A mother’s parental rights should not be terminated due to mere speculation that her estranged spouse — who may have been responsible for another child’s death — poses a danger to a living one, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

The court, in Division of Youth and Family Services v. G.L., A-83-06, ordered the mother’s parental rights reinstated so long as she agrees that her husband, now serving a prison term for child endangerment, not be allowed to live in the home once he is released.

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