November 19, 2002 01:55 PM

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins has ordered that three adopted children — two girls and a boy aged 4 to 11 — removed from comic Paula Poundstone’s custody 17 months ago be returned to her. But her lawyer said on Monday it may be weeks before the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services turns over the kids, Reuters reports.

Attorney Richard Pfeiffer blamed conflicting orders from two other courts for the delay and said it could be “a day or two or it could be a week or two,” before the matter is resolved.

Judge Kamins said Friday that Poundstone, 42, had established an exemplary record during her probation for child endangerment and deserved to have her children returned to her. They have been living in foster homes since her arrest, and have only been allowed to visit with her for limited amounts of time and under strict supervision.

Poundstone voiced frustration over the delay in her custody situation in an interview Friday afternoon with the syndicated TV show “Celebrity Justice.”

“I’m sick of this. I’m angry on behalf of my children. I’m angry because it’s unfair,” she said. “I am not a public menace. I didn’t molest anyone. That is not what I was charged with. and they proceed as if that is … so that everybody can sort of let their imagination go wild.”

In a September 2001 plea-bargain deal, Poundstone pleaded no contest to a felony charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor count of injuring a child. Her lawyers have said the endangerment charge stemmed from Poundstone driving drunk with her children in the car.

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