Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Anticipatory Neglect in IL

An Illinois appellate court recently upheld the application of “anticipatory neglect” in regard to the Respondent mother.  Accordingly, because Respondent’s previous 7 children were determined to be neglected between 1997 and 2006, with her parental rights being terminated in regards to 6 of them, the trial court’s findings of neglect and unfitness in regard to a current infant were not against the manifest weight of the evidence.  The case is In re J.C., Jr., No. 3-08-0934 (Ill. App. Ct., 3d Dist. Dec. 29, 2009).  Read the opinion here.



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The judge is supposed to rule based on what is in the 'best interest of the child'. If the mother has neglected her previous 7 children, why put the infant through the same traumatic experience??? The mother had her chance, and then a second chance, and then 5 more second chances...she blew it - let's protect the infant.

Posted by: Tulsa Attorney | Jan 9, 2011 6:15:24 PM

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