DeShaney v. Winnebago County Social Services

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Joshua was abused by his father. After social services finally got to him, they returned him only 3 days later. Afterwards, Joshua was beaten to the point where he had permanent damage. His mother sued the county social services because of a violation of her son's Fourteenth Amendment, but she lost the case. The court said that the Constitution didn't protect kids from their parents

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  • Joshua DeShaney lived with his father in Wisconsin. His father phisycally abused him.
  • Eventually, Social Services took Joshua in, and away from his abusive father.
  • However, Social Services returned him only 3 days later.
  • Joshua was hospitalized a short time later, with bruises all over his body. He was permanently paralyzed and physically disabled.
  • Joshua's mother sued the Department of Social Services for returning him to his father. She claimed they had violated his 14th Amendment right.
  • She lost the case as the court claimed that the Constitution did not protect kids from their own parents.
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