An Oregon couple is fighting to regain custody of their two children, after the state determined they were incapable of caring for them because their low IQ.
“They’re thinking that because we have this disability, we can’t safely parent our children,” the mother, Amy Fabbrini, told KTVZ-TV in a recent interview.
According to court documents, the 31-year-old and her partner Eric Ziegler, 38, have “limited cognitive abilities” that leave them incapable of providing a safe living environment for their children. Psychological evaluations revealed Fabbrini has an IQ of 72, placing her in the category of “extremely low to borderline range of intelligence.” Ziegler scored a 66, which is considered in “mild range of intellectual disability.” The average IQ is between 90 and 110.
“We personally think that IQ shouldn’t have anything to do with it,” Fabbrini said. “As long as you have the abilities of being able to support for your child, being able to care for your child.”
The couple’s battle began four years ago, when the Oregon Department of Human Services took away their first son, Christopher, just four days after his birth. Crime Online reported that Fabbrini didn’t even realize she was pregnant with Christopher until she gave birth—chalking her symptoms up to reoccurring kidney pain. Fabbrini, meanwhile, told KTVZ-TV that the state intervened after a friend who was living with them reported Ziegler was “neglecting” the child and not “picking up on his cues.” (Read more from “Oregon Controversially Removes Children From Home After Parents Are Determined to Have ‘Low IQ Scores'” HERE)