In a horrifying incident, the prosecutors described the way three children who were trapped in the rear seat of their mother’s car drowned in 4.5 feet of water in a lake in Illinois. Their mother, Amanda Hamm and her boyfriend had escaped unharmed.
She was condemned of child endangerment, and she had served five years of imprisonment for watching him plot a plan to drown her children of six years, 3 years and 23 months of age in 2003 as they interfered the couple’s relationship, and his lifestyle. He was condemned for first degree murder, and he is imprisoned for life.
Now, in a twist, Amanda and her new husband are demanding the custody of their three children of five years, three years and 1.5 years of age. She gave birth to them after she served her five-year sentence. The child protection authorities took their custody in the last year as one of the doctors recognized Ware as Hamm.
As per a legal concept, “anticipatory neglect”, the court need not wait until a child is in danger. It can intervene before the child is harmed. Also, the parents cannot be claimed ineligible for the custody just because of their past. They need to prove that they are capable.
The prosecutors as well as child protection authorities state that though the children were not physically harmed, there is evidence of abuse and neglect. There is domestic violence by the couple, substance abuse, and mental illness of Amanda Ware for which she has not taken the necessary treatment. These are claimed to create a dangerous environment for the children.
However, the attorneys representing Amanda and Leo Ware state that the children showed no symptoms of abuse and they are healthy. Earlier, it was claimed that the deaths were due to an accident, and that they both Amanda and her boyfriend tried to get the kids out, but they could not.
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