Case Number: 2020-003566

In Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Girls siblings ages 11, 9, and 2 years old into DFS care in April 2020 due to father posing a risk of sexual and/or emotional harm to the subject minors in that he sexually abused and/or exhibited inappropriate sexual boundaries with 16 year old minor. Father’s  use of alcohol himself and/or provision of alcohol to minor negatively impacted her wellbeing as well as his parental functioning.  Mother lacks the capacity to protect the subject minors from the risk of sexual and/or emotional harm posed by father. Upon disclosure, mother permitted minor to reside with maternal grandparents “for her own protection,” but did not otherwise report the abuse or seek services for her daughter. Prior to the involvement of DFS, she had continued to permit father to have ongoing contact and access to the other subject minors in the household despite the risk of harm that she was aware of.  16 year old minor is being represented by CAP attorney and her wishes are different than the younger 3 siblings. Next hearing is a Further Proceedings Hearing on 8/12/2020 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

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