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Texas mother fights to keep children after drowning

It is unfathomable to think of any parent hurting their child. When accidents cause injury or death to children, the parents may be considered negligent and held responsible. While struggling with loss and guilt over the accident, parents may also struggle with maintaining custody of their surviving children. For one Texas mother, the accidental drowning of three of her children leaves her an emotional wreck and fighting for custody of her surviving two.

An Irving mother has not yet regained custody of her surviving two children after being arrested in connection with the drowning deaths of three of her children. The mother testified that she felt that swimming in the apartment complex pool posed no threat to her or her five children. She was reportedly playing with her 3-year-old son when she lost sight of her three children also in the pool. Those children, ages 9, 10, and 11 were able to float and doggie paddle when they apparently went underwater.

The mother told authorities that she set her son at the edge of the pool and tried to locate her other three children, even diving underwater to try to find them. After her arrest, she told authorities that there was nothing she could do to save them. Another child of hers, a 6-year-old daughter was not in the pool at the time of the drowning.

The two surviving children have been in protective custody since the arrest. The judge hearing the matter ordered the mother to have a psychological evaluation as well as random drug screenings and parenting classes. Once the mother meets the ordered requirements, the judge will consider reinstating her custody rights.

To many parents, losing custody of their children is not an option. Whether facing a custody battle during divorce or because of other issues, parents with a skilled attorney by their side may fare better than those fighting alone.

Source: NBCDFW.com, "Mother Fights For Custody of Surviving Children After Three Drowned in Irving Pool," Jocelyn Lockwood, Oct. 15, 2015

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