HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut couple whose two young sons were temporarily taken away by the state 16 years ago over a doctor’s disputed abuse opinion has lost a bid to reinstate a lawsuit against the state child welfare agency.
The state Appellate Court on Monday rejected an appeal by former Newtown residents Michele and Craig Sienkiewicz (SINK-eh-witz). The couple sued the state Department of Children and Families and agency officials for emotional pain and humiliation. A lower court dismissed their lawsuit.
The state took custody of the boys in 2000 after one of them was found to have broken ribs shortly after birth. A doctor reported it as abuse. The parents said the injuries occurred during birth.
A judge sided with the parents. The children were returned to them after several months.
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