalya and Sergey Shianok, a few days before his removal, Oscar had told his classmates that his mother accidently yanked out one of his baby teeth. Natalya explains that she was helping him pull a T-shirt over his head and accidently knocked out an already-loose tooth.

The CWS report claims his mother was abusive and deliberately knocked the tooth out.

Natalya and Sergey came to Norway from Russia looking for work and a better life for themselves and their two children. The parents quickly found employment and settled into a quiet life in Troms, a medium sized city in the north.

Natalya says that the family reached out to the Norwegian police for help, but were told that the missing tooth story was evidence of abuse and grounds for removing the boy from their custody. Police then began to ask leading questions about their younger daughter, Aleksandra.

The family left Norway in distress and returned to Murmansk, Russia.

According to riafan.ru, Russian authorities promised to take action after the family reached out to them for help. Oskar’s grandfather contacted the Russia’s Children’s Rights Commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, who is now working alongside the Russian embassy in Norway to reunite the boy with his parents.

“For the moment Oskar remains in the care of a Norwegian foster family, and his mother has no idea where,” says Igor Lapitsky, head of the Russian consulate in Norway, reports RadioVesti.ru.

Irina Bergset, the director of Russian Mothers, an NGO which strives to curb foreign adoption of Russian children, explained that such situations are not unusual in Norway.

“In accordance with local laws, it’s as if Russian citizenship is null and void. They’ve declared everyone who happens to be on Norwegian territory a resident, and all the children to be property of Norway,” she explained.

Norway’s Child  Welfare Service has come under much scrutiny in the past for excessive behaviour in their handling of child cruelty and have attracted media attention and criticism for their overzealous invasion of noncitizens’ family lives.

In a high-profile case in 2012, an Indian couple had their children taken away by Norwegian social workers because they fed them with their hands. The Mail Online  reported: Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of their three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter eight months ago after authorities branded their behaviour inappropriate.