In Matter of Ella B. the New York Court of Appeals held that an indigent parent has a right to assigned counsel in all child neglect proceedings and must be advised of this right by the court. The case commenced when the Commissioner of Social Services of Westchester County filed a petition in the Family Court charging the respondentmother, Jeri B., with neglect of her three-year-old daughter. In the petition it was alleged that the parent had left her child alone at home, harnessed in a crib, from 1:00 A.M. until 4:00 A.M. During this period a friend of the mother allegedly kidnapped and raped the child.
"Matter of Ella B.,"
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