Dallas – According to a federal lawsuit, a woman 9 months pregnant who was brutally beaten by law officers in the kitchen of her parents’ home over a bogus writ of attachment to seize her child is due money damages.
Because of that fact, according to the attorney who drafted the federal complaint, the defendants cannot receive the standard protection of qualified immunity because of their official status.
A Grand Jury cleared the officers for the March 3, 2015 attack when Child Protective Services workers refused to let Deanna Jo Robinson see the court papers authorizing their seizure of her child.
She had suffered a domestic violence attack from her husband before fleeing to the home of her parents at Quinlan, Texas near Greenville.
When CPS workers tracked her there, they drew up a writ of attachment in order to serve her, but failed to have it properly executed by the Court, and then neglected to show a return on the certificate of service for the instrument.
Instead, Quinlan police officers and Hunt County Sheriff’s officers arrested her and placed her in the county jail – naked – and corrections officers there denied her prenatal care, even though her injuries showed extensive bruising to her abdomen where they bent her over a kitchen counter and punched the area of her kidneys while placing handcuffs on her.
A home security system caught the attack on video through the lens of a laptop computer placed in the dining room of the home. Officers and CPS workers were unaware their actions were on surveillance until the video surfaced on YouTube within hours. More than 1.5 million viewers witnessed the attack.
Among the causes of action named in the federal lawsuit filed in the Northern District in this city are illegal arrest and seizure, as well as the use of a falsely sworn legal instrument and denial of civil rights.
Authorities seized Ms. Robinson’s new-born child following his birth a few days after her arrest.
Prosecutors declined prosecution for interfering with the writ of attachment after a state district judge ruled that the order was in fact invalid though represented as a lawful instrument.
When she asked to see the paperwork, testimony showed, a CPS worker named in the federal lawsuit merely flipped open a folder and showed it to her, but did not allow her to read it. At that point, she began to resist her arrest with all her might.
Both of her sons have been returned to her custody.