In Re: Sunil G.
A court can commit a child to the care of the Department of Children and Families based on its prediction that the parents would neglect the child, if the child were left in their care. The biological mother was born in Guyana and dropped out of school at the age of 16. The biological father was born in Connecticut and has a criminal history for robbery, assault and sexual assault. The minor child was born on Dec. 12, 2012 with a serious, congenital heart defect, known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and has a history of reflux, ischemic stroke and seizures. The minor child had his first surgery when he was five days old. He requires a feeding tubing and occasional oxygen. He has been prescribed eight medications and is at risk of sudden death. He has remained in the hospital since birth. Hospital workers were concerned that the biological parents could not comprehend his complex medical issues. Both parents have confused medications. They struggle with basic infant care. Allegedly, the father does not always hold the minor child in a safe manner, to prevent the removal of his tubes. The mother has reported that the father allegedly engaged in domestic violence, punched walls and broke objects. Allegedly, the father brought a box knife cutter to a social worker conference. Security personnel allegedly observed the father shove the mother. Evidence exists that the minor child, with his complex medical needs, requires a safe, stable and nurturing environment. The minor child will be at significant risk of death, if placed with his biological parents, who appear unable to administer the medical care he requires, even after repeated training. The biological father allegedly has engaged in violent, coercive and controlling conduct. The court predicted that the biological parents would neglect their child, if the child were left in their care. Courts are not required to leave a minor child in the custody of a biological parent who clearly is not capable of furnishing even basic care. The court committed the minor child to the care of the Department of Children and Families.