Judge explains why he sent home kids killed in mass shooting

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HOUSTON - The weekend massacre of a Harris County family has now evolved into finger-pointing by the state’s Child Protective Services and the district court judge who returned the kids to their home.

David Conley stands accused of executing eight people, six children and two adults, over several hours, including his son, his former partner Valerie Jackson and her husband Dwayne, the father of the other children.

Judge Glenn Devlin ordered the children into protective custody in 2013 after various incidents going back two years.

He dismissed the case involving Valerie Jackson and Conley on March 19, 2014.

Now, in an unusual move, Judge Devlin sent a letter to the news media defending the dismissal. And he seems to lay the responsibility on CPS and the Ad Litem or court-appointed guardian, writing that “at no time did CPS state that there was a current or immediate threat of violence from anyone. Throughout the participation in service case, CPS never claimed there was any danger to the children and CPS or Ad Litem was making weekly visits with the family.”

Earlier this week, the Department of Family Protective Services wrote to legislators that “the judge denied the department request to continue legal intervention due to cooperation from the parents.”

And in an email to NewsFix, a department spokesman explained that the term “continue legal intervention” means “CPS asked that the judge continue his oversight of our case. It does not mean we asked the judge to keep the children in foster care,”because“ they were no longer in care at the time of the March 19 hearing.”

Judge Devlin concluded his defense by absolving the state and the court of responsibility based on the case presented nearly 17 months ago. Something tells us the questions and the finger-pointing are far from over.


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