IN RE: P.B. D.B. T.B. T.B. E.B.
FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
LORAIN, OHIO CASE Nos. 16JC49755, 16JC49756, 16JC49757,
MILLER, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
P. WILL, Prosecuting Attorney, and EMILY W. KIRSCH, Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
DICKEY, Guardian ad Litem.
pro se, Appellee.
pro se, Appellee.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
TEODOSIO, PRESIDING JUDGE.
Appellant Mother appeals the judgment of the Lorain County
Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, that terminated her
parental rights and awarded permanent custody of her five
children to appellee Lorain County Children Services
("LCCS" or "the agency"). This Court
Mother is the biological mother of P.B. (d.o.b. 1/31/09),
D.B. (d.o.b. 10/9/11), 1-T.B. (d.o.b. 6/18/13), 2-T.B.
(d.o.b. 5/28/14), and E.B. (d.o.b. 11/7/15). Based on
concerns regarding Mother's lack of supervision of the
youngest four children, her struggle to provide for the basic
needs of all the children, her mental health, and the
children's exposure to domestic violence in the home,
LCCS filed complaints alleging that the children were
neglected and dependent. After adjudicatory hearings, the
juvenile court found the five children to be neglected and
dependent. After the initial dispositional hearing, P.B.,
2-T.B., and E.B. remained with Mother under an order of
protective supervision by the agency. D.B. and 1-T.B. were
placed in the temporary custody of LCCS. Over the course of
the case below, all five children were placed in the
temporary custody of various relatives. When those placements
disrupted, the juvenile court awarded temporary custody of
all five children to LCCS which placed them in foster homes.
Maternal Grandmother ("Grandmother") filed a motion
to intervene in the proceedings. After the juvenile court
granted her intervention, Grandmother filed motions for legal
custody of and visitation with the five children. LCCS filed
a motion for permanent custody. After a two-day hearing, the
juvenile court granted the agency's motion, terminated
the parents' parental rights, and awarded permanent
custody to LCCS. Mother filed a timely appeal in which she
raises one assignment of error for review. Neither
Grandmother nor Father has appealed.
THE TRIAL COURT COMMITTED REVERSIBLE AND PLAIN ERROR BY
FINDING THAT IT WAS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE MINOR
CHILDREN TO BE PLACED IN THE PERMANENT CUSTODY OF LORAIN
COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES DESPITE THE FACT SUCH FINDING ...