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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Dependency – Incarcerated Father

The respondent-father was incarcerated pursuant to a multi-year sentence, “Noe’s” mother was missing, Noe had serious mental health issues, and respondent’s suggested caregiver – Noe’s paternal grandmother – refused to adhere to Noe’s treatment regimen. Accordingly, the trial court did not err by concluding that Noe was a dependent juvenile.

We affirm the termination of respondent’s parental rights.

Although respondent also suggested placement with family friend “Ms. S.,” the close proximity of her home to the paternal grandmother’s home prevented Ms. S. from going forward as a placement option.

In re N.G.L. (Lawyers Weekly No. 012-467-22, 10 pp.) (Per Curiam) Appealed from Haywood County District Court (Donna Forga, J.) Rachael Hawes for petitioner; William Esser for guardian ad litem; Thomas Diepenbrock for respondent. 2022-NCCOA-757


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