“We have been accused of child abuse.”
The parents of 11 year-old Desmond Napoles, aka”Desmond is Amazing,” have been investigated for alleged child abuse, his mother complained Saturday in an Instagram post.
According to Wendy Napoles the New York City Administration for Child Services probed the family thoroughly – even making announced and unannounced visits to the family’s home – and no wrongdoing was found.
“We have been accused of child abuse, exploitation & maltreatment to the point that we have been backed into a corner trying to defend ourselves,” she said in the post. “We have been under a microscope since early December. I never thought I would have to breach my own privacy & confidentiality to provide proof that has been demanded of us out of malice.”
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Napoles said that their case had been investigated by a number of city, state, and federal agencies, as well as by nonprofits.
“ACS has investigated us thoroughly. Because of the number of reports they received, our case went all the way to the Governor’s office. We had announced visits & unannounced visits to our home nearly daily & at all hours & Desmond’s school,” she said.
“In addition, we were investigated by the NYPD, the Child Advocacy Center, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Labor, and the District Attorney’s office. No abuse or maltreatment was found. No regulations for child performers were broken. No illegal activity has occurred.”
Napoles posted a series of 10 photos of documents she said were sent by the various groups that seemed to show the family had been cleared.
“Our family was probed more intensely than any other case before,” she said. “All allegations were ‘unfounded’.”
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Napoles went on to argue that in reality, it is her family that has been victimized.
“We deal with hate crimes & death threats perpetuated by ‘concerned citizens’ & have been stalked,” she said. “The NYPD is assisting us. Desmond has extra security measures in place at his school. All of this because we allow Desmond to be himself & do what he loves. We are a loving and supporting family. Anyone who knows us or met us can attest to that.”
Last year, a series of sympathetic media reports about Desmond’s drag performances provoked backlash and accusations that his parents were abusing and exploiting him. At the same time, defenders of Napoles, praised her for supporting her son’s gender-bending proclivities.
However, pressure on the family mounted after a video was released in December that captured Desmond dancing erotically on stage at a New York City gay bar, as men cheered and gave him cash.
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