CPS Removes Children From Home


POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 8:47am

UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:41pm

A fight has lead Child Protective Services to remove 3 children all under the age of 3 years old from a Central El Paso home. And now the mother is pleading with authorities to bring them back.

"They're going to take my babies, they didn't ask for my babies names, they didn't ask for nothing," Rebecca Kanewski tells us.

Police say they removed an anonymous call that the children were alone. CPS then removed the children from the home.

"They weren't out here by themselves at any time," Kanewske says.

The mother says she and her friend went to the store to buy diapers. When they returned their 20-year-old babysitter was under arrest. "We barely just got home you guys are sitting up in my house and you took my boyfriend to jail," Kanewske's friend told us.

Officials say the underaged man had been drinking. With no one to watch the children, authorities proceeded to remove them from the home. "They didn't even ask me who they were I didn't even get to tell my daughter bye, or my youngest son when they took them from me," Kanewske claims.

The mother admits she was drinking but only had one beer."That makes me incapable? Unfit... to take care of my children?," she asks us.

We reached out to CPS and although they could not comment about this specific case, they told us in a statement:

"Due to confidentiality laws, we can neither confirm nor deny a specific investigation.

Typically in cases such as these, anytime a very young child or toddler is wandering outside unsupervised it can be an extremely dangerous situation.

When something like this happens, CPS may get a referral from law enforcement and have cause to investigate for neglectful supervision.

If it is unsafe for the children to stay in the home, even temporarily, CPS will seek appropriate relative placement. If unavailable, we'll look to place at the Child Crisis Center (temporary placement) or in foster care," Paul Zimmerman, DPFS.

But the young mother continues to plead for her kids, "I just want my babies back.I just want to hold my babies."

CPS says they could not disclose the specifics of this case because it remains open. They did say, however, there are certain cases where children may be removed temporarily then returned to the home.

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