Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

In re S.B.

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Second District

July 19, 2013

IN THE MATTER OF: S.B.

(Juvenile Appeal from (Common Pleas Court) Trial Court Case No. 2012-JC-25

JAMES S. ARMSTRONG, Atty. Reg. #0020638, Attorney for Appellant, Mother

KEVIN TALEBI, Atty. Reg. #0069198, Attorney for Appellee, Champaign County Children Services

JACOB JEFFRIES, Atty. Reg. #0078470, Daniel and Jeffries, Guardian Ad Litem

OPINION

HALL, J.

{¶ 1} S.B.'s Mother appeals the trial court's order of disposition that gives temporary custody of her daughter Autumn[1] to Autumn's father. Mother argues that the court should have given temporary custody of Autumn to her maternal grandmother. Finding no reversible error, we affirm.

I. Facts

{¶ 2} On June 28, 2012, Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) filed a complaint asking the trial court to adjudicate Autumn either a neglected child under R.C. 2151.03(A)(2) or a dependent child under R.C. 2151.04(C). CCDJFS sought protective supervision, or alternatively, custody to a relative, temporary custody, permanent custody, or placement in a planned permanent living arrangement. Father filed a motion for legal custody. The court appointed a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent Autumn's interests. On CCDJFS's oral motion at a pre-adjudication hearing, the court issued temporary orders while the case was pending that gave Grandmother temporary custody of Autumn and placed Autumn under the protective supervision of CCDJFS. At the adjudication hearing, Mother admitted to Autumn's dependency, and with the agreement of all parties, the court dismissed the neglect charge and found Autumn dependent.

{¶ 3} At the dispositional hearing, Autumn's caseworkers, the GAL, Mother, Grandmother, and Father testified. The GAL had filed an initial report and a supplemental report, both of which were admitted into evidence. After the hearing, the court issued a written decision that gives Father temporary custody of Autumn under the protective supervision of CCDJFS.

{¶ 4} Mother appealed.

II. Review

{¶ 5} Mother assigns two errors to the trial court. The first alleges that the court abused its discretion by giving Father temporary custody, and the second alleges that the court erred by excluding hearsay. We review the assignments of error in reverse order.[2]

A. Hearsay

{¶ 6} The second assignment of error challenges the trial court's exclusion of hearsay evidence at the dispositional hearing. Mother contends that this evidence is admissible because it is relevant to whether it is in ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.