$900 Trillion Suit
February 8, 2012 by staff
$900 Trillion Suit, A $900 trillion suit. That’s trillion with a “t,” and it’s the amount in damages which a West Brighton woman seeks from the city for, she alleges, improperly placing her two sons in a Queens foster home more than three years ago.
Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, recently sued the city and its Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in Brooklyn federal court, claiming the defendants had violated both her civil rights and her children’s by removing the boys from their home here in June 2008.
The children, then 12 and 10 years old, are now 16 and 13, respectively. They have been out of their mother’s custody since being relocated to Queens.
Ms. Ogunbayo alleges she and her children have suffered “over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries” due to their separation.
In removing the boys, the city contended Ms. Ogunbayo was mentally unstable and had refused treatment, said court papers. She allegedly suffered from hallucinations and delusions, and also left the boys at home alone for extended periods while she was working, the city maintained.
Ms. Ogunbayo, who is representing herself, has branded the allegations a “huge lie.”
A recent appellate court ruling may provide her some legal ammunition.
Last month, the state Appellate Division, Second Department, in a separate legal case, vacated the Family Court finding of neglect against Ms. Ogunbayo.
There was no evidence, the appellate panel determined, the children were ever in “imminent danger” of harm despite Ms. Ogunbayo’s refusal to acknowledge her mental condition.
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