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Name: In re Karen R.
Case #: B149292
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 3
Opinion Date: 12/10/2001
Subsequent History: Partially published, 1/9/02, as modified.
Summary

The oldest female minor in this dependency case was raped and physically abused by her father. Her younger siblings, including a brother, witnessed the physical abuse, but not the sexual abuse. All the minors were made dependents of the court. On appeal, mother contended that there was insufficient evidence to show that the male minor was at risk of sexual abuse. The appellate court affirmed. Given the facts of the case, every minor in the home regardless of gender was in substantial danger of sexual abuse by the father. Further, substantial evidence supported the removal of the younger minors, given the severe abuse of their older sibling, and the fact that mother assisted in the abuse. Finally, the reunification orders were adequate even though they gave no specific directive regarding mother’s continuing relationship with the father.