In re Wachlin

309 Minn. 370, 245 N.W.2d 183 (1976)

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In re Wachlin

Minnesota Supreme Court
309 Minn. 370, 245 N.W.2d 183 (1976)

Facts

Nancy Wachlin (defendant) was a single mother who received federal aid provided to families with children. Wachlin’s first child was placed for adoption. Wachlin’s second child, Timmy, had a serious language delay. Speech experts recommended that Timmy attend preschool and speech therapy, and they created a special program to teach Wachlin how to improve Timmy’s speech. Wachlin did not participate in the program and took Timmy to only a few speech-therapy appointments. Timmy was frequently absent from preschool or arrived late because Wachlin had slept in. On days when Timmy attended preschool, he wore ragged, dirty, inappropriate clothes. Wachlin told the preschool director that she had not placed Timmy for adoption because if she did not have a child, she would lose federal aid. A county agency (plaintiff) filed a petition alleging that Timmy was a neglected child. The trial court found that Timmy was neglected and that his best interests would be served in a stable, loving home. The trial court placed Timmy in the custody of the agency and gave the agency the discretion to decide whether to leave Timmy with Wachlin or place him with a foster family. Wachlin appealed, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to find that Timmy was a neglected child.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (MacLaughlin, J.)

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