|Parents sue DCFS over removal of toddler from family|
Parents sue DCFS over removal of toddler from family
By Ofelia Casillas | Chicago Tribune reporter
October 3, 2008
A toddler's parents are suing state child-welfare investigators and police officers who took their daughter and then forced them to have only monitored contact with her for days during a child-abuse investigation, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
The 21-page suit seeking at least $50,000 in compensation was filed Wednesday by lawyers for the Family Defense Center, a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago that represents parents against the child welfare system.
On Sept. 17, 2006, Nataleigh Evans took a tumble while learning to walk and hit her head on a coffee table, the lawsuit said. When a red bump appeared, her mother, Jennifer Evans, took her to a pediatrician who made an allegation of abuse to the DCFS hot line.
Two child welfare investigators and two Tinley Park police officers visited the Evans home and found her "safe and well-cared for," the lawsuit said. Days later, DCFS social workers took the child from her parents for several hours.
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Notice to all persons located in the state of Illinois who were:
A. Investigated or indicated for neglect under Allegation 60 from July 13, 2012 through December 31, 2013;
B. Were indicated for neglect under Allegation 60 from May 31, 2014 through June 11, 2014.
A class action lawsuit, entitled Ashley M., et al. v. Ill. Dep’t of Children & Family Servs., et al., No. 2013 CH 20278, is now pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, Cook County, Illinois.