I missed the one case. It was continued. But I did get to watch an abuse/neglect case yesterday. It involved a child who suffered traumatic brain injury at age 7 months from multiple skull fractures. I have a seven month old, so it hit a bit too close to home. I sat there and listened as witness after witness tried to explain away the injury as accidental. This child "jumped" out of one person's arms, fell off a bed three times, ran into a wall when crawling, was fed sweet tea from a bottle, as well as chocolate cake that probably accounted for her projectile vomiting, and didn't sleep well at night which accounted for her "passing out." Both children were born addicted to drugs. Another family member was supposed to raise the children and keep mom away, but after mom's 27 day (got kicked out of program early) stint at rehab, they just knew she was "cured." I know my eyes rolled in my head several times. Over lunch, which I could not eat, I asked the attorney how she does it. She said you just adapt. But I noticed she doesn't have children. We got finished a bit early. The Judge immediately found the children neglected, but needed to review the 6 inch thick stack of medical evidence for ruling any further. As if multiple skull fractures on all sides of the head could ever be caused by a simple fall off the bed? So the children remain out of the home for now. I decided not to return to the office, but instead pick up my two children and love on them. What really gets me - is that I spent several hours in the same courtroom with someone, although we couldn't prove who, inflicted those injuries on a child.
No worries about me ever switching over to do this kind of work. I'll fill in when absolutely necessary. But I can't do that stuff - because I'd soon be a defendant in a murder trial.