Group of siblings ages 7, 5, 4, and 2 years old came into DFS custody due to allegations of risk of physical injury. The minors reside with the father and his girlfriend, who also has kids of her own from another relationship. The removal came after an incident where the father’s girlfriend ended up in the hospital due to injuries suffered during a verbal argument that escalated to a physical one. At the hospital, the girlfriend called the father of her children, when he showed up at the hospital, the father of these children also showed up, they got into an altercation and this father shot the other father and left. The mother of the children lacks stable housing, income and resources to provide basic needs for her children. At this time, these minors are 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): Calendar Call on 02/21/2023 at 9:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 03/13/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.
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