***Media Advisory*** House panel to consider measures on foster care


***Media Advisory***

                                                                                               House panel to consider measures on foster care

WHO: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; members of the House Judiciary Committee; and interested parties.

WHAT:  Committee hearing on Senate Bill 320 testimony by 7-year-old Leo Ratte

WHEN:  Tomorrow, April 26
  10:30 a.m.

House Office Building
Room 521
124 N. Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI

BRIEF: A notorious foster care case occurred when 7-year-old Leo Ratte attended a Detroit Tigers ball game with his father in 2008. Leo was placed in foster care for three days and two nights when his father Christopher Ratte, a classics professor at the University of Michigan, inadvertently gave him a Mike’s Hard Lemonade, not knowing it was an alcoholic drink.

Leo was placed in foster care, even though physicians from Children’s Hospital found no alcohol in his blood and determined he was fine. When his mother Claire Zimmerman tried to get her child, she was denied although there were no charges against her.

Editor’s Note: Absolutely no pictures of Leo will be allowed to be taken during the committee hearing. Other photographs will be allowed