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The parents of child who was beaten to death in a Detroit fosterhome, lost their 10th child to child protective services....
Parents of Isaac Lethbridge may lose 10th child
Kim Kozlowski / The Detroit News
DETROIT -- The parents of Isaac Lethbridge, the child who was beaten to
death in a Detroit foster home, lost their 10th child to child
protective services and face losing their parental rights, following a
hearing today in Wayne County juvenile court.
Referee Peter C. Schummer Jr. authorized a petition to terminate Matt
and Jennifer Lethbridge's parental rights to Xavier Isaac, according to
Chief Circuit Judge Mary Beth Kelly. The infant was born earlier this month.
"Matt and his wife are devastated, obviously," said Robert Killewald,
the court-appointed attorney who represented Matt Lethbridge in
Washtenaw County, where the couple lost their rights to seven other
children. "They are shell shocked."
Two police officers assisted two Michigan child protective workers when
they removed the infant from the couple's Canton Township home,
Killewald said. Since a filthy home was one of the reasons the
Lethbridges lost their children in the past, Matt Lethbridge asked the
police to come into the home.
"It was perfect," Killewald said.
Schummer transferred the case to Washtenaw County, where the couple's
rights to seven other children have been terminated.
Last month, Washtenaw County Family Court Judge Darlene O'Brien gave a
split ruling on two of the Lethbridges' daughters who are in foster
care. She terminated the rights to one of their daughters, who is now 1
year-old. But she did not terminate their rights to their 4-year-old
Instead, she allowed the Lethbridges to have a relationship with their
daughter as she is being raised by permanent guardians, presumably the
Washtenaw County couple whose home she is in.
The Lethbridges could not be reached for comment.
You can reach Kim Kozlowski at (313) 222-2024 or .
CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL
SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPING PROGRAM....
BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
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