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Surprising Twist in CPS Case Involving Psychotropic Drugs


For almost a year, Children's Protective Services was adamant about terminating David and Christina Harrison's parental rights. That state agency's one and only reason? Both parents tested positive for cocaine.

Why was the young couple using drugs?

"Just recreational use," Rachel's father David Harrison said. "Out with friends, holidays, an occasion never did it with Rachel around."

11 months ago CPS took custody of Rachel.

Her parents didn't see her for months.

When they finally did they said they couldn't believe what they were seeing.

Here's Rachel a week before CPS takes her away from her mom and dad.

This is what she looked like after 6 months in CPS care.

"She'd be drooling at the mouth her tongue would be hanging out she couldn't focus, it was terrible," Debbie Flores, Rachel's grandmother said. "I'd ask them is she on drugs and they said no."

In January CPS admitted in court that the then 3-year-old was put on a number of psychotropic drugs including Risperidone, a drug commonly used to treat Schizophrenia.

According to court transcripts and hearings we attended, CPS had no proof Rachel was mistreated or neglected by her parents in any way.

"On the contrary there was tremendous testimony on how this little girl acted out while in foster care," attorney Tom Sanders said.

In one court hearing Associate Judge Steven Newhouse pointed out quote, "There's no evidence the child had any behavioral issues before CPS came into her life, as soon as CPS takes her now she needs help."

For the last 11 months Rachel's parents and grandmother kept hearing the same thing from CPS.

"All along they said we would never get her back that we would never see her again," Flores said.

But on Tuesday the assistant county attorney representing CPS non-suited the case.

"They've dismissed their cause of action," Sanders said. "The case is over, the parents do not have to come to court any longer."

Just like that CPS does a complete about face.

The County Attorney's office tells us all the parties involved now believe it's in Rachel's best interest to be with her parents.

That decision was based on the parents doing all CPS had asked them to do and months of negative drug tests.

"I'm ecstatic," Rachel's father said. "I'm glad to get this case over and move on, knowing my little girl is going to be in my custody and my care is a big load off my shoulders right now."

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