Sexual Abuse and Statutory Definitions-Trial court incorrectly applied the statute defining sexual abuse in Chapter 39. Sexual abuse of a child by a parent is egregious conduct

Fla. Dep’t of Children & Families v. A.R., 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 10977 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. August 3, 2018) At the conclusion of a lengthy trial on the petition to terminate parental rights of mother and father based on allegations of sexual abuse by the father and failure to protect by the […]

M.C. v. Department of Children and Families, 2016 WL 717694 (Fla. 3rd DCA)

Mother appealed termination of her parental rights under § 39.806(1)(f). The Third District Court of Appeal (Third DCA) reversed termination. The underlying petition for termination of Mother’s rights alleged that Mother took E.C. to the hospital with “second degree, caustic, liquid burns” on his back, buttocks, right shoulder and right side of his body. Mother […]