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Law Aims to Toughen Requirements to Regain Custody

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A bill to make it tougher for criminal parents to get their kids back is making its way through the General Assembly, but could meet some resistance in the Senate.

The bill, known as Jaidon's Law, aims to set tougher parameters on parents who petition a court to regain custody.

Under the legislation, the judge over the case would have to consider whether the parents had passed at least three drug tests in the previous few months.

That way, if a judge released a child back to a parent who had failed a drug test, and then something happened to that child, that judge could "lose his job," according to S.C. Rep. Mike Forrester (R-Spartanburg) said.

Jaidon Morris was a 22-month-old Pickens County child who was taken from his parents and placed with a foster family in Spartanburg.

Jaidon's parents petitioned the court to regain custody of him, and they won. But a few days later, Jaidon died from an overdose of a narcotic cough syrup, and Forrester says the parents were on drugs.

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