FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. DN 17-06-000477
A. HAWKINS, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and HEAVEN DIMARTINO,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
SELL, Guardian ad Litem.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
J. CARR, JUDGE
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...