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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
In re Juvenile Appeal
Citation:455 A.2d 1313
The plaintiff and her six children lived in a small apartment in New Haven. They had been receiving services from the department of children and youth services (DCYS) as a protective service family. A DCYS caseworker was assigned to the defendant’s case and in the next nine months, she visited the defendant’s home 27 times. She said the situation was “marginal” but not abusive and the children were happy and active. During the night, the defendant’s youngest child was died from unexplained causes. As a result, DCYS seized custody of the five remaining children under authority of a statute permitting summary seizure in certain cases necessary to insure the child’s safety. Two days later, DCYS filed petitions of neglect for each of the children seeking temporary custody under § 46b-129(b)(2). due to the unexplained death and defendant’s allegedly dirty home. The court granted temporary custody to the commissioner pending a noticed hearing. At the hearing, the court granted temporary custody of children to remain with DCYS.
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