IN RE JENNIFER D LORENZ;LESA KAY WATTS;CARL ALEN WATTS; MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of JENNIFER LORENZ, LISA
KAY WATTS, and CARL ALLEN WATTS, JR., Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
December 11, 1998
Midland Juvenile Court
LC No. 96-009441 NA
Before: Markman, P.J., and Bandstra and J.F. Kowalski*, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right a juvenile court order terminating her parental rights to
the minor children under MCL 712A.19b(3)(g) and (j); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(3)(g) and (j). We
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). The evidence revealed that the children had lived in an environment in which they
witnessed domestic violence, were extremely neglected because of respondent-appellant’s drug
addiction and incarcerations, and were emotionally and physically abused. Respondent-appellant has
an extensive criminal and substance abuse record and has failed to overcome her drug addiction even
though she was provided with numerous services. The record shows that respondent-appellant
continued to make improper parenting decisions including, taking the children with her to crack houses
to buy drugs, disappearing overnight causing eight-year-old Jennifer to stay at a neighbor’s house and to
worry about her mother and siblings, leaving the younger children in Jennifer’s care, and continuing to
violate the law. Respondent-appellant was also shot in the arm on one occasion while attempting to
* Circuit judge, sitting on the Court of Appeals by assignment.
purchase drugs. Further, respondent-appellant failed to show that termination of her parental rights was
clearly not in the
children’s best interests. MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(5); In re Hall-Smith, 222
Mich App 470, 472-473; 564 NW2d 156 (1997). Thus, the juvenile court did not err in terminating
respondent-appellant’s parental rights.
/s/ Stephen J. Markman
/s/ Richard A. Bandstra
/s/ John F. Kowalski