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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

If the state always told the truth in these cases that would be one thing. But they just say whatever they think will win the case. So their word can seldom be trusted!

Posted by: postol front | Jan 4, 2016 7:20:12 PM

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