By NOWAHEEN, N.Y. — The mother of a young boy with cerebral palsy was arrested and charged with child support for her son, who suffers from epilepsy.
The family has sued the city of New York and the state of New Jersey, alleging the city’s law is unfair and unfair-of-court, and the lawsuit is seeking more than $3 million in damages.
The family of a toddler with cerebral neurodegenerative disorder is seeking to have her arrested.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court says the mother, Rachel Harkins, 30, of Mount Vernon, was arrested in March on charges of child support and illegal child labor.
The suit also alleges the state has been negligent and violated Harkens rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Thursday.
The suit filed on behalf of Harkons two sons, Ethan, 9, and Daniel, 8, states the parents of the boys are entitled to financial support for their two children because the children have disabilities, which are described as “complex and debilitating.”
The suit also claims the city and the New York State Department of Education “failed to adequately accommodate the children’s disabilities and failed to protect them from exploitation and abuse by adults who were aware of their disabilities.”
The case is Harkin v.
New York City Department of the Correction and New York Public Schools, et al., 9-cv-00938, New York Supreme Court.
Harkins was released from jail on bail and a hearing has been scheduled for Monday.