Eric Ziegler, 38 and Amy Fabbrini, 31, are proud parents of two beautiful boys, the 4-year-old Christopher and 8-month-old Hunter. The couple is now fighting a legal battle after losing custody of their children because both were designated as “not smart enough” to care for them.
The mom was unaware about her first pregnancy until the third trimester and it that period she did not receive formal examination or treatment and went into advance labor at their home and gave birth to Christopher.
Her partner, the 38-year-old Eric was already diagnosed with a mental disability and was receiving financial aid through the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income program.
Their second son, the newborn Hunter was also placed in foster care following past allegations brought against them.
At that time Fabbrini`s father and his wife were acting like a primary caregiver because he believed his daughter did not have the “instincts to be a mother.”
After taking a required IQ test, Fabbrini scored a meager 72 and Ziegler a 66 which categorized him under extremely low “intellectual disability” range.
There was no evidence that the couple were “being neglectful” towards their children. The couple firmly believes their sons were taken away for one reason only, not being smart enough to be parents.
Unfortunately, they are not the only couple facing this issue. According to Inside Edition :
The most definitive national survey on disabled parents to date found that some 40 to 80% of developmentally challenged parents have their children taken by child welfare authorities.
I don’t think that IQ has anything to do with raising your kids. The only thing that should matter… is that you love them, you’re able to support them, and that you’re just there for them and their needs. And I can do that, Amy said.
Eric Ziegler and Amy Fabbrini trying \ to bring their sons home and for now they only have visitation right under the supervision of another.
Do you think that IQ has anything to do with raising kids and should people with mental disabilities be allowed to have children?