Wal-Mart Slapped With a Lawsuit, Over Bath-Time Photos

September 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
When a Wal-Mart worker in Arizona developed some bath-time photos of children, it led to a sex abuse investigation. Now the wrongly accused couple is going after the retail giant. The Wal-Mart employee raised a red flag after seeing the partially nude girls among other vacation photos. The employee called police, who decided some of the photos could be child pornography and child protective services removed the children from their home.

But a medical examiner found no signs of abuse, and the judge soon ruled the photos were harmless.

"The authorities need to prove intent on the part of the parent some sort of sexual intent and once a judge reviewed the situation I think everybody agreed that there was no such sexual intent," said ABC Legal Analyst Dana Cole.

After a month, the kids were returned, but the damage was done. The children's mother was suspended from her job at a school for a year and the couple was put on a list of sex offenders.

They're both seeking undetermined monetary damages from both Wal-Mart and the State of Arizona.

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