In re L.Z.A., ___ N.C. App. ___, 792 S.E.2d 160 (2016)

Held: 
Affirmed
  • A juvenile is neglected when (1) he or she does not receive proper care, supervision, or discipline from a parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker or lives in an injurious environment and (2) as a result, the child experiences a physical, mental, or emotional impairment or substantial risk of such impairment.
  • A child may be adjudicated neglected when the evidence and findings show the child suffered non-accidental injuries while in her parents’ custody even though there is no explanation for how those injuries occurred.  The child’s skull and arm fractures and subdural hematoma while in her parents’ custody establish that the child either did not receive proper care or supervision or lived in an injurious environment and suffered a physical impairment as a result. 
Category:
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
Stage:
Adjudication
Topic:
Neglect
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