DeShaney v. Winnebago County Social Services
By ungifted123, Updated
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
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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