Opinions May 24, 2021

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jeromy D. Hurd v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Reverses Jeromy D. Hurd’s conviction for theft but affirms his convictions for dealing in methamphetamine and dealing in marijuana. Finds the state provided insufficient evidence to support Hurd’s conviction of theft but provided sufficient evidence that Hurd possessed meth and marijuana. Also finds that any error in the admission of messages received by Hurd’s phone was harmless. Remands.

In Re the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: B.B. & K.B. (Minor Children), and J.B. (Mother) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of mother J.B.’s parental rights to two of her children. Finds the juvenile court did not deny J.B. due process or err in terminating her parental rights.

B.S. v. D.M. and C.M. (mem. dec.)
Adoption. Affirms the ruling that father B.S.’s consent to the adoption of L.J.M. was not required and that the adoption was in L.J.M.’s best interests. Finds grandparents D.M. and C.M. established by clear and convincing evidence that B.S. failed without justifiable cause to communicate significantly with L.J.M. when able to do so for well over a year. Also finds the Allen Superior Court’s determination that grandparents’ adoption of L.J.M. was in the child’s best interests and was amply supported by the evidence.

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