A newborn boy was born drug-exposed in Orange County, CA in January 2022. Clark County now has jurisdiction after a UCCJEA conference on 2/15/22. The mother was aggressive toward the newborn and refused to bond with the baby in the hospital. Both the mother and putative father also refused drug tests. The mother has unresolved drug abuse issues. The maternal grandmother was at the hospital and appeared to try to bond with the baby, but has made no subsequent attempts to be a placement for the baby. The baby was released to a foster home. There are concerns about the mother’s mental health and ability to care for the baby, substantiated by the fact that she has another child with an report of neglect/abuse in the home. At this time, this new baby is in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 5/31/2022 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.
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