Plan to unite baby, mother

Details are lacking, but county, Perrys trying to reunite family

Things are slowly moving forward in the case of Dorothy Perry (pictured), the 22-year-old developmentally disabled mother who made local television and newspaper news (see “Where is my baby?” Newslines, June 25) after Butte County Children’s Services took away her 13-day-old baby, Jacob, on April 10.

The agency reportedly took the baby, who has a cleft palate, because it was showing signs of “failure to thrive,” even though it had gained weight since leaving the hospital.

On July 16 Perry was in Butte County Juvenile Court with her public defender, Dale Rasmussen, her parents, Al and Rita Perry, and her close friend and neighbor Amanda Farrell for a dispositional hearing.

Presiding Judge Tamara Mosberger denied requests by the Chico News & Review and Channel 24 News to attend the “dispo.”

According to a source, who spoke minimally about the results of the hearing, plans to reunify Jacob with his mother and grandparents—with whom he lived before he was put into foster care—are under way, contingent upon certain conditions being met.