Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Custody of Freedom

"With the recent order limiting contact between 13-year-old cancer patient Katie Wernecke and her parents, state officials hope they can persuade Katie to stop resisting the treatment that could save her life.

"Katie's custody will be determined at a permanency hearing scheduled for November, at which time Juvenile Judge Carl Lewis, or another judge, could decide to terminate the Wernecke's parental rights, said Child Protective Services spokesman Aaron Reed.

"'At that point, we'll have to make a decision as to what the child's plan is either for reunification with her parents or termination of parental rights or continued custody,' Reed said.

"Katie's father, Edward Wernecke, said she is making her own decisions about treatment and that he is worried he would lose custody of his daughter and never see her again." ...

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