Custody hearing for parents living in Occupy Dallas camp

Custody hearing for parents living in Occupy Dallas camp

Cathy and Brian Karpich in court on Monday.

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 28 at 12:49 PM

DALLAS -- A homeless couple living with Occupy Dallas demonstrators, as of late, went to court Monday in an effort to regain custody of their 9-month-old son. Instead, a judge postponed any decisions about his care until November 28, the date of a new hearing.
 
Cathy and Brian Karpich asked the judge to consider moving their infant son from foster care, where he is now, into the care of a family friend. The judge agreed to consider that by first ordering a home-visit on the family friend.
    
Child Protective Services took custody of the little boy on November 4 while his parents were living with Occupy Dallas demonstrators.

CPS officials said there are concerns about neglect and mom's mental health.

“There have been some concerns about the mother’s previous mental health issues and also the environment he was living in., so we’re really going to let the judge make the decision about where he needs to go,” said Marissa Gonzales, CPS spokesperson.  
    
CPS affidavits show Cathy Karpich was seen panhandling in the heat of summer for twelve hours at a time with her baby in her care but, not adequately protected. She is also cited for violent behavior towards another child. The affidavits also show Karpich was assigned a parenting coach, but she repeatedly missed meetings.
   
Gonzales said the Karpich's have already lost custody of two other children previously for similar concerns. The two children have been adopted by their grandparents according to Gonzales.
    
As for little the nine-month-old, CPS said he was doing just fine while in foster care. His parents are allowed to visit once a week until the next hearing on November 28.

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