IN RE STEPHANIE LYN DRAHEIM MINORAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of STEPHANIE L. DRAHEIM, Minor.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
July 17, 1998
Genesee Juvenile Court
LC No. 96-107279 NA
KRISTEN LYN WALTON,
JAMES WALTON and ROBERT DRAHEIM,
Before: Murphy, P.J., and Young, Jr. and Michael R. Smith*, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights
to the minor child pursuant to MCL 712A.19b(3)(a)(ii), (g) and (j); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(3)(a)(ii),
(g) and (j). We affirm.
The juvenile court did not clearly err in finding that the statutory grounds for termination were
established by clear and convincing evidence. MCR 5.974(I), In re Miller, 433 Mich 331, 337; 445
NW2d 161 (1989). Further, respondent-appellant failed to show that termination of her parental rights
was clearly not in the child’s best interests. MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(5); In re
Hall-Smith, 222 Mich App 470; 564 NW2d 156 (1997). Thus, the juvenile court did not err in
terminating respondent-appellant’s parental rights. Id.
* Circuit judge, sitting on the Court of Appeals by assignment.
Also, the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion by excluding certain letters from
respondent’s friends, family members and employers. The record indicates that the letters were
submitted after the order terminating her parental rights was entered. Regardless, there is nothing in the
letters to indicate that the juvenile court erred in terminating respondent-appellant’s parental rights.
/s/ William B. Murphy
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Michael R. Smith