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Manitoba officials seize newborn from mom in hospital; video prompts outrage

Manitoba officials seize newborn from mom in hospital; video prompts outrage

WINNIPEG -- Two social media videos show a newborn baby girl being taken from the arms of her Indigenous mother by Manitoba social workers and police -- an apprehension that First Nations leaders say is all too common in a child-welfare system biased against Aboriginals.

The videos, broadcast live Thursday on Facebook by the woman's uncle, show her sitting in a hospital bed, cradling her baby and rocking back and forth as social workers and police explain that the baby is being taken into care.

Statistics from the Manitoba government show newborn apprehensions occur, on average, about once a day in the province.

The videos show family members telling social workers the accusation was not true.

The General Child and Family Services Authority, which oversees the social workers involved, would not reveal details of the case Friday, but stood by its decision.

Source: www.ctvnews.ca
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