A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to physical abuse and neglect. Mom has a history with DFS. In April, 2017 during a Probable Cause Hearing, the active protection order, granting mom primary custody, was discussed. Mom was not at hearing but Dad was. Child was found to be in dad’s custody for the past 6 months. The court ordered child to be taken into protective custody. However, dad refused and took the child. Both a warrant and a missing person’s report were filed. 2 months later, police found child at mom’s home. Mom was uncooperative with police and placed on a Legal 2000. The child had bruises on her buttocks and inner thighs because mom disciplined her. She is currently placed in foster care. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.
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