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Court: Mom’s hostility to DSHS no reason to sever parental rights

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SPOKANE — Appeals judges ruled this week that a Douglas County mother’s right to parent her 6-year-old son cannot be terminated because of her “belligerent manner” toward state childcare agents.

The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed Superior Court Judge John Antosz’s decision to terminate the parental rights of the mother, known in court records only as B.R.

Antosz, a Grant County judge who heard the case in Douglas County court, found the mother unfit despite counselors’ reports that…

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