781 P.2d 130 (Colo.App. 1989), 88CA1180, People in Interest of T.S.

Docket Nº:88CA1180.
Citation:781 P.2d 130
Opinion Judge:TURSI Judge.
Party Name:The PEOPLE of the State of Colorado, Plaintiff-Appellee, In the Interest of T.S. and T.M., Children, and Concerning G.M., a/k/a A.N.J., Respondent-Appellant.
Attorney:Alan N. Hassler, Grand Junction, for plaintiff-appellee. Justin D. Kirk, Grand Junction, Guardian Ad Litem. LaCroix, Croker, Kain & Alvillar, P.C., James R. Alvillar, Grand Junction, for respondent-appellant.
Judge Panel:PIERCE and HUME, JJ., concur.
Case Date:June 01, 1989
Court:Court of Appeals of Colorado, First Division
 
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781 P.2d 130 (Colo.App. 1989)

The PEOPLE of the State of Colorado, Plaintiff-Appellee, In the Interest of T.S. and T.M., Children, and Concerning G.M., a/k/a A.N.J., Respondent-Appellant.

No. 88CA1180.

Court of Appeals of Colorado, First Division

June 1, 1989

Rehearing Denied June 29, 1989. Certiorari Denied Oct. 10, 1989.

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Alan N. Hassler, Grand Junction, for plaintiff-appellee.

Justin D. Kirk, Grand Junction, Guardian Ad Litem.

LaCroix, Croker, Kain & Alvillar, P.C., James R. Alvillar, Grand Junction, for respondent-appellant.

OPINION

TURSI Judge.

G.M., mother, appeals from the judgment terminating her parent-child legal relationship with her children, T.S. and T.M. We affirm.

Since at least 1979, mother has suffered from mental illness at times diagnosed as schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar disorder, and schizo-affective. She has been subject to psychotic episodes during which she suffered delusions and hallucinations, and exhibited bizarre and irrational behavior. In September 1985, when T.S. was three years old and mother was seven months pregnant with T.M., she took him from their home to "flee the devil." Mother and T.S. were found on the side of an interstate highway clad in pajamas. A dependency and neglect action on behalf of T.S. was filed at that time.

Six days after T.M. was born in November 1985, she was found, early one morning, lying on the ground by a public building in Grand Junction. T.M. was only lightly clad although the temperature was near freezing. Mother was nearby and was "irrational." As a result, the pending dependency and neglect action was amended to include T.M.

Subsequently, mother stipulated to a treatment plan which included treatment by a physician to monitor her blood levels in order to determine appropriate treatment and medicines for her mental illness. The treatment plan also required therapy, visitation with the children, and community support programs. At a subsequent review, monitoring for substance abuse was added.

Mother did not comply with the treatment plan in that she failed to take medication for her mental illness and discontinued therapy against advice. At times when she was not taking her medicine, she suffered additional psychotic episodes and was involuntarily hospitalized.

At the termination hearing, mother objected to the physician's testimony as...

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