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Woman sues after kids taken, phone call denied after arrest

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - An Alabama woman is suing several Tennessee agencies after her 2016 arrest led to the loss of her children and job as a result of what she says were violations of her civil rights.

News outlets reported Monday that 34-year-old Tracy Marie Garth filed suit in federal court in April for $2.5 million, centering on the claim that she was held in Williamson County Jail for two weeks without being allowed to make a phone call, following her arrest for traffic violations in Franklin.

The lawsuit claims that after her arrest, Garth's two children were taken to the Franklin Police Department, where one sustained severe burns. The suit also says a division of child services investigator later filed a petition containing false information to put the children in foster care.

The Franklin Police Department issued a statement about the arrest and the child's burns.

On April 25, 2016, Franklin Police arrested Tracy Garth for three counts of Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, two counts of violating the Child Restraint Law, two counts of Felony Evading, and multiple other moving violations.

Following Garth’s arrest, officers called DCS to assist with caring for Garth’s young children after she was unable to provide contact information for other family or next of kin. While officers were waiting for DCS, one of the children was burned by hot water after pushing a button on a dispenser in the Police Department break room. Emergency Medical Services were called and the child was transported to Vanderbilt, treated, and released to DCS.

Though our legal counsel has advised us not to discuss the particulars of this case outside of the courtroom, we hope that the public recognizes that there are two sides to every story. In the meantime, we hope that the people whom we serve know how earnestly we care for their rights, their safety, and especially their children.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office declined to comment on litigation.

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