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Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
Nicholson v. Scoppetta
Citation:820 N.E.2d 840 (N.Y. 2004)
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This case is part of a class action lawsuit against New York City Administration for Children’s Services. Sharline Nicholson is the named plaintiff.
Sharline was separated from her child’s father, but he came to visit from time to time. During one visit, he beat Sharline very badly. She called the police and her children were left with a babysitter. While Sharline was at the hospital, the police and New York City Administration for Children’s Services took custody of her children and Sharline was told she needed to go to court if she wanted to see her children. Sharline found out she was charged with child neglect for engaging in domestic violence.
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