NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Jenny Hatch, a young woman with Down Syndrome, has gotten a new attorney in hopes of moving out of a group home.
Hatch, 28, has been in and out of courts for months. Her mother fought to keep Jenny in a group home, but Jenny has repeatedly said she wants to live with her friends, Kelly Morris and Jim Talbert, who say they will gladly take her in.
The implications of Jenny's case are gaining statewide attention. The State of Virginia was recently sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for putting too many people like Jenny into group homes, instead of single family homes like Morris and Talbert's.
This week, Jenny was appointed an attorney provided the by the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, who will co-counsel Jenny's case with Robert Brown.
Legal Director Jonathan Martinis specializes in cases like Jenny's and says he will fight for her freedom starting with the guardianship trial in May.
Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry said that during the last two weeks, incidents of breaking and entering and home or vehicle larceny have increased in two areas of the county.
A Facebook post helped Elizabeth City Police identify and locate the suspect of a hit-and-run incident involving a 3-year-old this week.
As Newport News Fire Chief Scott Liebold plans to retire at the end of this month, the city is looking for his replacement -- and they want your help.