Mum is the word at CBS over mom’s claims

Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:46pm
By: Ben Nelms

Perhaps her claims are legitimate, but Janis Miles is not talking unless CBS gives her the okay. The Fayetteville mother reportedly told authorities her 12-year-old daughter was injured during the filming of the upcoming “Kid Nation” children’s reality show on CBS, an experience she claims borders on abuse and neglect.

Filmed near Santa Fe, New Mexico, over a 40-day period during April and May, the reality show is being advertised as “kids on their own, without adults present.”

Miles was quoted as saying her daughter Divad was sprayed on her face with grease while cooking potatoes on a wood stove and suffered a rash that caused scarring. Miles was also cited as claiming that four other children required medical attention after accidentally drinking bleach.

Miles was reported as saying there was no adult supervision present at the time of the incidents and that the injuries bordered on abuse and neglect.

A message returned by Miles Monday said she was unable to comment on the issue. All interviews have to be approved by CBS, she said.

A call by The Citizen to the CBS corporate office in New York about Miles’ ability to speak on the issue was not returned. CBS issued an earlier statement claiming the Miles’ claims are “distorting the true picture of the Kid Nation experience.”

New Mexico attorney general’s office said parents signed a 22-page agreement waiving their right to sue if their children were injured or killed during production.

Numerous news sources have quoted CBS as confirming the incidents of grease-splattering and ingesting bleach. Kid Nation executive producer Tom Forman confirmed the incidents, adding that those types of accidents can happen in any home or school. The children in each of the incidents received immediate medical attention, he said.

“Kid Nation” was filmed at a New Mexico ghost town. The reality show was shot with 40 children ages 8-15 with the idea of building their own society without the presence of adults. “Kid Nation” is scheduled to premier in September.

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Submitted by playfair on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 7:52am.

goes to Janis Miles for signing 22-page agreement waiving the right to sue if her daughter is injured or killed while making this stupid show. Shouldn't that have raised some red flags? Was she concerned that her 12 year old daughter was "building their own society without the presence of adults", with 15 year old boys? It is amazing what people will do for money and their 15 minutes of fame. CBS wouldn't be able to produce such garbage if it wasn't for greedy stage-parents handing over their kids.

Submitted by JJsMom on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 10:07pm.

I wonder how much money the parents of 8 year olds get to put them in this situation with 15 year old teens? It does sound like child abuse with their parents knowledge.

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