In Re Pena Case File

This case file presents two problems many young children caught up in the juvenile justice system experience. The first focuses on the parental rights of Maria Pena, a mother with an apparent substance abuse problem, who has two children Ricky (9) and Eva (8).
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This case file presents two problems many young children caught up in the juvenile justice system experience. The first focuses on the parental rights of Maria Pena, a mother with an apparent substance abuse problem, who has two children Ricky (9) and Eva (8). A termination of parental rights case ensues when the NITA city police are called to Maria Pena's residence after Ricky and Eva were found requesting food from a neighbor, claiming they had none in their house. There are five witnesses in the case.

The second problem of the case file involves a delinquency petition filed against eight-year-old Eva who is charged with assault of a foster child in the foster home where she is placed. She claims she learned this behavior by watching violent television programming. The second part of the file includes seven witnesses.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Summary of Facts

Problems


Termination of Parental Rights Problems

1. Emile Ryan
2. Melissa Green
3. Maria Pena
4. Randy Roth
5. Jaime Cruz
6. Photographs
7. Case Service Plan and Visitation Records
8. Handwritten Note
9. Certified Drug Conviction

Delinquency Problems
10. Child Interview
11. Negotiated Plea Bargaining Exercise
12. Melissa Green
13. Expert Witness - Dr. Court
14. Sgt. Clara Flaherty
15. Expert Witness - Dr. Black
16. Bat
17. Diagram
18. Impeachment
19. Closing Argument - Disposition/Sentencing

Case File

Termination of Parental Rights Case

Petition for Termination of Parental Rights

Testimony of Emile Ryan, Child Protection Worker, at the Temporary Custody Hearing

Supplemental Report of Emile Ryan

Handwritten Note from Maria Pena to Children

Report of Melissa Green, DFS Case Worker, for Eva and Ricky Pena

Certified Copy of Conviction

Statement of Randy Roth, DFS Visitation Supervisor

Testimony of Maria Pena

Statement of Maria Pena to Melissa Green, DFS Case Worker

Home of Frieda Gonzales

Home of Ellen and Arthur Mortimer

Report of Jaime Cruz, Clinical Director, Horizon House

Delinquency Proceeding

Delinquency Petition

Police Report

Supplementary Police Report

Drawing of Basement at Gillespie Home

NITA DFS Unusual Incident Report, Including Summary of Interview of Oscar Johnson by Eleanora Fagan

NITA DFS Unusual Incident Report, Including Report of Interviews of Ricky and Eva Pena by Melissa Green

Report of Margaret Flemming, Assistant State's Attorney

Eva Pena's Written Statement

Interview of Eva Pena by Her Lawyer/Guardian

Motion to Suppress Statements

Memorandum of Law Regarding Suppression of a Child's Statement

Report of Dr. Jan Court

Report of Dr. John Black

Emergency Room Report

Office of the Medical Examiner Diagram

Progress Report

Letter in Support of Eva Pena

Social Investigation by Probation Officer S. Seals

Stipulation