Congratulations to John-Michael Thiesen on keeping a child with his mother!

Mr. Thiesen’s client is a mother who tested positive at the hospital for methamphetamines.   The Department of Human Services (child welfare) asked the judge to allow them to remove her child from her care due to this test.  This mom denied using methamphetamines and had no idea why that one test indicated she had used.  At the hearing called a ‘shelter care hearing’, DHS presented their case for removal of this child from this family because of that test.  Mr. Thiesen argued that even if that test was accurate (something he also disputed) that DHS presented no evidence that the child was being harmed or that mother’s care of the child was harmed at all.  Accordingly, this child got to stay at home with mom!