9 year old boy came into DFS custody due to abandonment. The father disclosed the mother suffers from mental health conditions that she is treating but not in a position to care for minor. DFS has been unable to ascertain whether mother poses any risk to the safety and welfare of the child due to limited contact. The father is pending a jury trial for physically abusing minor on November 2020. Father grabbed minor in a choke hold, dropped him on the ground and then punched him in the head multiple times for being around children whom father did not approve. If convicted, minor cannot be released to father unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that no physical or psychological harm to the child will result from the release. At this time, minor is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 10.
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