In re Matter of M.V.Annotate this Case
After a one-month old was taken to the hospital with injuries consistent with non-accidental trauma, the State took custody of the child and started an abuse and neglect proceeding. Months later, the child was adjudicated abused or neglected. Following a period of State supervision, the child was returned to Mother, and the abuse and neglect action was dismissed as to both Mother and Father. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in (1) declining to make separate findings regarding Mother's and Father's culpability; (2) finding the child abused or neglected under S.D. Codified Laws 26-8A-2(1) and (3); and (3) declining to alternatively find that the child was abused or neglected under S.D. Codified Laws 26-8A-2(5).