IN RE HARTWIG MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of JENNIFER MARIE HARTWIG,
CHRISTOPHER JAMES HARTWIG, and
KIMBERLY ANN HARTWIG, Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
December 8, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 95-332133
HEIDE ELIZABETH HARTWIG,
TIM MILLER and MICHAEL JAMES CAUDILL,
Before: Sawyer, P.J., and Wahls and Hoekstra, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right from a juvenile court order terminating her parental
rights to the minor children under MCL 712A.19b(3)(b), (c)(i), (g) and (j); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(3)(b), (c)(i), (g) and (j). We affirm.
Because respondent-appellant has not addressed the abuse issues upon which the referee's
findings and recommendations were made, and also has not provided this Court with a transcript of any
hearing on her request for judicial review of the referee’s findings and recommendations, we could
decline review of respondent-appellant’s arguments on appeal. See, e.g., Admiral Ins Co v Columbia
Casualty Ins Co, 194 Mich App 300, 305; 486 NW2d 351 (1992); Myers v Jarnac, 189 Mich App
436, 444; 474 NW2d 302 (1991); Joerger v Gordon Food, Inc, 224 Mich App 167, 175; 568
NW2d 365 (1997). In any event, we are satisfied that the referee did not clearly err in finding that at
least one statutory ground for termination was established by clear and convincing evidence. See MCR
5.974(I); In re Miller, 433 Mich 331, 337; 445 NW2d 161 (1989). Further, under MCL
712A.19b(5); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(5), as amended, the abuse of discretion standard relied upon
by respondent-appellant is no longer applicable. In re Hall-Smith, 222 Mich App 470, 472-473; 564
NW2d 156 (1997). Because respondent-appellant failed to show that termination of her parental rights
was clearly not in the children's best interests, the juvenile court did not err in terminating her parental
rights to the children. Id.
/s/ David H. Sawyer
/s/ Myron H. Wahls
/s/ Joel P. Hoekstra