FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. DN 14-09-589
R. BACHE, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
MADELINE LEPIDI-CARINO, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and RICHARD S. KASAY,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
GRINGO, Guardian ad Litem.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
A. SCHAFER, JUDGE
Appellants, Danielle S. ("Mother") and Curtis S.
("Father"), appeal from a judgment of the Summit
County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, that
terminated their parental rights to their minor child and
placed him in the permanent custody of Summit County Children
Services Board ("CSB"). This Court affirms.
Mother and Father are the natural parents of J.S., born
December 31, 2013. Although Mother has one other child and
Father has three other children, none of those children are
parties to this appeal. Mother's older child is relevant
to this appeal because she was the reason that CSB became
involved with this family.
On May 1, 2014, Mother's then five-year-old child, V.S.,
arrived at school with visible marks on her face. She
disclosed to school personnel that Mother had repeatedly hit
her that morning because she forgot something that she needed
for school. The school contacted the police about the alleged
abuse and also reported that V.S. often came to school
unclean and was frequently absent or tardy. V.S. was removed
from Mother's custody and was later placed with her
At the age of four months old, J.S. was also removed from the
custody of Mother and Father pursuant to Juv.R. 6 and placed
in the home of a non-relative kinship provider. CSB
implemented a voluntary case plan with Mother and Father, but
neither parent complied with the requirements of the
reunification plan during the next several months.
Consequently, on September 17, 2014, CSB filed a complaint to
allege that J.S. was a dependent child. The trial court later
adjudicated him a dependent child and placed him in the
temporary custody of CSB.
During the following year, the parents continued to struggle
with illegal drug use and related criminal problems and
failed to maintain consistent contact with J.S. or CSB. Each
parent visited J.S. only a few times and lost contact with
CSB for months at a time.
On February 12, 2016, CSB moved for permanent custody of J.S.
Following a hearing on the motion, the trial court terminated
parental rights and placed J.S. in the permanent custody of
CSB. Mother and Father separately appealed and their appeals
were later consolidated. Each parent raises three similar
assignments of error. For ease of review, their assigned
errors will be consolidated and rearranged.