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Elderly man wins freedom after battle with state

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An elderly man taken against his will into state custody has won his legal battle and his freedom.

Charlie Fink, 85, left the nursing home on Friday where he had been in state custody since Feb. 26. The Department of Aging and Disability Services opted not to seek permanent guardianship of Fink after it evaluated him and reviewed his medical records.

A judge had already said he felt Fink could take care of himself.

Fink said he felt “like a million dollars” when he heard he won his battle against the state.

“Now I’m free, I ain’t coming back, I'm not coming back,” Fink said.

Fink’s case has been extensively covered by FOX4, revealing a system where independent elderly adults can be forced against their wishes into state guardianship with the state seizing control of their assets.

Fink had more than $1 million worth of assets.

Fink had been placed in a psych ward at Richardson Methodist Hospital after going in for hernia surgery in early February. Doctors were concerned he could not make good decisions concerning his health.

“Obviously we've had our ups and downs, but at the end we were able to get Charlie out and hopefully he'll be able to move on with his life and be able to continue the way he had before, but hopefully in a better way,” said Fink's, attorney Lysette Rios.

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