In re Corey T., 020118 MESC, Cum-17-394
|Court:||Supreme Judicial Court of Maine|
|Attorney:||Kristina Dougherty, Esq., Wise Old Law, LLC, Portland, for appellant mother Janet T. Mills, Attorney General, and Meghan Szylvian, Asst. Atty. Gen., Office of the Attorney General, Augusta, for appellee Department of Health and Human Services|
|Judge Panel:||Panel: ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, JABAR, HJELM, and HUMPHREY, JJ.|
|Opinion Judge:||PER CURIAM|
|Party Name:||IN RE COREY T.|
|Case Date:||February 01, 2018|
Submitted On Briefs: January 11, 2018
Kristina Dougherty, Esq., Wise Old Law, LLC, Portland, for appellant mother
Janet T. Mills, Attorney General, and Meghan Szylvian, Asst. Atty. Gen., Office of the Attorney General, Augusta, for appellee Department of Health and Human Services
Panel: ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, JABAR, HJELM, and HUMPHREY, JJ.
[¶l] The mother of Corey T. appeals from a judgment entered by the District Court (Portland, Eggert, J.) finding jeopardy as to the mother pursuant to 22 M.R.S. § 4035 (2017).1 She contends that the evidence was insufficient to support the trial court's finding of jeopardy.2 Because the record evidence supports the court's finding and determination of jeopardy, we affirm the judgment.
[¶2] The Department of Health and Human Services initiated a child protection proceeding, and the court [Dobson, J.) entered a preliminary protection order and placed the child in Department custody on April 22, 2017, the day the child was born. After a contested hearing, by order dated September 14, 2017, the court [Eggert, J.) found jeopardy to the child's health and welfare. The court based its jeopardy determination on the following findings of fact: The mother ... has been diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, and she has been working with [a service provider] for at least the past year. Based on the testimony, it is clear that the mother struggles with daily functioning and social interactions due to her mental health diagnosis. According to her psychiatric nurse practitioner, the mother is only able to manage her own activities of daily living and there are no signs that she can do much more than that, preventing her from being able to appropriately care for an infant.
[The mother] has been living at [a women's homeless shelter] for the past seven years, but cannot live there with a child. She may soon be getting more permanent housing at a [supported housing] group home, which would provide her with 24-hour support and would be good for her. The group home is only for adults. There is no way to determine...
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