Husband, an attorney, dies of an apparent heart attack.
Wife, who has two young children from another relationship, is arrested on murder charges.
Wife was previously diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder with schizophrenic features, as well as pain medication addiction.
A dead dog, blood and human tissue are found in their home at the time of Wife’s arrest.
Husband had warned child welfare authorities that Wife could not care for her children alone.
Child welfare agency removes Wife’s children from her custody and seeks to terminate Wife’s parental rights to her children.
Authorities seek appointment of a guardian for Wife in the juvenile court proceedings, but the court court denies it.
The Court does appoint a guardian ad litem for the children though.
It is eventually determined that Husband’s death was a complication arising from old injuries unrelated to Wife.
But the child welfare agency persists in its efforts to terminate Wife’s parental rights and ensure that children are placed with their father.
The guardian ad litem takes the position that even supervised visitation with the children by Wife could be psychologically damaging to the children.