Legal Memorandum: Neglect of one child, in the same parent’s care, is admissible evidence to show neglect of another child

Issue: Under the law of Illinois, may neglect of a child be used as evidence to support a finding that neglect of another child under the adult’s care was also neglected?

Area of Law: Family Law, Litigation Practice & Procedure, Litigation Practice and Procedure
Keywords: ; Child; Neglect; Evidence; Support; Minor; Parent; Care; Admissible; Juvenile
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2016

Although the neglect of one child does not conclusively show the neglect of another child, the neglect of one minor is admissible as evidence of the neglect of another minor under a parent’s care. T.S-P., 362 Ill. App. 3d at 248-49. Under this theory, when faced with evidence of prior neglect by parents, the juvenile court should not be forced to refrain from acting until another child is injured. Arthur H., 212 Ill.2d at 477.

In Re Adam B., 2016 IL App. (1st) 152037 (Ill. App. Dist. 1 2016).

Date: March 1, 2016

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