ACLU Sues State in Hard Lemonade Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The ACLU of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services in the case of a 7-year-old Ann Arbor boy whose father gave him an alcoholic drink at a 2008 Detroit Tigers game.
The suit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court on behalf of the child, Leo Ratte.
It seeks to overturn a state law that permits law enforcement officials to remove a child from parents' custody without proving the child is in immediate danger.
Christopher Ratte purchased a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade for his son without realizing it contained alcohol.
Officials took Leo from his parents and kept him for several days.
The Department of Human Services tells the Detroit Free Press it doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.


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