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Clinton couple files civil rights lawsuit

Clinton couple files civil rights lawsuit



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CLINTON, Utah (AP) -- An interracial couple in Clinton has filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming they lost custody of their children because their family doesn't look like a typical one in Utah.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights in Denver began investigating the case in August. Kelvin and Sharon Davis' three children -- ages 4, 2 and 1 -- were put into foster care in 2006.

The lawsuit says biases against Kelvins race, age and disability motivated the removal process. He is black and 50; his wife is 25 and white. Kelvin Davis has also been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The couple says attorneys involved in the case relied exclusively on hearsay to support their claims that Kelvin Davis is abusive. The Attorney General's Office has not received the lawsuit yet.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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