Eshleman v. RosenbergAnnotate this Case
When Child was approximately one year old, Mother left Child in the care of Aunt, Mother’s sister. Aunt was appointed temporary guardian of Child. Aunt then filed a petition for permanent guardianship. After an evidentiary hearing, the district court denied the motion, ruling that Aunt failed to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that Mother and Father were unfit as parents. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court applied the correct burden of proof in evaluating whether Aunt had proven that Mother and Father were unfit; and (2) the district court’s finding that Aunt did not establish by a preponderance of the evidence that Mother and Father was no clearly erroneous, inconsistent with the evidence, or contrary to the great weight of the evidence.