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New Haven family reacts to DCS lawsuit after feeling misled

For families who've been in a rumble with the Department of Child Services, a lawsuit is moving forward.

Posted: May 20, 2020 12:39 AM
Updated: May 20, 2020 10:45 AM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) -  The fight continues for one family who believes they've been misled.

When Robert Littlejohn stabbed Kennedy Laramore to death in September, she left behind her 3-year-old son.

"We wanted to speak on behalf of our grandson and children who can't speak for themselves, and on my daughter's request, Kennedy God rest her soul that we are trying to get and we are going to get our grandson. and grant her wishes," Malikah King explained while sitting next to her husband Martin King.

Before her death, Kennedy's family said she endured an abusive relationship which caused her to lose custody of her son.

When she did her family says it was her wish for him to be with her parents.

This is something King has been fighting for the last two years.

"I believe they caused trauma to both our grandson and us by initiating the overnight visits, and our bond is even stronger. Then to rip that away... We had no idea they adopted our grandson out until yesterday," King explained.

They said they're among the families who allege they've been misled by the system.

The Indiana Department of Child Services is facing a lawsuit now in which they are accused of not protecting 22,000 children.

The list of allegations includes many of the children “unnecessarily” sitting in foster care for years before they are reunited with their primary caretakers, are adopted, or age out of the system.

"I'm thinking about all of the other parents and grandparents who have babies who've just been stripped. It's awful who don't have the monetary means to secure an attorney. DCS is heartless," she added.

FOX 55 has reached out to DCS for comment and received no response yet.

The King's are not giving up. They need an attorney, but it’s been challenging to find one they can afford.

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