A family court judge ruled that the logic behind criminal courts admitting hearsay statements when defendants have intimidated witnesses may also apply to a child protective matter.

Brooklyn Family Court Judge Jacqueline Deane ordered a hearing to determine if out-of-court statements a mother made to law enforcement and to Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) personnel should be admissible under the so-called Sirois doctrine in a proceeding involving her 2-year-old child.

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