Michigan Supreme Court Throws Out Child-Neglect Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court says criminal activity in a home with a child present cannot automatically lead to an additional charge of neglecting the minor.
The court says that would have significant consequences, including the possible termination of parental rights and intervention by state child-welfare enforcers.
In an opinion released Wednesday, the justices overturned a decision of the state appeals court in a case from Wayne County. They said there was no evidence that the 10-year-old stepson of George Tennyson knew there were drugs and firearms in the home in 2006.
The 4-2 decision was written by Justice Stephen Markman.


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  • by Larry Location: Perry on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    Contrary to what some think, the presence of a firearm, in a residence, is not a crime. They may now feel free to hyperventilate.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Sep 8, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    "They said there was no evidence that the 10-year-old stepson of George Tennyson knew there were drugs and firearms in the home in 2006" What difference does it make if the child knows or not!?!
  • by salteb Location: Michigan on Sep 8, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    So because the child did not know that other drug dealers could kill him at any moment if a drug deal were to go bad he was not neglected? If a child is neglected in the woods did it ever really happen is about as absurd as this. Are the four judges looking for registered voter drug dealer support?
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