‘Justice for Jenny’ Down syndrome guardianship case headed for trial
Jenny Hatch is a 28-year-old woman with Down syndrome who is intelligent and high functioning. Jenny was hit by a car while riding her bike in March of 2012. She had back surgery and when she was scheduled to be discharged the couple she was working for and who had befriended her found out from hospital staff that her mother would not allow her to move back in. She had nowhere to go. This wonderful couple took her in and cared for her. They then began to seek services for her that would enable her to stay in their home.
As Jim and Kelly stated “The battle that followed was not only unexpected but unbelievable.” Jewish Family Services went to court to get guardianship of this woman and since that time Jenny has been imprisoned in a group home against her will. She wants to go back to the couple who love and care for her. But this agency will not allow that; they will not even allow her to have her computer, cell phone or even receive mail. Her own father has taken over Jenny’s facebook page and sent messages to many people–including me–telling us NOT to support this couple in their quest to save his daughter from abuse; yet he refuses to allow Jenny to live in his home!
Please go to the Justice for Jenny facebook page and find out what you can do to help.
NEWPORT NEWS — Friends of Margaret “Jenny” Hatch — a 28-year-old with Down syndrome who is the subject of a contested guardianship case — on Thursday were permitted by a judge to intervene in the case, giving them a chance to win guardianship or argue that Hatch does not need a guardian.
Hatch was before Newport News Circuit Court Judge David Pugh, who ruled on a number of motions in the case.
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