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In re R.R.

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Ninth District, Summit

June 5, 2019

IN RE: R.R.

          APPEAL FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. DN 17-06-000477

          PAMELA A. HAWKINS, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.

          SHERRI BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and HEAVEN DIMARTINO, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.

          LINDA SELL, Guardian ad Litem.

          DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY

          DONNA J. CARR, JUDGE

         {¶1} Appellant, K.I.B. ("Mother"), appeals from a judgment of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, that terminated her parental rights and placed her minor child in the permanent custody of Summit County Children Services Board ("CSB"). This Court affirms.

         I.

         {¶2} Mother is the biological mother of R.R., born June 16, 2017. The child's father voluntarily relinquished his parental rights and is not a party to this appeal.

         {¶3} Mother has a history with CSB dating back to 2010. During a prior juvenile court case, two of Mother's older children, K.C. and M.C., were removed from her custody, adjudicated neglected and dependent, and ultimately placed in the legal custody of the father of one of the children.

         {¶4} During 2015, Mother gave birth to another child, C.F., who was removed from her custody shortly after birth because the child was born addicted to drugs. Mother admitted using heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines during her pregnancy with C.F. The primary case plan goals for Mother in that case involved addressing her substance abuse and mental health problems. Mother made little progress on the case plan, however, and C.F. was ultimately placed in the permanent custody of CSB.

         {¶5} R.R. was removed from Mother's custody shortly after birth in June 2017. When Mother was admitted to the hospital, she tested positive for multiple illegal drugs and R.R. later exhibited symptoms of drug withdrawal. Mother admitted using opioids and methamphetamines during her pregnancy. She had also exhibited suicidal and erratic behavior before and after the birth of this child. R.R. was later adjudicated a dependent child and placed in the temporary custody of CSB.

         {¶6} The case plan goals in this case again focused on Mother addressing her longstanding mental health and substance abuse problems. Mother failed to follow through with treatment, however, and continued to abuse drugs throughout this case. Mother was charged with multiple criminal drug offenses during this case, one of which occurred at the visitation center. When R.R. was six and a half months old, during a supervised visit, mother went to retrieve something from her coat pocket and methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia fell out. As a result, Mother's visits with R.R. were suspended and she was charged with a felony drug offense.

         {¶7} On May 1, 2018, CSB moved for permanent custody of R.R. Following a hearing, the trial court terminated Mother's parental rights and placed R.R. in the permanent custody ...


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