ROCHESTER, New York (AP) -- A Family Court judge who last year stirred debate about parental responsibilities ordered a second drug-addicted woman to have no more children until she proves she can look after the seven she already has.
The 31-year-old mother, identified in court papers only as Judgette W., lost custody of her children, ranging in age from eight months to 12 years, in child-neglect hearings dating back to 2000. Six are in foster care at state expense and one lives with an aunt.
The youngest child and two others tested positive for cocaine at birth and all seven "were removed from her care and custody because she could not and did not take care of them," Judge Marilyn O'Connor said in a December 22 decision made public Tuesday.
"Because every child born deserves a mother and a father, or at the very least a mother or a father, this court is once again taking this unusual step of ordering this biological mother to conceive no more children until she reclaims her children from foster care or other caretakers," O'Connor wrote.
In a similar ruling last March, O'Connor ordered a drug-addicted, homeless mother of four to refrain from bearing children until she won back care of her children. The decision, the first of its kind in New York, is being appealed.
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I am not going to come down either side of this story - I came across it on another website and thought everyone might be interested.
Jan 7, '05
I've seen it too often too. The kids pay the price. I say, snip their tubes! Some folks, unfortunately, have their "brains in their genitals". I say, a "little brain surgery" may go a long way.
Kids shouldn't have to suffer because mommy or daddy is an addict or is irresponsible. Seen too many heroin users who daily make that choice regarding their kids and grandkids.
Chemical castration of rapists and child molesters have my vote too!
Last edit by Thunderwolf on Jan 7, '05