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NC threshold high for removing children from homes

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Last Sunday, police say 26-year-old Orgal Opata left her four children at home. When she returned, her 1 and 2-year-old sons were dead. A kerosene heater ignited a fire in their house on Rowan Street. It wasn't the first time Opata left her kids home alone. In October, she was cited for child neglect and was scheduled to be in court today on those charges. She's also served time on cocaine and larceny convictions. Still, the head of Charlotte's Council for Children's Rights isn't surprised that Opata continued to have custody of her kids. Brett Loftis says the threshold for removing children from home is very high in North Carolina.