New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking the attorney general to probe the state’s visit to the home of a man who uploaded a photo on Facebook of his 10-year-old son holding a military-style rifle.
The state child welfare agency and local police went to the Carneys Point home of Shawn Moore on March 14 following what police say were anonymous calls expressing concern about the safety of a child.
Moore has said he believes he was investigated because of the photo he posted online of his son holding the gun he got for his 11th birthday. The weapon was a .22-caliber rifle made to look like an assault rifle.
Moore said that state child welfare workers and police in SWAT gear showed up at his home, the caseworkers were aggressive and the visit was uncalled for.
No charges were filed against Moore.
Christie says reports on the inquiry raise “troubling questions.”
In a letter Friday, the governor asked Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to determine “whether all applicable laws were appropriately followed, and to take any remedial, investigative or other actions that may be required.”
“The public reports of this matter raise troubling questions concerning the facts and circumstances surrounding the investigation, the manner in which the investigation was conducted, and the procedures followed by law enforcement and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency,” the governor wrote. The Christie administration provided a copy of the letter Wednesday.
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