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Jurors deliver blow to CPS case

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Jurors in a local Child Protective Services trial didn't side with the state or its expert witnesses in a case one lawyer said will have future implications for people fighting the agency.

"When the verdict was read I saw a mother's heart come back to life," said Waxahachie defense lawyer Mark Griffith.

"It is nice to know….for all parents, that the Big Machine that is CPS can be beaten. I have never felt such love as I did when I hugged my client after the verdict….her heart and soul (her son) will be coming home."

Several other CPS cases were not so lucky.Garrett resident Natalie Johnson said CPS investigators in Ellis County were making allegations against her, all outside a courtroom.

To this day, Johnson said she and her daughter are targeted based off of untrue allegations.

One mom, Tasha Bryant, said CPS investigators in the Waxahachie office told her they were retaliating against her for taking her story to The Ellis County Press.

The recent win before Ellis County Court of Law No.1 was the first win in Ellis County Mark Griffith said he could remember.

"These parents and the family have been through enough, a fight that has lasted over a year and a half," Griffith said.

"I am not sure, after trying well over 100 jury trials, that this was not my most important. There is nothing more important than family and this family will be back together."

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