Court of Appeals of Ohio, First District, Hamilton
Appeals From: Hamilton County Juvenile Court TRIAL NO.
Phyllis Schiff, for appellant Mother
ProKids and Jeffrey A. McCormick, for appellant Guardian Ad
Elizabeth Powers, for appellee G.C.
T. Deters, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, and
Elizabeth Buller, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for
appellee Hamilton County Department of Job and Family
Both mother and the guardian ad litem for G.C. have
appealed from the juvenile court's entry granting
permanent custody of G.C. to the Hamilton County Department
of Job and Family Services ("HCJFS"). G.C. has not
separately appealed, but supports the arguments raised by
mother and the guardian ad litem. HCJFS asks this court to
affirm the juvenile court's judgment.
On February 7, 2017, HCJFS filed a complaint alleging that
G.C. was neglected, abused, and dependent, and seeking
permanent custody of G.C. When the complaint was filed, G.C.
was 14 years old. At an adjudicatory hearing before a
juvenile court magistrate, mother stipulated to the following
allegations in the complaint:
1. [G.C] was placed in the permanent custody of the Clermont
Co. public children's services agency. Paternal
grandmother, [mother], adopted her.
2. On September 22, 2016, HCJFS received a report that
[G.C.'s] biological uncle, [J.C.], who resided in the
home with [G.C] and [mother], was arrested for Pandering
Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor. Police
discovered thousands of videos and photos of minor females,
including [G.C], her half-sister, and one of their friends.
The material spanned over a seven year time period. [J.C]
admitted to victimizing the girls and has been indicted on
six counts of Rapes [sic] and six counts of Sexual Pandering.
He is currently incarcerated. [G.C.] has disclosed sexual
abuse during forensic interviews.
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4. [Mother] was aware that [J.C.] was a registered sex
offender from a Child Enticement conviction in 2002. [Mother]
admitted to knowing that [J.C.] had a problem with child
pornography but "did not think he would do anything to
[G.C.]" * * *.
5. [G.C] had been placed on a safety plan in September 2016.
On February 5, 2017 the child left the safety plan
provider's residence and went to stay with [mother]. When
an alternate placement could not be found, the ...