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Old 07-20-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
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Woman files $900 trillion lawsuit against NY City for placing kids in foster care

Mother Sues New York City for $900 Trillion
By Courtney Subramanian

A woman is filing a federal lawsuit against the City of New York for placing her children in foster care three years ago without her consent. Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, is seeking $900 trillion in damages from the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), claiming the city has violated both her and her children’s civil rights, the Staten Island Advance reports.

Ogunbayo contends that her children, now 16 and 13, have suffered from “over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries.” The city alleges the boys were taken into custody due to Ogunbayo’s mentally unfit state, for which she refused treatment. The city also claims the Staten Islander endangered her sons by leaving them home alone for long periods of time.

But according to the Advance, her accusations may have some merit. Earlier this year an appellate court ruled that there was no evidence the children were in danger due to Ogunbayo’s refusal to seek mental treatment. The boys maintained “near-perfect” attendance and good grades at school while under their mother’s care, the ruling said. They also were up to date on health examinations and vaccinations, and were of normal height and weight for their age.

Though the ruling should have reunited Ogunbayo with her sons, they remain under foster care. In filing her petition, Ogunbayo provides written letters from her children stating their desire to return home.

In response, the ACS filed a new petition to keep custody of the boys. According to complaints filed in 2008, Ogunbayo once allegedly complained to a doctor her children’s skin was becoming darker due to radiation, as well as warned their school that the FBI and the Secret Service were watching her sons.

Mother sues city for $900 trillion?yes, trillion?for placing children in foster care
Mother Files $900 Trillion Lawsuit Against NYC For Taking Her Kids Away - Forbes
Mother Files $900 Trillion Lawsuit Against NYC for Placing Sons in Foster Care | MadameNoire
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This reeks of an out of court settlement.
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interesting...and wow 900 trillion I guess she was hoping for media attention
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Should've just went for 1000 trillion or a quadrillion



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Wait. Does she have her kids back now?

If not then shouldn't she be trying to get back custody first before financial settlement?

I guess we kinda see where her motives lie now...
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Stop posting moldy news, Timpo. Hell, even the follow-up is old:
Federal judge dismisses Staten Island mom's $900 trillion civil-rights lawsuit | SILive.com

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It stands to reason that a Staten Island mom wouldn't realize anything close to the $900 trillion she sought from the city for placing her two sons in a Queens foster home in 2008.

But Fausat Ogunbayo, 48, won't see a penny now that a Brooklyn federal court judge has thrown out her civil-rights lawsuit.

District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said Ms. Ogunbayo - despite amending her court filings - failed to plead or show, for that matter, that her alleged damages were caused by a city policy or custom.

To establish liability against a municipality under the section of law she cited, Ms. Ogunbayo needed to claim and to demonstrate that her rights were violated by the application of a formal city policy or procedure, through an unlawful custom or use allowed by policy-making officials or through a "deliberate indifference" to the proper training of workers, said court rulings.

Ms. Ogunbayo, who filed the suit in January 2012 and represented herself, alleged that the removal of the boys from their West Brighton home in June 2008 violated both her civil rights and her children's.

She contended that she and her boys suffered "over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries" due to their separation.

The children, then 12 and 10 years old, are now 18 and 15.

In removing the boys, the city contended that Ms. Ogunbayo was mentally unstable and had refused treatment, said court papers. She allegedly suffered from hallucinations and delusions, and also left the boys at home alone for extended periods while she was working, the city maintained.

Ms. Ogunbayo, whom public records indicate now lives in Stapleton, branded the allegations a "huge lie."

She received some legal ammunition shortly before filing the federal suit when a state appellate court vacated a Staten Island Family Court judge's finding of neglect against her.

There was no evidence, the appellate panel determined, that the children were ever in "imminent danger" of harm despite Ms. Ogunbayo's refusal to acknowledge her mental condition.

"Proof of mental illness alone will not support a finding of neglect," without a causal link between the parent's condition and actual or potential harm to the child, said the court.

In fact, the youngsters had "near-perfect" attendance in school and "were doing well, even thriving, academically," while in their mother's care, the appellate division said. In addition, the boys were up to date on their medical examinations and vaccinations, and their heights and weights were appropriate for their ages, said the court.

The panel also recommended that the city Administration for Children's Services (ACS) provide - and Ms. Ogunbayo accept - "appropriate services or referrals" to aid her reunification with her children, after more than three years apart.

On Feb. 17, 2012, ACS returned Ms. Ogunbayo's younger son to her custody. Two months later, a Family Court finding held that Ms. Ogunbayo had neglected her children by failing to visit them or communicate with ACS between June 8, 2011, and Feb. 15, 2012, said court records.

Ms. Ogunbayo, who denied abandoning her boys, was placed under ACS supervision, court documents said.

Her older son was, for a time, housed in juvenile detention for a criminal offense, said court papers. He was later released and remained in foster care until Nov. 15, 2012, court documents said.

Ms. Ogunbayo also sued the ACS in her federal action. That part of the case was dismissed in December 2012, court documents show.

"We agree with Judge Garaufis' decision," said Charles Carey, assistant corporation counsel in the city Law Department's General Litigation Division. "The plaintiff in these cases failed to demonstrate any violation of her constitutional rights."

Ms. Ogunbayo did not immediately return a telephone message left Tuesday seeking comment.
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the admin team is busy controlling the CiC / Sharktank accounts -- between the amounts of wikipedia/youtube documentaries the revscene team must read to keep up CiC's discussions and keep the Sharktank account going, Timpo's role as an agitator of revscene's community is diminishing as they shift their focus


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