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AP Exclusive: Kids illegally rehomed by NC child welfare agency may be uprooted again

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MURPHY, NC (AP) -

An Associated Press investigation has found that a western North Carolina child welfare agency has been illegally removing potentially hundreds of children from their homes.

Those same children are now facing the possibility of being uprooted again -- including some who have spent years adjusting to their new lives.

One of the parents, Brian Hogan, says the Cherokee County Department of Social Services threatened to throw him in jail or place his child in foster care if he didn't sign an agreement giving away custody of his daughter.

To remove a child from a biological parent, social workers must get a court order from a judge.

Not only did child-welfare workers bypass that critical legal step with Hogan, they did the same thing with an untold number of other parents.

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