Ark. Republican Who Gave Away Adopted Daughters to Rapist: I’m a Victim Here
Yesterday we reported on Arkansas Republican lawmaker Justin Harris, who “re-homed” his young adopted daughters to a sexual predator that worked in his daycare who then raped one of the girls.
Now, Harris says he’s one of the victims in the situation.
Harris and his wife, Marsha, adopted two little girls who were victims of abuse but something went wrong and the family “re-homed” them to Eric and Stacey Francis within a year.
Eric worked at Harris’ religious daycare center, Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool, but was fired for unknown reasons, though Harris left the two girls in his care.
While Stacey Francis was away, Eric Francis raped the older girl, 6, and is now serving a 40-year-sentence.
Harris Deflects Blame, Says He’s The Victim:
Justin and Marsha Harris have released a statement, saying:
Rep. and Mrs. Harris have suffered a severe injustice. Due to threats of possible abandonment charges, they were unable to reach out to DHS for help with children who presented a serious risk of harm to other children in their home. Upon the advice of both a psychiatrist and a pediatrician, they were forced to move the children to the home of trusted friends, who had a lot of experience with children with reactive attachment disorder. Rep. and Mrs. Harris are devastated about the outcome of that decision, but faced with no good option, they did the best that they knew how.
KATV News also caught up with Harris after he avoided media inquiries and the lawmaker told them, “I have a wife and three boys at home, I’ve gotten death threats. The truth will come out.”
After agreeing to an interview with the station, Harris didn’t show up and enlisted the help of a PR firm instead.