HOT SPRINGS, AR - A "miracle" mineral treatment alleged to be a remedy for cancer and aids is at the center of an law enforcement search warrant. The investigation ended in the removal of seven children from their home in Garland County.
The family has cried foul, saying only the father has taken it and it's mostly used for purifying water for their garden.
The substance in question is referred to as "MMS" or Miracle Mineral Solution. The FDA has weighed in on the substance citing serious health concerns reporting that it can turn into a potent bleach and cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if taken.
The Stanley family however say it wasn't grounds for the way they were treated during a search Monday (1/12) night that ended with their seven children taken away.
"Policemen here, policemen here," Hal Stanley pointed, standing on his front porch. "Over here, on the side roads full of policemen."
Stanley opened his door Monday afternoon to find a warrant waiting for him and his home surrounded by State and Garland County agents.
"It said we're here to search your house," Stanley explained.
Hal and his wife Michelle were kept outside for hours while officers searched the home with their seven children inside.
Hal said, "If they had asked me if I had MMS, I'd say yes and give it to them."
Hal insists that only he takes the supplement and he uses MMS as a water purifier for his garden.
The garden is part of the Stanley's way of life.
They avoid most contact with the government. The parents have home schooled their nine children, two of which have graduated and gone on to college.
The Stanley's keep to themselves, are generally self-sustained and consider themselves "preppers".
Hal added, "There's never been any beer, liquor."
They say they've never had a run-in with the law before.
"Unless they stopped to buy vegetables, no," Hal claimed. "I've never had a speeding ticket."
The Stanley's say since the night they had their children taken, friends and relatives have called and shown support.
Neighbors like Norman Bonde saw the activity Monday and couldn't fathom why so many law enforcement vehicles surrounded the property.
"We've seen the family grow up," Bonde shared. "You know you the sound of children playing and laughing. You see them jumping on the trampoline."
The search did find containers labeled MMS but Hal insists the children haven't had any. He says he only uses it for the alleged health benefits and his garden.
During the search the Stanley's say each child was taken to the ambulance on scene for a medical examination.
Hal explained, "They were saying the children looked healthy and everything looked good."
According to Michelle one of the agents spoke to her about the living conditions of the house.
"Oh this is nice and your kids are great," she shared. "That's what was giving us hope that this thing's just going to be over in a few minutes."
At about 9:30 that night however, things changed.
"Suddenly the door opened ... and there were six or eight of them, came in the door, marched in there," Hal showed. "Fully armed Sheriff's and people stood there and said we're taking the children for 72 hours."
DHS won't comment on, confirm or deny any particular investigation but did confirm that if children are taken, the agency has 72 hours to have an emergency order signed by a judge. The courts then have an additional five days to hold a probable cause hearing where the fate of the children will be decided.
As the children were removed from the home Hal and his wife Michelle say they emotionally asked who made the decision.
Hal said, "And finally a young man from the Sheriff's department raised his hand, 'I did it and I'm proud of the decision'."
Michelle worries about her children, "They've never been away from us in any kind of setting like that."
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