CPS vs. CPS
Two attorneys tasked with managing the labyrinthine FLDS child-custody case severed their ties with the state after being overruled in their efforts to terminate the parental rights of Warren Jeffs and other residents of the polygamous YFZ Ranch, the Standard-Times has learned.
Charles G. Childress and Jeff Schmidt in separate interviews described frustration with the state’s Child Protective Services agency that led both men to leave the case – Childress, a consultant with CPS from Austin, doing so voluntarily, while Schmidt, a staff attorney from Corpus Christi, was removed and later resigned from the agency.
“It had already been established my opinion was not wanted,” Childress said. “I won’t lend my name and legal reputation pursuing a legal strategy I adamantly oppose.”
More here: CASA vs. CPS
Last December, CPS found that there was a “reason to believe” the teen had been abused.
That finding and the agency’s decision to have the case dropped seem contradictory to the girl’s attorney, Natalie Malonis.
“I don’t think it’s intellectually honest,” said Malonis.
Note: I have a feeling there will be more of this information coming out, especially with the legislative hearings starting next week. Despite public perception as we’ve known it, perhaps FLDS ought to be thankful for CPS’ incompetence. It could have gone very differently for FLDS. In light of this, the following document is interesting. Note in particular the date of the disclosure (December 18, 2008). If I read this correctly, on December 18, CPS was seeking managing conservatorship of Warren Jeffs’ children. A month later CPS non-suited their cases and declared the parents fit and the children safe.
Continuing Joseph Jeffs, Josephine Jeffs, Abraham Jeffs, Amber Jeffs, Hannah Jeffs, Jacob Jeffs, Susan Jeffs, Teresa Jeffs, Helamon Jeffs and William Jeffs in the family, without change from previous practices will enganger the children’s physical health and emotional development (Family Code Section 153.131).
Also Annette failed to cooperate with the Department in signing a safety plan and continues to believe that Teresa Jeffs was not sexually abused. Based on all the above and circumstances existing at the time of trial, it is in the best interest of Joseph Jeffs, Josephine Jeffs, Abraham Jeffs, Amber Jeffs, Hannah Jeffs, Jacob Jeffs, Susan Jeffs, Teresa Jeffs, Helamon Jeffs and William Jeffs that the Department obtain permanent managing conservatorship of Joseph Jeffs, Josephine Jeffs, Abraham Jeffs, Amber Jeffs, Hannah Jeffs, Jacob Jeffs, Susan Jeffs, Teresa Jeffs, Helamon Jeffs and William Jeffs.