DCF accused of unlawfully separating family

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont Department for Children and Families is accused of illegally splitting up a family.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, a mother claims her three children were taken away on false claims of child and drug abuse. She says those claims were not thoroughly investigated.

DCF requested the case be dismissed but the judge said no. The judge is allowing DCF to continue investigating the mother.

Both sides will be back in court in 60 days.