Posted on November 5, 2019 at 6:49 AM
Andrew Lamorie is not a sympathetic plaintiff. He and his wife are jailed in Arizona on murder and child abuse charges after the death of their 2-year-old Gabriella Lamorie.
Lamorie has filed a civil lawsuit from jail, arguing that the state violated his parental rights by taking his daughter off life support without notifying him. He claims that his “parental rights were never severed through any form of due process.” Therefore, CPS’s actions were illegal.
Lamorie may have a case. Even though one might question the motives and best interest judgments of parents arrested for child abuse, many states do not permit guardians to authorize the termination of life-sustaining treatment until there has been a permanent termination of parental rights.