Opinions July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

Indiana Court of Appeals
EngineAir, Inc. and JMA Rail Products, Inc. v. Centra Credit Union

Civil tort. Affirms the Jackson Superior Court’s grant of Centra Credit’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 12(B)(6). Finds that Indiana’s version of the Uniform Commercial Code has displaced any cause of action that the companies may have against Centra Credit.

Anthony A. Keith v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms Anthony Keith’s conviction of Level 6 felony possession of child pornography involving Snapchat images. Finds there is sufficient evidence to support the conviction.

R.H. v. L.H. and C.H. (mem. dec.)
Adoption. Affirms the adoption C.H.’s minor child to stepmother L.H. Finds the Delaware Circuit Court’s conclusion that the adoption of child by stepmother was in child’s best interests is not clearly erroneous.

Melvin P. Owens v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Melvin Owens’ four-year sentence for conviction of Level 5 felony fraud on a financial institution. Finds Owens’ sentence was not inappropriate in light of his character and the nature of his offense.

Deshaun W. Jackson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Deshaun Jackson’s convictions of Level 2 felonies conspiracy to commit burglary and attempted burglary. Finds sufficient evidence to support the convictions.

State of Indiana v. Ernesto B. Ruiz (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Reverses and remands the Jackson Circuit Court’s motion to suppress evidence supporting Ernesto Ruiz’s charge of Level 4 felony child molesting. Finds the trial court erred in granting Ruiz’s motion to suppress his statements to detectives.

Andrew C. Abbott v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Andrew Abbott’s four-year sentence for conviction of Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine. Remands with instructions that the Henry Circuit Court amend the sentencing order to attach his habitual offender enhancement to his sentence.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of S.L., A.E., and D.E.; C.E. (Father) and M.L. (Mother) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination. Affirms the Shelby Superior Court’s termination of parental rights of C.E. and M.L. Finds the termination of parent rights is in the best interests of the children.