Indian kids in foster crisis
From his bench on the second floor of Hennepin County’s juvenile courthouse, Judge Luis Bartolomei will determine the future of five American Indian families.
Among them: A father accused of beating his 8-year-old daughter. A mother who gave birth to a methadone-addicted baby. A mother who at one point shot up heroin eight times a day.
“Oh my God,” Bartolomei says in his chambers as he reads the county’s report about the heroin case. “Oh my God.”