Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are allegedly under investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children And Family Services over the controversial snapshot taken of their daughter Willow, 13 and actor, Moises Arias, 20 lying on top of a bed.
“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department,” a source tells RadarOnline.com. “Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand.”
The insider added, “Social workers will also be talking separately with Willow, and they also want to talk to the young man in the picture with her as well. This won’t just be one or two visits with the family, and it will likely be an open investigation for at least a month, out of an abundance of caution.”
HipHollywood spoke with the Los Angeles Department of Children And Family Services who told us they are legally prohibited to disclose any information. But .. They were able to explain their general protocol in each case.
“When our Child Protection Hotline receives a call from anyone alleging suspected child abuse or neglect and they provide specific information that supports that allegation, we take appropriate action,” DCFS’s Neil Zanville tells us. “Anybody can make a call … And if they wish so, remain anonymous. Teachers, doctors, therapists and nurses are mandated reporters and are required by law to report suspected child abuse.”
He continued, “Those reporting abuse to our Child Protection Hotline my be asked additional questions to determine the exact nature of the abuse and ascertain if the child is at immediate risk of harm and danger. After evaluating the situation, a social worker will investigate and interview all pertinent parties if warranted.”
Earlier this month, Jada defended her daughter’s photo, telling photographers at LAX: “Here’s the deal, there was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation,” she told paparazzi. “You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you’re acting like covert pedophiles. And that’s not cool.”
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