GETTING RECORD A LONG, STRANGE, TRIP TO TOWN

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 Hunt County Courthouse, Greenville, Texas…

Look out, kid, they keep it all hid – Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Greenville, TX – The court papers telling the reasons why CPS workers and three police officers forcibly took Deanna Jo Robinson’s kids  are buried in the files of two district courts.

They are open records, but officials are reluctant to share them. Daniel Ray, an attorney retained by Hunt County, sent a letter to the Attorney General’s office at Austin claiming that since the matter is under investigation, the reasons for the brutal raid cannot be revealed because, among other reasons, Ms. Robinson is a “patient;” her medical records may not be legally revealed. So it goes.

A trip to the courthouse tells the story this way. A little boy told CPS Investigator Joseph Feduccia that Deanna and her husband, a Mr. Llenas, stuff a sock in his little brother’s mouth when he cries. He further alleged that Llenas shouts at the boy, asking him if he wants to “sit in your poop” when he soils his underwear. Fedducia stated in an affidavit that when he arrived at their house, Llenas was cooperative and picked up broken glass in the yard where a window had shattered during an argument in which chairs had been thrown. He said Ms. Robinson had made suicide threats.

In the proposed order written for the 354th District Court by CPS attorney Holly Peterson, the couple were to be ordered to take parenting classes, pay child support payments, and report their whereabouts to social workers,  among other stipulations, including payment of attorneys to serve as attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem for each of the children.

In an order written for the 196th District Court, the CPS attorney wrote that Ms. Robinson’s son Landry, 18 months, was in “immediate danger to physical health of a child.” The writ is file-marked March 4, the day police and CPS workers came to seize the child. He and Llenas’ kids are in foster care, and an infant born 12 days later is in the custody of her mother at Quinlan.

So it goes, and you know it don’t come easy. To be sure, none of the above has been proven. They are allegations.

Asked for access to the court papers, a clerk reacted with anger; she snapped, “Which ones? There are so many of them.”

She demanded to know what the paper says. When told the scribbler had no idea, having never seen them, she became even angrier.  She said the files are checked out to the staff members of the courts, then relented after asking another clerk what to do. She printed the petitions and allowed the scribbler to take notes.

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