Lisa Arnold is 20 years old and has Down syndrome and the mental capacity of a 3-year-old.
Before a Davidson County judge ordered her to have only supervised visits with her mother, Lisa peddled The Contributor newspaper with her mother at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Franklin Road in Brentwood.
Together, they were one of the top sellers of the newspaper sold by the homeless.
But in January, a group including a disability advocate, a singer-songwriter and a former police officer brought concerns of Lisa’s health and safety under her mother’s care to Probate Judge Randy Kennedy. He ordered a local lawyer to serve as her court-appointed guardian to represent her interests in the courtroom. He granted temporary conservatorship over Lisa to Belinda Mitchell, a caseworker with The Arc of Davidson County, a nonprofit that helps the disabled.
Lisa now lives in a group home for disabled women and attends Harris-Hillman Special Education School.
A hearing to determine whether Lisa should remain in the court’s care or return to her mother will be held June 8.
Lisa’s mother, Renee Arnold, is fighting the conservatorship.
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