Court of Appeals of Ohio, First District, Hamilton
From: Hamilton County Juvenile Court TRIAL NO. F08-0417Z
Appealed From Is: Affirmed
Anzelmo Law and James A. Anzelmo, for Appellant Mother
Phyllis Schiff, In re Williams Attorney for D.B.
Roberta Barbanel, In re Williams Attorney for M.B., E.B., and
Fidler, for C.S., Father of D.B.
T. Deters, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, and Nick
Gramke, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee Hamilton
County Department of Job and Family Services
Geoffrey W. Pittman, Attorney Guardian ad Litem for D.B.
Raymond T. Faller, Hamilton County Public Defender, and Megan
Bussam, Assistant Public Defender, Appellee Guardian ad Litem
for M.B., E.B., and R.B.
Mother and her son, D.B., each appeal from a judgment of the
Hamilton County Juvenile Court that terminated mother's
parental rights and placed D.B., along with his half-siblings
M.B., E.B., and R.B., in the permanent custody of the
Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services
("HCJFS"). For the reasons that follow, we affirm
the juvenile court's judgment.
Background and Procedural History
As relevant to this appeal, mother is the biological mother
of D.B., M.B., E.B., and R.B. (collectively, the "B-B
children"). C.S. is the father of D.B, while R.B. is the
father of M.B., E.B., and R.B. Mother remains married to
R.B., but she and the children have had no contact with him,
and he does not provide child support.
HCJFS opened a case against mother in December 2014 after
receiving allegations that her children were living in
hazardous conditions in a dirty home without adequate
supervision. In June 2015, HCJFS sought and received interim
custody of the B-B children, and the juvenile court
adjudicated them dependent and neglected. In January 2017,
after mother completed her case plan, the children were
returned to her care under orders of protective supervision.
The protective orders were then terminated in March 2017.
In September 2017, HCJFS again sought interim custody of the
B-B children after receiving allegations that the children
were not adequately supervised. Mother had the children's
grandfather caring for them most of the time, but he could
not control them or stop them from fighting and injuring each
other. HCJFS's motion for interim custody was held in
abeyance pending further hearings.
In October 2017, HCJFS filed an emergency order of protection
after receiving allegations that D.B. had raped E.B. HCJFS
also sought and received interim custody of the B-B children.
On October 30, 2017, HCJFS filed an amended complaint for
permanent custody of the B-B children.
Hearings on permanent custody took place before a magistrate
in March, April, July, and October of 2018. Mother was
sequestered from the courtroom for a portion of the hearings
because of a serious medical condition. She was able to