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Family's battle with DCS over baby's custody finally over


A couple's frustrating battle with the Department of Children's Services regarding custody of their child is finally over.

Channel 4 News first told the story of baby Jeffrey McQuistin in December 2012, when DCS placed him in a foster home because his parents were homeless at the time.

Now, after a successful probationary period, the baby is back with his parents for good.

Candice Griffin and Willard McQuistin are no longer under the jurisdiction of DCS, and the judge agreed they are doing fine.

The parents fought long and hard to prove they loved their infant son and could give him a good home if given the chance.

"This kid right here, my boy, has been taken care of from day one. Just because we was homeless, they had no reason to take him from us," said McQuistin.

"I'm excited to have him back," said Griffin.

DCS took custody of their son a week before Christmas, because the couple was without a home. In a court hearing, the couple proved they had gotten a place to stay, but DCS didn't return baby Jeffrey until March.

Jeffrey was born with medical problems, and his parents say his health suffered while in a foster home.

"His butt was blistered. It was red, it was bloody," Griffin said.

He also had a bulge in his stomach no one could explain, and his feeding tube was infected.

In juvenile court Thursday, a judge ruled Jeffrey is being well cared for and the parents are now free of the DCS. Their baby is home for good.

"He's all ours. We don't have to worry about DCS coming out anymore," Griffin said.

"It's a weight been lifted off our shoulders. I can't explain the emotions I'm feeling right now. It's overwhelming," McQuistin said.

It's been a five-month ordeal, and now the couple is just glad to be taking their baby home.

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