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California Supreme Court clarifies use of testimony by young children

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday that a father should not have been removed from his home based on his 3-year-old daughter's claim that he had molested her.

In a ruling written by Justice Leondra Kruger, the justices said a juvenile court judge should not base a decision on the accuracy of statements by a child too young to testify unless the youngster's claims bear "special indicia of reliability."

The decision, which clarified

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