Indiana court says child welfare agency went too far

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Supreme Court says the state's child welfare agency went too far when it took custody of a woman's five children when she had trouble making ends meet during one child's medical crisis.

The justices ruled unanimously that not all special-needs children of low-income parents need to be taken from their families.

Reversing an appeals court decision, the justices say that there's no evidence the Department of Child Services coerced the woman to give up the children. The agency acknowledged the woman had "done her best" to take care of her four children at home and another child in an Indianapolis hospital.

A DCS hearing found the woman "needed help."

The justices say such a situation would strain any parent, but that doesn't mean the state has to intervene.

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