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Judge asks for more info on Everett children

August 20, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two children of New York Mets outfielder Carl Everett will remain in a city foster home until at least Sept. 5 under a Family Court judge’s ruling.

Five-year-old Shawna Everett and 4-year-old Carl Everett have been in city custody since Aug. 7 as officials investigate whether their father and his wife have abused the children.

At a Tuesday hearing, Queens Family Court Judge Richard M. Berman asked all parties in the case to submit ``comprehensive legal briefs″ stating their positions by Sept. 5 to help him reach a final decision. Berman did not say when he might rule.

The judge’s order came just four days after a Florida judge’s recommendation that Shawna should live at least temporarily in Florida with her maternal grandmother, Delores Brown.

Berman’s order means that Shawna and Carl will remain together in a foster home under control of the city Administration of Child Services, agency spokeswoman Maggie Lear said.

The children were taken into city custody after a child care worker at Shea Stadium noticed bruises on Shawna. Although police found no evidence to charge Everett or his wife with a crime, a fact-finding hearing is necessary under city law before ACS can return the children to their parents.

No bruises were found on the boy.

The Mets were at home Tuesday night to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everett, who missed three games on the team’s road trip last week to attend hearings, returned to the lineup last Friday.