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In re T.G., C.G., D.G., and D.G., D.F., and E.G.

684 A.2d 786 (1996)

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In re T.G., C.G., D.G., and D.G., D.F., and E.G.

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

684 A.2d 786 (1996)

Facts

Four minor children spent time at the homes of their maternal grandmother and their parents. After the grandmother died, an officer was called to the grandmother’s home. The officer found the home to be in a derelict state. The officer then visited the parents’ home, concluded that it was in a similarly poor state, and referred the matter to the Department of Human Services (DHS). A DHS worker visited both homes on the same day as the officer. Findings included a powerful stench, piles of trash strewn everywhere, holes in the floor and ceiling, and a single mattress on which all four children slept. The DHS filed neglect petitions against the parents but made no further visits to the homes. By court order, the four children were placed in DHS custody. Nearly a year later, the trial court conducted a hearing on the petitions. The DHS argued the alleged parental neglect was a result of mental and physical disabilities on the part of the parents. Counsel for the parents unsuccessfully moved for dismissal. The court ultimately issued a finding of parental neglect, which it based on the poor living conditions in the parents’ home. The court ordered placement of the children in foster homes. The case was appealed to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Mack, J.)

Dissent (King, J.)

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