Thursday, June 25, 2009

In Re K.P. (Cal. Ct. App. - June 22, 2009)

Occasionally you need very few facts to figure out how a dependency petition is going to come out, even if it's contested. Like here.

"In May 2005, another dependency petition was filed alleging jurisdiction of J.P., K.P. and J.M. (collectively, the minors) under section 300, subdivisions (b), (c), and (g) (no material support), following domestic violence between the mother and the father leading to the mother’s arrest. The petition also alleged appellants had a history of domestic violence and substance abuse. Reports indicated the mother was possibly bipolar and detailed her lengthy child welfare history. Two mental health experts examined the father and found he had borderline personality disorder, antisocial tendencies, signs of paranoid schizophrenia and depression, and an IQ of 73. . . . A third dependency petition was filed in September 2007 . . . after incidents of domestic violence between the mother and maternal grandmother and a fight between the mother and father."

Uh, yeah. You guys ain't keeping the kids. I'm pretty sure about that.