Judge Orders Return of Oregon Boys Taken Because State Deemed Parents Not Smart Enough

Oregonian VideoAn Oregon judge has ruled that the state cannot take away a couple’s young children and put them into foster homes merely because the parents have low I.Q.s.

Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler of Redmond were not accused of neglecting or abusing their two sons, one of whom is nearly a year old and one of whom is 4. But the parents both had I.Q. levels well below average—72 and 66, respectively—and the state removed their kids pretty much because officials were afraid they wouldn’t be raised well.

Right around Christmas, a judge ordered the youngest son returned, determining that the state hadn’t proven that the “parenting deficiencies” the government described rose to the level of neglect or abuse. Officials had dinged the couple for things like not applying enough sunscreen to their children and neglecting to wash their hands thoroughly after using the restroom.

On Thursday, Judge Bethany

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