A few months ago we were treated to the story of Child Youth Family Services returning a baby to a depressed mother. Two days later, the baby drowned in the bathtub having been left unattended by the mother. CYFS apologised for returning the child, saying that they were over-worked and junior staff made a bad call. That explains part of the issue (and that in itself is not really a valid excuse, even if it is understandable). The chilling point in this whole affair is finding information we normally wouldn't be privy to, and this underscores the point I made on the previous post about the smacking laws. The chilling point I refer to is that the Mother had rightfully demanded return of her two children, even though she was unable to cope. Why was that? Because her 5 year old child had been sexually assaulted whilst in the care of CYFS .