Topeka, Kan. — A mother said her daughter was taken away from her and she’s never been allowed her day in court to fight for her child. The woman’s story has now inspired lawmakers to look into what they can do to change the system.
Karen Williams finally had a day in court Tuesday, but it wasn’t the custody hearing she had hoped for. She went to the Kansas Appellate Court arguing that her constitutional rights were violated when a Douglas County judge removed her daughter from her custody all based on the word of a court appointed case manager. The case manager suggested to the judge that there was “probable abuse.”
“She’s never had to give any facts to back up these allegations,” says Williams, “and all I’m asking for is the right to come to court and defend myself.”
Williams and her husband say what’s actually…
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