MARYSVILLE – Marysville police are investigating an allegation that someone unsuccessfully tried to remove a child from a residence while posing as a CPS social worker.
The complainant provided written and recorded statements. MPD reports that it has noted several inconsistencies in those statements and has been unable to verify other information. However, MPD sent out some general safety information.
“Before allowing any unknown individual into your home, it’s always a good idea to check for photo identification,” its news release says. “If in doubt call the office of who they are saying they represent and ask for confirmation. “If you’re still not satisfied call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number (in Snohomish County 425-407-3999) and ask for an officer to come out to check credentials.”
MPD contacted Child Protective Services, who said their protocol was not followed in this case.
“In situations where a child must be removed from their home, DCYF staff are accompanied by law enforcement,” CPS told MPD. “DCYF staff always carry agency identification and cannot remove a child from their home without a court order signed by a judge or by law enforcement taking a child into custody.”