Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eleventh District, Portage
Appeal from the Portage County Court of Common Pleas,
Juvenile Division, Case No. 2019 JCF 00449.
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).
Rimac, Rimac Law, LLC, (Guardian ad Litem).
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
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
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
On May 10, 2018, M.A.S. was placed in the temporary custody
of Job and Family Services.
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.
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.
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.
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