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The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his minor child, holding that the issue identified by counsel in Father's brief as arguably supporting the appeal was meritless.
Father was convicted of criminal conduct against his child. Thereafter, the trial court terminated Father's parental rights on grounds of abuse and/or neglect. See N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(1). Father filed a petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the trial court's orders. Father's counsel filed a no-merit brief on his client's behalf, stating why the one issue that could arguably support an appeal lacked merit. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court's orders were supported by clear, cogent, and convincing evidence and were based on proper legal grounds.