S.C. Dep't of Soc. Servs. v. Brown, 2022-UP-419

CourtCourt of Appeals of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
PartiesSouth Carolina Department of Social Services, Respondent, v. Albert Brown and Heather Aumick, Defendants, Of whom Albert Brown is the Appellant. In the interest of a minor under the age of eighteen.
Docket Number2022-UP-419,Appellate Case 2022-000593
Decision Date21 November 2022

South Carolina Department of Social Services, Respondent,
v.

Albert Brown and Heather Aumick, Defendants,

Of whom Albert Brown is the Appellant. In the interest of a minor under the age of eighteen.

No. 2022-UP-419

Appellate Case No. 2022-000593

Court of Appeals of South Carolina

November 21, 2022


THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE. IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 268(d)(2), SCACR.

Submitted November 18, 2022

Appeal From Aiken County Vicki J. Snelgrove, Family Court Judge

John Brandt Rucker and Allyson Sue Rucker, both of The Rucker Law Firm, LLC, of Greenville, for Appellant.

Dennis M. Gmerek, of South Carolina Department of Social Services, of Columbia, for Respondent.

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Jessica Brilhante, of Brilhante and Ott, Attorneys at Law, LLC, of Aiken, for the Guardian ad Litem.

PER CURIAM

Albert Brown appeals the family court's order (1) finding he physically abused his minor child, (2) authorizing the South Carolina Department of Social Services to forgo reasonable efforts at reunification with Child, and (3) entering his name into the Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect. See S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-20(6) (Supp. 2022) (defining child abuse); S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-1660(A) (2010 & Supp. 2022) ("[T]he department may petition the family court to remove the child from custody of the parent . . . if the department determines by a preponderance of evidence that the child is an abused or neglected child and that the child cannot be safely maintained in the home in that he cannot be protected from unreasonable risk of harm affecting the child's life, physical health, safety, or mental well-being without removal."); S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-1940 (Supp. 2022) (stating that when the family court finds a child has been physically abused at a hearing pursuant to section 63-7-1660, the court "shall order" the perpetrator's "name be entered in the Central Registry"). Upon a thorough review of the record and the family court's findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Ex parte Cauthen, 291 S.C. 465, 354 S.E.2d 381 (1987), we find no meritorious issues warrant briefing. Accordingly, we affirm the family court's ruling and relieve Brown's counsel.

AFFIRMED.[1]

KONDUROS, HEWITT, and VINSON, JJ., concur.

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Notes:

[1] We decide this case without argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.

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