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Resolution met in one Carlton County child care case

Prior to a trial, the woman involved in the case submitted an affidavit that the children were in need of protective services and care.

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The Carlton County Courthouse (left) and jail in Carlton. Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / Pine Journal
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CARLTON — Before the case against one mother in a Carlton County child care case went to trial, the parties came to a resolution during a hearing Monday, Oct. 24.

An affidavit of the children being found in need of protection or services was filed on behalf of the mother.

According to the affidavit, the woman stated that entering an admission to an Amended Child Protection Petition is in the children's best interest.

She also said she is committed to working on a case plan for the children to be returned to her custody and care.

Rebecca McConkey-Greene, attorney for the petitioner, said the petitioner accepted and was happy with the admission.

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"We do hope the agency will continue to monitor the kids and make sure they are doing well and safe in her care going forward," she said.

McConkey-Greene did note the petitioner wished for the woman to have taken ownership for her actions.

Since going to trial would not result in more services for the woman, the petitioner felt it was best to accept the admission, according to McConkey-Greene.

The case began in January after allegations of abuse were brought against two mothers. Combined, the women cared for 10 children.

The case against the other woman is still pending, and she faces criminal charges of three counts of malicious punishment of a child.

Judge Rebekka Stumme said the next steps are for a review hearing to be held in 90 days. The hearing was scheduled for Jan. 24.

The oldest child involved in this case is also undergoing a permanency petition and the court scheduled that hearing for Nov. 29.

Stumme thanked the parties involved for coming to an agreement, adding a resolution before a trial usually results in the best scenario for the children.

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"I am very appreciative of doing everything you can to focus on what is important here, which is the children," she said.

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