Nearly two years before the murder of six Houston siblings, a state district judge denied a request by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to keep them in foster care, according to a memo sent to members of the Legislature on Tuesday.

Six children belonging to Valerie Jackson were taken into foster care on Sept. 19, 2013. But nearly a month later, they were ordered returned to their mother, according to an email sent on Tuesday to Texas lawmakers.

“On October 10, 2013 Judge Glen Devlin court ordered the children back home with their mother Valerie Jackson,” Jamie McCormick, external relations manager at the Department of Family and Protective Services, wrote to lawmakers. “The judge denied the Department request to continue legal intervention due to cooperation from the parents.”

Source: Judge Ordered Children Out of Foster Care in 2013 | The Texas Tribune

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