Dees v San Diego

Read the brief.

A 9-year-old girl with special needs was taken from class to be interview by a child
welfare investigator without a warrant, a judicial order, parental consent, emergency
circumstances, or even probable cause.

The mother sued for a violation of her parental rights, but the defense argued that the
child wasn’t taken from the mother’s custody and that the interview lasted “only five

We filed a friend of the court brief pointing out the damage that can be done to
families—and especially to children—through unwarranted child welfare investigations
and intrusions of this sort.

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