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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Neglect Adjudication – Mother’s Stipulation – Insufficient

Even though the respondent-mother stipulated that her child, “Charlie,” was neglected, did not receive proper care or supervision, and lived in an environment injurious to his welfare, these stipulations were invalid stipulations to conclusions of law. While the mother also stipulated to having mental health issues and being homeless, there was no evidence presented and no finding made that the mother’s mental health issues or homelessness had any adverse effect on Charlie.

We reverse the trial court’s adjudication of Charlie as neglected.

In the Matter of C.S. (Lawyers Weekly No. 012-173-18, 7 pp.) (John Arrowood, J.) Appealed from New Hanover County District Court (J.H. Corpening, J.) Jennifer Cooke for petitioner; Sean Vitrano for respondent; Ashley Edwards and Hunter Edwards for guardian ad litem. N.C. App. Unpub.

 

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