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Custody fight to focus on Illinois mom’s role in 2003 deaths

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CHICAGO (AP)  An Illinois woman convicted of child endangerment in the 2003 drowning deaths of her three children is fighting a state agency’s decision to take away the three children she has had since serving five years in prison after her conviction.

Amanda Ware and her husband have been involved in a custody battle with the state Department of Children and Family Services since March 2014, when their children were removed from their care. The Bloomington Pantagraph  reports that prosecutors are expected to replay portions of Wade’s 2006 trial in which she was acquitted of murder but convicted of child endangerment.

On Monday, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Joan Pernecke argued that Wade disclosed plans in 1995 to kill herself by drowning in a lake, serving as the groundwork for her children’s deaths in Clinton Lake.
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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com