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In re M.A.S.

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eleventh District, Portage

December 16, 2019

IN THE MATTER OF: M.A.S.

          Civil Appeal from the Portage County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, Case No. 2019 JCF 00449.

         Judgment: Affirmed.

          Victor V. Vigluicci, Portage County Prosecutor, Kristin Maxwell and Brandon J. Wheeler, (For Appellee, Portage County Department of Job and Family Services).

          Shubhra N. Agarwal, (For Appellant, Shawn Synuria).

          Mate Rimac, Rimac Law, LLC, (Guardian ad Litem).

          OPINION

          MATT LYNCH, J.

         {¶1} Appellant, Shawn A. Synuria, appeals the termination of his parental rights with respect to the minor child, M.A.S. For the following reasons, we affirm the decision of the court below.

         {¶2} On March 12, 2018, a Complaint was filed in the Portage County Juvenile Court alleging that M.A.S., dob 11/12/2007, was a neglected, dependent, and/or abused child as defined in Revised Code 2151.03(A), 2151.031, and 2151.04 respectively. The Complaint further alleged that, on March 9, 2018, M.A.S. had been removed from the custody of his mother, Lisa M. Synuria, by order of the Ravenna Police Department. Synuria, M.A.S.'s father, was noted as "currently in Richland Correctional Institution."

         {¶3} On April 17, 2018, M.A.S. was found to be dependent and committed to the interim pre-dispositional custody of the appellee, Portage County Department of Job and Family Services.

         {¶4} On May 10, 2018, M.A.S. was placed in the temporary custody of Job and Family Services.[1]

         {¶5} On June 19, 2019, Job and Family Services filed a Motion for Permanent Custody. The Motion alleged that Synuria failed to attend the adjudicatory hearing and had abandoned the child.

         {¶6} On July 25, 2019, Synuria wrote a letter from jail, filed with the juvenile court, requesting an attorney and claiming that he was unaware that M.A.S. was in the custody of Job and Family Services. The court appointed counsel on the same day.

         {¶7} On July 29, 2019, the hearing was held on the Motion for Permanent Custody. Counsel for Synuria moved for a continuance which the juvenile court denied. Kaleigh Wallace, a social worker, testified on behalf of Job and Family Services. Synuria testified on his own behalf. At the conclusion of the hearing, the guardian ad litem recommended that the Motion for Permanent Custody be granted.

         {¶8} On August 12, 2019, the juvenile court issued a Journal Entry granting the Motion for Permanent Custody, thereby permanently divesting Synuria and Lisa of their parental rights, privileges, and responsibilities with respect to ...


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