ROSEDALE, Md. —Serious allegations against a foster parent led to criminal charges, but prosecutors eventually dropped the case. Now, he and his wife are fighting to get the grandchildren the state removed from their home returned.
From toys to shoes, the rooms in the Thomases' Rosedale home are ready. All that Berlie Thomas, a foster parent for 29 years, wants is the state to allow her to care for children once again, especially the three grandchildren she and her husband, Robert Lee Thomas, took in as foster children when his daughter became unable to care for them.
"This is going to be a very big challenge for me, but I'm going to fight them. They're not going to keep my grandkids," Berlie Thomas said.
Last year, the Department of Social Services removed the grandchildren -- 2-year-old twin girls and an 8-month-old boy -- after serious allegations arose against Robert Lee Thomas. A child who the couple took in back in 2006 who hadn't lived with them for more than six years accused Robert Lee Thomas of sexual abuse and rape. Police arrested him. He denies the allegations.