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Case 11:



The custody of this child, age 6, was
given to SS by the court because of severe conflicts between the parents
regarding custody of the child. The child had been subjected to several
physical exams connected to numerous accusations of physical and sexual abuse
or neglect by one of the parents against the other. A case plan was developed
and both parents were interviewed along with the child. Due to continued
allegations of sexual abuse, the child was referred for a medical exam. Genital
warts were discovered. There remains a possibility of sexual abuse but the
perpetrator is unknown. To date, there are no clear statements from the child.



Parents have a history of hostility toward each other, distorting
factual events to various service providers, and making charges with the police
against each other or family members. The child is being used as a pawn between
the parents. She appears to be painfully aware of her parents’ animosity,
emotionally shutting down to the point where she won’t discuss her parents or
her personal experiences in even non-threatening conversations. Parents are unable
to protect the child from their mutual, extreme hostility and are unable to
understand the emotional harm the child is experiencing from repeated
investigations and ongoing suspicions and arguments in the child’s presence.






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