Social Services officials have taken an Oregon couple’s two children and placed them in foster care after the duo scored too low on a mandatory IQ test, as reported by Daily Mail.
Amy Fabbrini, 31, and Eric Ziegler, 38, are reeling after the state forcibly removed their kids, one a newborn. It all started when a relative to the couple expressed concern in a complaint to authorities.
They were forced to take an IQ test, in which they both scored on the lower end of the spectrum. Fabbrini scored 72 and Ziegler scored 68. The average score is around 100.
Ziegler’s IQ score categorized him under the mild “intellectual disability” range, while Fabbrini was categorized as having an “extremely low to borderline range of intelligence,” according to a copy of the child welfare report obtained by The Oregonian.
It must be noted that authorities have received no complaints of abuse or neglect, though one child welfare worker stated that Fabbrini was “sleeping with the baby on the floor and almost rolled over on him.”
There’s also the matter of Fabbrini’s most recent pregnancy. Daily Mail has reported that she was totally unaware that she was pregnant well into her third trimester, foregoing medical care completely and delivering the baby at home.
Fabbrini’s father, Raymond, has also spoken out against the couple, saying he doesn’t believe his own daughter has the “instincts to be a mother.”
Sherrene Hagenbach, an advocate to the couple, is attempting to fight back, telling reporters that allowing an IQ test to judge parental abilities is treading a dangerous path.
“They are saying they are intellectually incapable without any guidelines to go by,” she said. “If we’re going to get on that train, Bill Gates should take my children. There’s always somebody better than us, so it’s a very dangerous position to be in.”
Fabbrini’s aunt, Lenora Turner, is sticking by her niece, saying the decision was completely unfair.
“I honestly don’t understand why they can’t have their children. I go to the grocery store and I see other people with their children and they’re standing up in the grocery cart,” she said. “I think, how come they get to keep their children? How do they decide whose child they’re going to take and whose child can stay?”
The parents claim to have followed the letter of the law in regard to what the state demanded of them, with Fabbrini noting “we’ve just done everything and more than what they’ve asked us to.”
Fabbrini and Ziegler will continue to have visitation rights, though these visits must be supervised.
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