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Case Law Update: Evidence Held Sufficient in Parental Neglect Case

The recent decision in In re L.H., No. 1-08-0621 (August 26, 2008) 3rd div. (Greiman) declared that a mother neglected her adoptive daughter, suffering from bi-polar disorder, was not against the manifest weight of the evidence. The evidence established that the mother refused to bring her daughter home from the hospital, refused to have any contact with DCFS, engage in services, because the child was an embarrassment to her; and not because child was dangerous or a threat. Further, the mother failed to prove that the minor was a dependant child through no fault of the parent. The Case has been affirmed the parental negligence suit by the appellate court.