Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Court OKs Ending Parental Rights.(Final)

Byline: Katie Burford Journal Staff Writer

Disabled Mom Lost Seven Kids to State

Rita Lopez has been struggling for years to keep her eight children out of state custody.

Lopez, who has developmental disabilities, lost another battle recently when the state Appeals Court affirmed a lower court decision to terminate Lopez's rights to seven of her children.

Lopez's case grabbed headlines in 2001 when her eighth child, David Ray Lopez, was taken into state custody shortly after his birth.

A year before, the Children, Youth and Families Department had placed her other children in foster care on allegations of neglect. David Ray was returned to Lopez 40 days after his removal, but her parental rights to the other seven children were terminated. …

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