Jack and Kathy Stratton’s ten children–Spencer (17), Isaiah (15), Solomon (11), Tanna (10), Rachel (8), Simon (6), Michelle (5), Maria (4), Stephanie (3), and Leah (1)–were removed from their home by social services due to neglect. The children lacked adequate food and medical care–the Strattons practiced homebirth and never took their children to see a doctor. All the children were homeschooled.
In 2002 the Strattons’ parental rights were terminated due to their failure to fulfill any of the state’s conditions for the return of their children. They continued to wage a legal battle with the state until 2013, even after Jack Stratton’s death in 2011.
Date: January 30, 2001
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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|Court of Appeals of North Carolina, No. COA02-745||08-05-2003|
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|Frequent political candidate Jack Stratton dead at 57||11-09-2011|
|STRATTON v. MECKLENBURG COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES||05-31-2013|