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Friday, December 27, 2013
SUMMARY: A juvenile court cannot allow an attorney to withdraw without a showing that the attorney made diligent efforts to notify the parent of his intent to withdraw. Due process was violated because the court excused the mother’s attorney from representing her at the TPR trial without notifying...Read more
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the father was incarcerated and would remain so for the length of the child’s minority. In November 2011, Aereelle was removed from the mother’s home. A supplemental petition was filed on October 9, 2012, as to her father, PaceLeon, that...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where he was incarcerated for much of the child’s life, failed to visit or have contact with the child and failed to intervene in the case. Dayton, DOB 6/07, went under the legal guardianship of his maternal grandmother, Ivy, when he...Read more
Filed on
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
SUMMARY: Evidence supported terminating the mother’s parental rights when the mother was incarcerated and the children had all spent significant portions of their lives in foster care, even though there was evidence that the mother attempted to maintain contact with the children. On September 18,...Read more
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights based largely on events stemming from a decade-old child death was proper because the mother has not shown she will prioritize her children’s safety given her current relationship and her less-than-forthcoming responses. A cross-appeal will not be considered...Read more
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper when the father took over a year to establish paternity, did not participate in offered services, and was incarcerated for most of the child’s life. In April, 2009, Kaira (DOB 1/2009) was removed from her mother’s home following her mother’s arrest...Read more
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SUMMARY: Evidence was sufficient to support a father’s termination of parental rights when the father was incarcerated for all of the child’s life and had made no progress toward reunification. Kelly, father of Adlai (DOB 7/2007), was incarcerated for robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother did not show continued improvement over the two years the children were in foster care, the children thrived when they did not have contact with the mother, and the mother failed to take responsibility and instead blamed the...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where the child had been in foster care 19 months and the father had done little to comply with the case plan, including working on domestic violence issues. Mario Jr., DOB 2/10, was removed from the mother at birth and an amended...Read more
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the father had been incarcerated for a full term of almost 50 years and had failed to contact or provide for the child. Jaylyn, DOB 10/08, was removed from the mother’s home in October 23, 2009. The mother’s parental rights were eventually...Read more

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