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KARE 11 Investigates: Child Protection accused of rushing to judgment

KARE 11 Investigates: A family claims a Twin Cities doctor and Hennepin County Child Protection filed allegations of medical abuse without a proper investigation.

Lauren Leamanczyk, Steven Eckert

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A family claims a Twin Cities doctor and Hennepin County Child Protection filed allegations of medical abuse without a proper investigation.

Based on those allegations, they say a young boy was needlessly ripped away from his mother and ordered into foster care for seven months. They filed a lawsuit against the doctor - which is pending in federal court.

Every day, child protection workers across Minnesota investigate reports of abuse. They face the difficult job of balancing the need to protect children with the hope of keeping families together.

In the past, KARE 11 has reported how incomplete child protection investigations left kids at risk.

In this case, child protection is being accused of rushing to judgment, needlessly tearing a family apart.

“They like ruined my life,” says young Dontell Peschong, now 13. When he was 11 years old, Hennepin County Child Protective Services got a court order to take him away from his mother. They did it, the family claims, with little independent investigation.

Essie Peschong claims child protection didn’t properly investigate before removing her son. Credit: KARE 11

“This could happen to anybody,” says the boy’s mother Essie Peschong. She says she’s speaking out in hopes of highlighting what she says is a broken system.