California court issues ruling about out-of-control kids

Apr 2, 2015 3:01 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California appeals court says the state can remove out-of-control children from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the children's behavior.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that if the kids face substantial risk of harming themselves, it doesn't matter whether the parent did anything intentional to put them in that position.

The ruling came in the case of an unnamed Los Angeles County mom whose teen daughter repeatedly ran away from home and had a child at the age of 15. The appellate court said the girl remained incorrigible despite her mom's best efforts.

Its 3-0 ruling upheld a juvenile court's decision to assert control over the child and allow the county to place her elsewhere.

A call to the mom's attorney was not immediately returned.

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