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In re I.B.

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Tuscarawas

August 26, 2019

IN THE MATTER OF I.B., DEPENDENT CHILD

          Appeal from the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, Case No. 17JN00357

         JUDGMENT: Affirmed

          For Plaintiff-Appellee KAREN ROSS QUINLAN, For I. B. DOUGLAS JACKSON, GERRIT M. DENHEIJER

          For Defendant-Appellant MICHAEL JOHNSON, BRANDLE MCKINNEY-BUTCHER, PRO SE

          JUDGES: Hon. Patricial A. Delaney, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J. Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.

          OPINION

          WISE, EARLE, J.

         {¶ 1} Appellant-father (hereinafter "father") appeals the November 28, 2018 Judgment Entry of the Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Court Division, which terminated his parental rights with respect to his minor child, 14-year-old I.B., and granted permanent custody of the child to appellee, Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services (hereinafter "TCJFS").

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         {¶ 2} TCJFS involvement with this family began before mother and father divorced in 2016. In 2004, due to deplorable home conditions as well as medical and physical neglect, all three children were removed and placed in foster care. They were returned to mother and father in 2006. After mother and father's divorce, mother left Tuscarawas County with the children, including I.B, the child at issue here. Their whereabouts were unknown for a year.

         {¶ 3} Mother returned to Tuscarawas County in 2017. She went to a shelter and placed the children with S.M., an acquaintance from church. S.M filed for custody, but the placement was ultimately found to be inappropriate.

         {¶ 4} On November 3, 2017, TCJFS filed a motion for custody of I.B. On November 28, the case was adjudicated and I.B was found to be a dependent child. A guardian ad litem was appointed for I.B.

         {¶ 5} A magistrate's decision was filed on December 12, 2017, ordering I.B into the temporary custody of TCJFS.

         {¶ 6} Father desired custody of I.B but has not had custody of any of the children since the divorce. He was granted supervised visitation during the pendency of this matter, for one hour per week. A case plan was formulated for father which required him to complete parent education classes, a psychological evaluation, sign required releases, obtain and maintain safe, sanitary, and stable housing, stay current on mortgage and utility payments, and maintain employment.

         {¶ 7} On October 1, 2018, TCJFS filed a motion for permanent custody as neither mother nor father could provide a ...


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