In re F.C.D., 244 N.C. App. 243 (2015)

  • The findings are supported by competent evidence and support the conclusion that the child was neglected.
  • G.S. 7B-101(15) includes in the definition of neglect that it is relevant whether the juvenile lives in a home where another juvenile has been subjected to abuse or neglect by an adult who regularly lives in the home. This definition gives the court some discretion in determining if the child is at risk for a particular kind of harm based on the child’s age and living environment.
  • An injurious environment may include a home that exposes a child to witnessing another child’s abuse and neglect even when the child who is the witness is not physically harmed him/herself. Evidence that the child’s witnessing her brother’s abuse and neglect would be distressing for her and could cause fear and worry that something like that might happen to her supports the court’s adjudication of neglect.


Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
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