Children Injured by Drug or Alcohol Addicted Parents
Some mothers who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol expose their children during pregnancy to these harmful substances so that they are born addicted. Some of the time, these children are discharged to their parents who have not overcome their addictions, which may have existed for years. If the parents are not in drug or alcohol treatment programs, these children are in harm’s way. Some children have been seriously injured because of a lack of appropriate supervision. Others have died, including sleeping deaths where parents rolled over the children at night.
Case Against Child Welfare Agencies That Allowed Child to be Discharged to Drug Addict Mom Settles for Undisclosed Amount. Florida child abuse attorneys sued child welfare agencies, a substance abuse provider, and a hospital in Pinellas County, FL on behalf of a child who suffered permanent brain damage and other injuries due to malnutrition and neglect when he was six months old. The child was born substance exposed to a mother with an extensive substance abuse history and prior child welfare history. The child was left in his mother’s care and the family was placed under voluntary “diversion” services for approximately three months. The child sustained his injuries six weeks after the diversion case closed.