My question involves neglect in the State of: TN
My wife and I received custody of a child last year, due to the mother racking up 6 felonies and 17 misdemeanors in a span of 3 months. The case was directly handled by TN Juvenile Court system.
From testimonies from CPS/DCS and lack of corrective action taken by the bio mother (meaning more criminal charges), the child was deemed by the Juvenile Court judge to be "found dependent and neglected". In TN, a first offense of child neglect, involving a child under 8 years of age, I believe, is classified as a CLASS E Felony. This ruling was in March of this year.
Is there a reason the mother was not charged with Child Neglect for this?
Would no sentence be "normal" for rulings like this in Juvenile Court?