Generation in Crisis: Taylor County courts clogged up with CPS cases

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - It's a problem that's plaguing Taylor County. An increase in child protective services cases.

County officials say it's clogging up the court system.

"I'm on the bench 8:30 to 5:30 almost everyday," stated Judge Paul Rotenberry.

Judge Rotenberry is blaming an explosion of methamphetamine use for this rise in cases.

"I don't have a lot of sympathy for excuses given to me about why they can't get off drugs," added Judge Rotenberry, "or why they have to expose their children to drugs."

He's hearing excuses almost daily from parents who's kids test positive for drugs.

"I've heard everything from, 'there's no way that test can be right, it's a lying hair follicle,'" Judge Rotenberry said, "to 'the people who lived in our house before were meth addicts it must have been imbedded in the walls.'"

Judge Rotenberry says he is doing emergency removals on a regular basis.

The 326th district courtroom is so full, other courtrooms are having to take some CPS cases.


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