Today I got an update on a story we reported here in January. It's the story of Michelle Gach, a mother whose parental rights were terminated by a judge after her three-year-old-son was found wandering one morning with his dogs in a park across the street from his house. Gach told me she'd worked into the early morning that day, and her son snuck out of the house "to be a big boy" and walk the dogs while she slept.
Not long after that incident, police removed Gach's son from her home. She was denied visits. She wasn't offered support services.
“And they said it’s protocol for going straight for termination.” Gach told me.
She hasn't seen her son since August 2014. Her rights were officially terminated last year. She appealed.
Yesterday, the State Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the case. The judges sided with Gach. They ruled her parental rights should never have been terminated.
And their ruling could have implications for other parents in Michigan as well.