Navigation Links
FLDS Couple Seeks Emergency Order to Stop Infant Seizure, Say Perry & Haas
Date:5/13/2008

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys for a married couple who lived in the fundamentalist Mormon community in Eldorado, TX, will ask a Bexar County District Court judge today for an emergency order to prevent the state from taking away their infant child, who is still nursing, when he turns a year old on Thursday.

Attorneys are filing a petition with the presiding judge at 3:30 p.m. seeking an emergency injunction to keep the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from removing Joseph Steed Jessop Jr. from the care of his mother, Lori Jessop, 25. The petition also demands that Lori and her husband, Joseph Steed Jessop Sr., 27, be told the whereabouts of their other two children, and that the court schedule a hearing to determine whether the state can legally continue to hold the children.

According to the petition, a social worker told Mrs. Jessop that the child would be removed from her care when he turned a year old. All three children are being held without the authority of any court order, according to attorneys.

Attorney for Joseph Jessop Sr. is Rene Haas, of Corpus Christi, a former Nueces County district judge and highly successful trial lawyer. She is board certified in both criminal and family law. Lori Jessop is represented by Nancy DeLong, a Corpus Christi attorney with Texas RioGrand Legal Aide, Inc.

After the filing, Joseph Jessop will make a brief comment at the courthouse. Haas will make a statement and answer questions.

Background

Lori and Joseph Jessop met in Hildale, Utah, where they were members of the Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). They married when she was 18 and he was 20. Both are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. They moved to the FLDS community in Eldorado outside San Angelo, TX, in 2005.

They have three children, a daughter, Ziana Glo, 4, who was born in Utah, son, Joseph Edson, 2 1/2, and son Joseph Steed Jr., who will turn one on Thursday, May 15. Both boys were born in Eldorado.

The couple is monogamous and has lived as a family away from the other residents in separate quarters in a building housing the community's medical facilities and cafeteria. Their children were seized with the others in April and placed in a squalid shelter in San Angelo, where they became ill and had to be hospitalized. Later, Lori was allowed to accompany her infant to San Antonio, where he was placed in a children's home. She has been sleeping in a women's shelter but staying with him during the day where she can nurse him and care for him. The father, Joseph Jessop, is living in temporary quarters in San Antonio, to be near his wife and child.

The couple last saw all their children May 9. They are demanding to know where their two older children are being housed because both children are medically frail. They are concerned for the children's health and safety, given their medical conditions and their recent hospitalizations. They also are concerned that their children have been traumatized by the experience of being abruptly taken from their parents and separated from them at such young ages. They want them psychologically and physically examined to make sure their needs are being met.

The parents produced documents identifying themselves and their children to authorities prior to the children being removed from Eldorado.

The petition asserts the children are being held without a court order, and in this situation, under Texas law, the parents' only remedy is to bring a writ of habeas corpus in the county in which the children are being held.

A writ of habeas corpus is the name of a legal action through which a person can seek relief from unlawful detention of himself or another person. The writ of habeas corpus has historically been an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action. Although common in criminal cases, they are much less common in civil cases.

For a copy of the petition or more information contact:

Teresa Kelly

teresapkelly@msn.com

512/328-4276

For Perry & Haas


'/>"/>
SOURCE Perry & Haas
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Navigenics Proposes Standards for Personal Genomics Services, Coupled With Prospective Outcomes Studies, to Safeguard Consumers
2. Infertility Consultancy and Chicago Pharmacy Bring Hope to Infertile Couples
3. When couples face the diagnosis of cancer, women carry a larger emotional burden than men
4. States Promoted Broader Coverage for Children in 2007, But Report That a Declining Economy Coupled With Lack of SCHIP Reauthorization and New Federal Rules Now Compromise Efforts to Reduce the Number of Uninsured
5. A Fort Worth Couple Sues Huguley Memorial Medical Center
6. Same-Sex Couples Just as Committed as Heterosexual Counterparts
7. Equal level of commitment and relationship satisfaction found among gay and heterosexual couples
8. A New Book on Sexual Medicine Calls Attention to The Couple and Presents State-of-the Art Treatments for Sexual Dysfunction
9. Helping Couples Fight Prostate Cancer, This Week on Your Cancer Today(TM)
10. New Survey Reveals That Couples Want Vacation Time Together After the Stressful Holiday Season
11. Updated: National Infertility Awareness Week Nov. 4-10; Infertility Affects Significant Number of Couples
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents ... the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and ... highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture ... said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package ... Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar ... M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal ... complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary ... Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. ... Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on ... article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo ... such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for ... unmet needs, today announced the closing of its ... of common stock, at the public offering price ... in the offering were offered by GBT. GBT ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin - ... " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" report ... This report focuses on the global market of ... applications in various applications. The report deals with spectroscopy ... industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, and environmental ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , June 24, 2016 ... a set of recommendations that would allow ... information (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage ... determine the "value" of new medicines. The ... that does not appear on the drug label, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: