An 8-year-old will be back home for the holidays as custody of the child was re-vested with the mother this week in a hearing in Highland County Juvenile Court.
The child has been in the temporary custody of Children Services for a little over a year. The 8-year-old was initially removed from the home because of the mother’s drug use, but since the case began the mother and the child’s stepfather have engaged in and successfully completed case plans through Children Services in an effort to be reunified with the child.
As is typical in this sort of case, the child’s return home will be under court-ordered protective supervision for a time.
In another hearing, a Highland County teenage girl was sentenced in the juvenile court on a felony charge she admitted to in Franklin County.
The 14-year-old previously admitted in the other county to an allegation that she had disseminated photos of herself. The photos were of such a nature as to warrant the charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor, which is a third-degree felony.
Highland County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Greer ordered the teenager to remain in treatment counseling in which she is currently engaged. She also has a suspended commitment to detention and is on community control indefinitely.
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