August 15, 2008
A 35-year-old Texas woman has been jailed after police say she made her 12-year-old daughter drive her to a bar.
Police in Longview say they watched a minivan turn into a driveway without signaling on Wednesday and bump into a home at a low speed. They say the car was driven by Jennifer Lynn Rosenberg’s daughter.
Police say the girl told an officer she had just dropped her mother off at a bar. They say they found Rosenburg at the bar and that she admitted having her daughter drive her there.
Rosenburg remains in the Gregg County Jail on a $2,500 bond. A jail official declined to say whether she had an attorney.
A spokeswoman for Child Protective Services told the Longview News-Journal that the agency is investigating.
*** Above photograph is NOT the above-mentioned 12-year old.
Article from the Associated Press
May 22, 2008
According to ruling by the Appeals Court on Thursday, the state of Texas should not have removed the more than 460 children it took from a polygamist sect’s ranch. In the ruling, the Lone Star State’s 3rd District Court of Appeals decided in favor of 38 women who had appealed the removals and the decision by a district judge that the children will remain in state custody.
“The existence of the FLDS belief system as described by the department’s witnesses, by itself, does not put children of FLDS parents in physical danger,” the appeals court panel said. The state’s Department of Family and Protective Services “did not present any evidence of danger to the physical health or safety of any male children or any female children who had not reached puberty,” the ruling went on to say.
“The legislature has required that there be evidence to support a finding that there is a danger to the physical health or safety of the children in question and that the need for protection is urgent and warrants immediate removal.”
“Evidence that children raised in this particular environment may someday have their physical health and safety threatened is not evidence that the danger is imminent enough to warrant invoking the extreme measure of immediate removal prior to full litigation of the issue.”
Stay tuned for what will follow in this potential child molestation case against the men in the polygamy sect.