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Legal challenge as Austrian with IQ of 64 loses kids

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Legal challenge as Austrian with IQ of 64 loses kids
Lawyer Nikolaus Rast is representing the mother. Photo: www.anwaltrast.a
16:41 CEST+02:00
A top Austrian lawyer is challenging a decision by social workers to take away a woman's two young children because she has an IQ of 64.

Mother of two Evelin Müller, 34, who lives in the rural community of Statzendorf in the province of Lower Austria was told by social workers that with an IQ of only 64, she was not regarded as smart enough to be able to raise them properly.

As a result the two children, six-month-old Victoria and two-year-old Ryan, were taken into care with a plan to hand them over to foster parents.

But now she has been given help from the children's charity "Fly" which believes the decision to remove the children was not the right one, and who have arranged for lawyer Nikolaus Rast to challenge the decision in court.

In the initial appearance, the mother was in tears as she explained she still could not believe that they had taken her beloved children away.

The reason she was told was that an IQ of 64, which is well below the normal range of between 85 and 115, was not regarded as enough to properly care for children.  According to the normal distribution, one out of every 122 people have an IQ of 64 or below.

The lawyer pointed out that despite the criticism of her IQ, the mother had still managed to complete her secondary school education. He now wants social workers to give the children back.

Story courtesy of Central European News.

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