FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
LORAIN, OHIO CASE No. 17JC52411
STOLARSKY, Attorney at Law, for Appellant
P. WILL, Prosecuting Attorney, and EMILY W. KIRSCH, Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
MARYANN MARTZ, Guardian ad Litem.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
A. TEODOSIO, Presiding Judge.
Appellant, D.W. ("Mother"), appeals from a judgment
of the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile
Division, that terminated her parental rights and placed her
minor child in the permanent custody of Lorain County
Children Services ("LCCS"). This Court affirms.
Mother is the biological mother of the only child at issue in
this appeal: L.W., born August 1, 2014. The father of L.W.
did not appeal the trial court's judgment.
During December 2008, Mother's parental rights to two
older children were involuntarily terminated in West
Virginia. The basis for the removal and ultimate termination
of parental rights was Mother's unstable mental health
and domestic violence in the home. Years later, Mother gave
birth to another child, but later relinquished custody of
that child during another juvenile case in West Virginia.
Mother also has a children services history with L.W. while
she lived in Maryland because of domestic violence in the
home and Mother's failure to meet L.W.'s special
medical needs. L.W. has a genetic chromosome abnormality that
has resulted in developmental delays in her speech and motor
skills and causes her to suffer seizures.
LCCS first became involved with Mother and L.W. on August 15,
2017. Mother took L.W. to a hospital emergency room,
attempting to seek medical attention for the child, but
Mother was behaving erratically and irrationally. Because
police and hospital personnel feared that Mother posed a
safety risk to L.W. and herself, Mother was involuntarily
committed to the hospital psychiatric ward. LCCS was unable
to find any suitable relative or friend to care for L.W., so
the child was placed in the emergency temporary custody of
After the 72-hour involuntary hold expired, Mother signed an
agreement to remain in the hospital for continued psychiatric
treatment. During her hospital stay, she reported that she
had a history of mental illness and had run out of her
prescribed psychiatric medication. Mother was diagnosed with
bipolar disorder with psychotic symptoms and was given
several psychiatric medications, including one to control her
delusional thoughts. Her behavior improved significantly
while she was hospitalized. The hospital discharged Mother
after six days with prescriptions for two psychiatric
medications and instructions that she engage in ongoing
counseling, but she did not follow through.
L.W. was later adjudicated a neglected and dependent child
and placed in the temporary custody of LCCS. The original
case plan focused on Mother addressing her unstable mental
health. LCCS later amended the case plan to add a substance
abuse component because Mother was arrested on a charge of
possession of cocaine. Mother admitted that she began using
cocaine because she was stressed out about losing custody of
During the following year, Mother made little progress on the
goals of the case plan. Mother eventually obtained a mental
health assessment but only sporadically followed through with
recommended counseling and psychiatric medication. For
approximately six months, Mother engaged in counseling with
one provider, but she attended only 10 of the 23 appointments
that were scheduled. Moreover, Mother repeatedly changed
mental health providers and, perhaps as a result, her