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Case 12:

This family was referred to SS by the
police who indicated a 3-week-old child was in a dangerous environment. Police
had received reports of abuse by his father. The agency worker visited the home
and spoke with mother. She admitted father had “spanked” the baby
leaving black and blue marks on the child the week before. Father was upset
with the child for crying.

Mother also admitted to the worker she had been beaten by father the
night before and had severe bruising. Mother refused all services.

Police were contacted and they
confronted mother and father about the abuse and domestic violence issues.
Mother admitted to them father had beaten her and spanked the baby leaving
black and blue marks. She refused to leave the home with the baby or to leave
father. She is very dependent on father and won’t voluntarily disassociate
herself or the child from him, even temporarily so he can obtain help for his
problems. Father was arrested for domestic violence and was released on bond.
Since mother wouldn’t keep the child away from father, the child was placed
into care.

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