from the Marion Superior Court The Honorable Marilyn A.
Moores, Judge The Honorable Gary Chavers, Magistrate Trial
Court Cause No. 49D09-1409-JD-2319
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT Corey L. Scott Indianapolis, Indiana
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Curtis T. Hill, Jr. Attorney General
of Indiana Christina D. Pace Deputy Attorney General
of the Case
C.J. appeals from the juvenile court's order modifying a
dispositional decree following his adjudication as a
delinquent child for battery, as a Class A misdemeanor when
committed by an adult. C.J. presents a single issue for our
review, namely, whether the juvenile court abused its
discretion when it placed him with the Department of
Correction ("DOC"). However, because C.J. has been
released from the DOC since he initiated this appeal, we
dismiss the appeal as moot.
and Procedural History
On September 18, 2014, then fourteen-year-old C.J. and three
of his friends battered A.A. outside the entrance of a Family
Dollar store in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Metropolitan
Police Department officers arrested C.J., and, on October 9,
after C.J. admitted the allegations in the State's
delinquency petition, the juvenile court adjudicated him a
delinquent for committing battery, as a Class A misdemeanor
when committed by an adult ("JD-2319"). At the
dispositional hearing on November 6, the juvenile court
placed C.J. on probation.
In the meantime, on October 22, the State filed a delinquency
petition against C.J. alleging that he committed what would
be armed robbery, as a Level 3 felony if committed by an
adult; battery, as a Level 5 felony if committed by an adult;
criminal recklessness, as a Level 6 felony if committed by an
adult; dangerous possession of a firearm, a Class A
misdemeanor if committed by an adult; carrying a handgun
without a license, as a Class A misdemeanor if committed by
an adult; and resisting law enforcement, as a Class A
misdemeanor if committed by an adult. On November 6, C.J.
admitted to having committed what would be armed robbery, as
a Level 3 felony if committed by an adult, and dangerous
possession of a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor if committed
by an adult. The State dismissed the other charges. The
juvenile court entered true findings and placed C.J. on
probation with suspended commitment to the DOC
("JD-2566"). The court also ordered C.J. to
participate in the "Cross System Care Coordination
program" and placed him at Transitions Academy.
Appellant's App. Vol. III at 94.
After spending five months at Transitions Academy, shortly
after his release C.J. was arrested for an incident that
"involved a gun[.]" Tr. at 37. The State filed a
delinquency petition, but it ultimately dismissed the charges
stemming from that incident.
Following two failed drug screens, the State filed its fourth
petition to modify disposition requesting that the juvenile
court place C.J. in the DOC. Following a hearing on that
petition, on April 14, 2016, the juvenile court issued its
dispositional order stating in relevant part as follows:
A. Respondent is awarded to the Guardianship of the Indiana
Department of Correction for housing in any correctional
facility for children until the age of 21, unless sooner
released by the Department of Correction. The respondent is
detained pending transfer. The Court recommends the
respondent be committed for a period of 12 months. The Court
recommends the respondent complete ...