FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. DN 17-06-0464
REED, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and HEAVEN DIMARTINO
GUEST, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
SHUBHRA N. AGARWAL, Attorney at Law, for Appellee.
MICHELLE TOMER, Attorney at Law, for Appellee.
BENJAMIN AYERS, Guardian ad Litem.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
JENNIFER HENSAL, JUDGE.
Appellant, J.M. ("Father"), appeals from a judgment
of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile
Division, that placed his minor child in the legal custody of
a longtime family friend, M.P. This Court affirms.
Father is the biological father of A.M., born August 28,
2009. The child's mother ("Mother") did not
appeal the trial court's judgment.
At the time this case began, A.M. was residing with Mother,
maternal grandparents, and two older half-siblings who are
not Father's children. During May 2017, Summit County
Children Services Board ("CSB") received a referral
that one of the older half-siblings disclosed during a visit
with her father that Mother abused drugs and mistreated her.
That child further reported that she had repeatedly attempted
suicide while living with Mother and that she would kill
herself if she had to return to Mother's home.
CSB filed complaints regarding all three children, but A.M.
is the only child who is a party to this appeal. CSB's
complaint pertaining to A.M. alleged that she was a dependent
child because of Mother's ongoing drug use, inappropriate
behavior toward her children, and abuse of one of the older
children. A.M. was later adjudicated a dependent child and
placed in the temporary custody of CSB.
Mother requested that the three children be placed in the
home of M.P., a family friend. After M.P. was approved as a
kinship placement, A.M. and her older half-siblings resided
in her home throughout this case.
During this case, Mother made little progress on the
reunification goals of the case plan, but Father expressed an
interest in custody of A.M. Because Father had a minimal
parent-child relationship with then seven-year-old A.M., he
was required to develop a relationship with her and
demonstrate that he could provide her with a suitable home.
Father's visits with A.M. were initially supervised at
the visitation ...