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CAV: Conviction upheld for leaving kindergartener home alone (access required)

A doctor’s conviction for felony child neglect was affirmed based on findings that he left his five-year-old child home alone, knowing that the child had a history of unruly behavior and wandering off when not properly supervised. Background On the ...

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Va. Cir.: TPR in foster child’s best interest (access required)

A father who had little involvement in his child’s life either before or during his incarceration had not taken any steps necessary to maintain residual parental rights to his 12-year-old son. His decision to remain in solitary confinement while incarcerated ...

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CAV: Adoption affirmed, despite parents’ objection (access required)

A young child’s great aunt successfully petitioned to adopt the child, showing that the biological mother’s past violence, drug abuse, and mental health problems demonstrated that she withheld consent against the child’s best interests. Background Appellant Tina Tolley’s child was ...

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CAV: Arrest video was admissible at TPR hearing (access required)

The trial court did not err in considering video of the father’s arrest during the termination hearing, or in declining to grant the father more time to remedy conditions requiring continued foster care for his baby daughter. Background B. was ...

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CAV: Marginal improvements too late to reverse TPR (access required)

An adoption plan for children who suffered significant abuse and neglect while living with their biological parents will not be disturbed, despite the father’s new employment and substance-free status. Background Appellant Daniel Ray Essenmacher shared two minor children with Tymatha ...

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CAV: Placement with extended family not required (access required)

Termination of parental rights was not plainly wrong, despite the mother’s contention that the Department should have further investigated potential placement of her children with extended family members. Background Following an evidentiary hearing, the circuit court terminated the residual parental ...

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CAV: Inconsistent use of social services supports TPR (access required)

The court found sufficient evidence to support the termination of Appellant Tasheika Deshae Davis’s parental rights as to D., Davis’s minor daughter. Code § 16.1-283(C)(2) provides that, in addition to being in the best interests of the child, termination of ...

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Va. Cir. Ct.: Nonparent Seeking Custody Must Show Harm to Child if Not Granted (access required)

R.H., a 9-year-old girl, had lived her entire life with her mother and maternal grandmother, in her grandmother’s spacious home. R.H. was in good health and well-adjusted, with no developmental delays. R.H.’s father, who currently lives in a one-bedroom home ...

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Va. Cir. Ct.: Court Retains Jurisdiction of Child-Custody Dispute (access required)

Despite the mother’s relocation to North Carolina, jurisdiction over divorcing parties’ child-custody dispute will remain in Virginia. After Plaintiff Devin Lipps (husband) and Defendant Amanda Lipps (wife) separated, wife moved to North Carolina with the couple’s minor child. In June ...

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