In re M.N., ___ N.C. App. ___, 816 S.E.2d 925 (2018)

Held: 
Remanded
Reversed in Part

When adjudicating neglect, the trial court must make sufficient findings, supported by competent evidence, of harm or substantial risk of harm to the juvenile. In this case, the court found that the guardians had been arrested on drug-related charges. The parties concede that (1) no evidence of harm or substantial risk of harm was introduced, and (2) the necessary findings regarding harm or substantial risk of harm were not made. The conclusion of neglect is not supported by findings or evidence and is reversed as to the child who is the subject of the order that was appealed. (The adjudication of neglect of two other children was not appealed).

Category:
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
Stage:
Adjudication
Topic:
Neglect
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