HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston judge has reprimanded Texas Child Protective Services for not justifying removal of premature infant twins from their parents’ custody.

The Houston Chronicle reports state District Judge Michael Schneider called CPS removal of the infant daughters of Darcy and Tye Miller of Spring a “groundless cause of action” and ordered the agency to pay their $32,000 legal bill

Darcy Miller brought one of the girls to the hospital with a case of bronchitis, and a chest X-ray showed several healing rib fractures. At CPS request the Millers agreed to place their three children with in-laws, but CPS took emergency custody of their three children anyway.

After a court-appointed attorney for the children agreed abuse wasn’t proved, Schneider ruled CPS acted in bad faith and returned the children.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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