Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Neglect Case Returning to Court.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Rebecca Roybal Journal Staff Writer

State Wants Dismissal Decision Reconsidered

On Monday evening, baby David Ray Lopez was reunited with his mother at her South Valley home.

Less than 48 hours later, the mother, Rita Lopez who already has had seven children taken away from her by the state was apprehensive that yet another child would be removed from her home.

The state Children, Youth and Families Department, a welfare agency, filed a motion Wednesday to reconsider Children's Court Judge Michael Martinez's decision to dismiss the neglect case involving the baby. A hearing will be held sometime in April.

Julita Ann Leavell, Lopez's court-appointed attorney, said Thursday that she was surprised by the state's move. …

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