Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In Re J.E. (Cal. Ct. App. - Sept. 21, 2016)

I talked early today about the typically depressing black cloud of human imperfection that I typically read in the pages of the California Appellate Reporter.

See what I mean?

From the same day as my earlier post this morning:

"On August 9, 2014, the then 14-year-old minor was taken into protective custody by the Oakland Police Department after running away from her mother’s home. Mother had refused to allow her to return home and asked that she be taken into the custody of Child Protective Services. . . . The petition alleged that mother was overwhelmed and unable to supervise minor due to minor’s behavioral challenges, which included fire-setting, chronically running away, and suicidal ideations.

According to the detention report prepared by the agency, minor had been residing in Oakland with her mother, her older sister (then age 18) and a younger sister (then age 8). Mother 'reported feeling very stressed and overwhelmed for some time because of [minor’s] behaviors.' Mother stated that minor 'is ‘manipulative’ and ‘lies a lot.’ Further [mother] is concerned about [minor’s] cutting behaviors, statements of suicidal ideation, an attempt to set her bedroom on fire, smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, chronic running away, and an incident in November 2013 in which [minor] molested her younger sister. [Mother] believes that she is not able to meet [minor’s] needs at this time.' Minor reported to the agency that she ran away because she was beaten by her mother and also claimed that she had been molested by her older sister when they were younger."

Yep.  That's indeed the type of stuff I usually see.