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Are Bathtime Pictures Child Porn?

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The parents in the Walmart child porn case speak out.

Lisa and A.J. Demaree's children during bath time caused the family to be investigated

On Friday, we told you about A.J. and Lisa Demaree, the couple who took their kids' bathtime photos to Walmart to be developed and then were investigated for child porn. This morning, they spoke to "Good Morning America" about their ordeal.

"I don't understand it at all," A.J. Demaree told "Good Morning America." "Ninety-nine percent of the families in America have these exact same photos."

As we reported previously, the Demarees' kids were taken from them for more than a month. Their names were placed on a sex offender registry, and Lisa Demaree was suspended from her school job for an entire year. The couple has spent $75,000 on legal bills.

"It was unbelievable. I was in so much disbelief. I started to hyperventilate. I tried to breathe it out," Lisa Demaree told "GMA" this weekend, struggling through tears. "Some of the photos are bath time photos, but there are a few after the bath. Three of the girls are naked, laying on a towel, with their arms around each other, and we thought it was so cute."

After the ordeal, this mom looks at everything differently. "It took us a long time to take a picture [again]," she said. "I even worry about them in their bathing suits now, if I get a shot of them in their bathing suits and they're tilting their heads a certain way or their hips are sticking out a little bit, all I think of is, 'Does someone think that it was posed? Or how is that going to be perceived?'"

Lisa is beyond distraught. "Honestly we've missed a year of our children's lives as far as our memories go," she continued. "As crazy as it may seem, what you may think are the most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted."

What do you think about this case? Comment below.

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Shelly September 21, 2009, 1:42 PM

I really feel bad for the parents. I don’t think that they were creating porn, nor do I think that the police should have dragged this out. However, the photo they described, with their three daughters lying naked on a towel with their arms around each other sounds completely inappropriate. Now I see why the Walmart employee was concerned. I think that the image, though the intent was innocent, sounds suspect. I wouldn’t want my children photographed in a similar pose by an uncle, teacher, or neighbor. I don’t see how it being taken by a parent would be okay either.

Wendi September 21, 2009, 2:10 PM

My heart goes out to those parents and their children. It is horrible what they have all been through and the people that reported it should be ashamed. We all take pictures of our kids that way, I cant even count how many I have of my kids. I would be livid and sue the pants off of everyone involved and the just spend time with my kids.

Anonymous September 21, 2009, 2:13 PM

Absolutely ridiculous! They are innocent photos and the authorities should be ashamed of themselves for taking those kids away. I hope they sue Walmart and local authorities. They deserve to reimbersed for all their legal fees and lost wages.

Lisa September 21, 2009, 2:20 PM

I sure hope they win their lawsuit. I doubt that child pornographers take their photos to Walmart to be developed!!!

Blackbear September 21, 2009, 2:43 PM

I think that walmart along with the local police department and child services needs to be put through a moron test before hiring. The kids and parents will suffer the rest of their lives for all of the stupidity.

matt September 21, 2009, 2:52 PM

Walmart shouldn’t be blamed in any countercase. I believe under law they are suppose to notify police for any suspicious activity. Given that a film developer is quickly inspecting the photos unknown to whom took them,did a valid thing notifying police. Think if they had not notified police and someone other than parents had taken them, than the chant would be sue them for not caring.

JOF September 21, 2009, 3:09 PM

how can Shelly say that photo with the 2 sisters taken by the parents is inappropriate!? Have Americans become that puritanical that 2 young sisters cannot be playing with each other, even if they are naked!?

Not every family treats the body as if it is a dirty thing that must be hidden at all times.

My parents have a great picture of me and my young brother playing outside with a sprinkler - buck naked. He is behind me with his arms around me.

It’s still one of my most cherished childhood picture, I can still remember that warm summer afternoon.

Anonymous September 21, 2009, 4:35 PM

sad but true, in this day and age you just have to be really careful

lori September 21, 2009, 4:36 PM

i think all parents took pictures like this of r kids, i know i did, but that was 30 yrs ago. if u keep the pictures in the family photo album where only ur family will see them , i see no problem

Jen September 21, 2009, 5:39 PM

I think all parents have bath time pictures and its no harm in that, But This day in time you never know they are some sick people out her and i guess this was on of those things that put red flags up but It shouldn’t have gone on this long and I hope these parents sue and win for all the time and money lost.

susan September 21, 2009, 5:42 PM

It seems to me that if the picture posted in this article is the picture in question, there is nothing inappropriate about it. The girls are sitting together, with a towel, and the towel is even covering them up! It’s ridiculous that this happened.

Quel  September 21, 2009, 5:47 PM

I agree with Matt.

Karen September 21, 2009, 6:51 PM

I think this is so sad. I have pictures like this. I love them. I understand the need to keep our children safe. I want my kids to be safe. But we need to keep it within reason. Come on people, be reasonable.

Lynn September 21, 2009, 6:51 PM

I have similar photos of my 4 beautiful children when they were little as my parents did of me and my sister! So what now? We are labled sex offenders? If I decide to breastfeed my child in public is that considered pornographic or lewd? Give me a break please. What this couple and their children went through is absolutely WRONG! Obviously the photo lab employee at Wal-Mart clearly overeacted. Don’t get me wrong now… I am totally against child pornography and child molesters and I wish they will all rot in hell and the laws that they have are not severe enough but there is a difference between tasteful, cute pictures and pornographic pictures. The couples reputation is now ruined and the children traumatized… They should be awarded compensation for this mess and personally I think they should sue!

rosie September 21, 2009, 8:11 PM

i have pics of my kids like that also, i i do think taht walmart should pay them back every penny. man u cant even take pic to be developed w/out someone calling the cops on u. did this person see that they were just bathtime shots?
man some people are such morons

i think September 21, 2009, 8:18 PM

i think that they need to focus their efforts on REAL pedophiles, child molesters and child abusers and quit putting innocent people through this sort of thing.

Anonymous September 21, 2009, 8:25 PM

Who gets pictures developed nowadays. I think that’s the root of this entire problem. Someone needs to get these people a digital camera.

Anonymous September 21, 2009, 9:31 PM

Like someone posted above: what pervert would go to Walmart to have their photos developed?! But stupid things happen to good people all the time, no big surprise there. It all depends on the good sense, and sound judgement of the authorities. If they fail in that, the damage they can wreak is horrific. That poor family has been scarred for life.

Anonymous September 22, 2009, 3:31 AM

I feel for this family but I can tell you that I worked at a film processing plant over 20 years ago and even back then we had a policy that if we saw pictures of a nude child, we had to turn it over to our superviser. I don’t know what happened after that but it was up to us “worker” to turn them in. I don’t blame Walmart but I do blame the police and the cps that took it that far. They should have been able to do thier investagation much faster and not put this family through such a hard process.

Chris September 22, 2009, 8:36 AM

Would you want someone to take pictures of you naked on a towel then get them developed at Wal-Mart? Probably not, so why do this to our children, who are also humans? Oh, right. Because it’s “cute”. Stop treating your kids like accessories.

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