In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of J.E. (Minor Child), and K.E. (Father), Appellant-Respondent,
The Indiana Department of Child Services, Appellee-Petitioner
from the Marion Superior Court. The Honorable Marilyn A.
Moores, Judge. The Honorable Larry E. Bradley, Magistrate.
Trial Court Cause No. 49D09-1410-JT-419.
FOR APPELLANT: Amy Karozos Greenwood, Indiana.
FOR APPELLEE: Gregory F. Zoeller, Attorney General of
Indiana; Robert J. Henke, James D. Boyer, Deputy Attorneys
General, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Judge. May, J., and Bradford, J., concur.
K.E. (" Father" ) appeals a trial court order
terminating his parental relationship with his one-year-old
son J.E. He challenges only the trial court's denial of
his motion for continuance and motion for order to
transport. Finding that the trial
court acted within its discretion in denying Father's
motions, we affirm.
and Procedural History
In October 2013, Father was charged with class D felony
synthetic identity deception in Hamilton County and released
on recognizance. In December 2013, his girlfriend J.B.
(" Mother" ) gave birth to his son J.E. Due to
housing issues and Mother's past involvement with the
Department of Child Services (" DCS" ), J.E. was
removed from Mother and Father at two days old and placed in
foster care. Father visited J.E. once shortly after his
Later that same month, Father failed to appear at a pretrial
hearing in his identity deception proceedings and was jailed
pending trial. In March 2014, he pled guilty and was
sentenced to 1095 days, with 915 of those suspended to
probation. He attended a March 17, 2014 CHINS hearing in
Marion County, where the trial court designated J.E. a CHINS
and ordered Father to participate in home-based counseling, a
father engagement program, and supervised
visitation. Father visited J.E. once shortly after
the CHINS hearing and did not visit again.
In July 2014, the Hamilton County court revoked Father's
probation for failure to report and remanded him to the
Department of Correction (" DOC" ). Father did not
complete any of his ordered services during ...