Last week the long battle for the Tutt family to regain custody of their children, who were taken illegally in the fall of 2013, took another turn in what one attorney said was the most bizarre case of this kind that he had ever seen.
Call to Action
The Tutt family needs the the support of the community, and families in the Dallas area are asked to stand with the Tutts by attending a trial beginning Monday, April 27, at 9 a.m. The trial is likely to proceed for several days in the Dallas 302nd District Family Court.
The Ongoing Travesty
A jury trial, which had been scheduled for April 2015 and would have given the Tutts the opportunity to regain custody of their final child remaining in CPS control, was rescheduled again for June. This decision is long overdue considering that the judge dismissed all charges against the Tutts in August of last year.
After two years in the Tutts’ home during the process of adoption, this biological sibling of two previously adopted Tutt children has now been in foster care for almost a year and a half because her adoption was not complete when the children were illegally taken by CPS in 2013. Mysteriously, the Tarrant County adoption proceedings were dismissed without the notification of the Tutts or their legal counsel. The Dallas County judge took control of that aspect of this travesty and made it part of the ongoing case she has had in her court for 16 months.
While CPS continues to oppose the reuniting of this last child with her siblings and the Tutts, the judge has appointed an attorney to represent the biological mother of these three children and, instead of allowing that issue to be part of the jury trial already scheduled and rescheduled for the Tutts, she has ordered a separate trial to which the Tutts have been subpoenaed on whether to terminate the rights of this mother, in jail on murder charges with a criminal record and separated from the six-year-old since she was six months old.
Instead of one trial there will be two! The Tutts have been subpoenaed for the entire week of the trial for terminating the parental rights of the biological mother and then will endure another trial in June to determine if they will be allowed to finally adopt and return home with the child illegally taken from them in 2013.
If you believe in parental rights and want to see justice done for the Tutts and this case brought to an appropriate end, please show your support by attending the trial beginning on April 27 at 9 a.m., likely proceeding for several days in the Dallas 302nd District Family Court.
As this case has dragged on and on, people get tired and want to move forward. That is certainly true for the Tutts, but they have to continue and hope those in the Dallas area who value justice will support them with your prayers and presence in the court.
In the meantime, continue to pray that the Texas Supreme Court will rule on the Writ of Mandamus that was filed months ago. THSC filed an Amicus Brief in support of the request for relief.
Support the Cause
If you would like to help support THSC efforts to pay for the legal fees for the Tutts, now exceeding $125,000, you may make a tax-deductible contribution to the THSC Parental Rights Litigation Fund.