Dismissal Following Trial – Infant with Broken Bones Dependency

Ms. Burke’s client and her partner had their 3 month old baby girl taken from them by the State of Washington when she was discovered to have over a dozen bone fractures in different stages of healing. The State was alleging that the child had been abused. Ms. Burke and her co-counsel were able to successfully present evidence that the child had a likely medical condition that left her bones fragile and susceptible to fracture from normal handling. The State’s number one child abuse expert was discredited and the dependency petition was dismissed. The mother and father were reunited with their daughter after a yearlong fight.