In re N.T.U., 234 N.C. App. 722 (2014)

Held: 
Affirmed

  • At the time DSS filed the petition to terminate respondent mother’s parental rights, NC had become the child’s home state and no other custody action had been filed in another state, thus giving NC initial child-custody jurisdiction under G.S. 50A-201.
  • Facts: In September 2010, N.T.U. was born in South Carolina where he resided with his mother. One year later, respondent mother was arrested in a motel room in North Carolina, where she fled to in an effort to evade the South Carolina police. She was arrested, while N.T.U. was in the motel room, for her alleged connection to a homicide and armed robbery in South Carolina. DSS filed a petition and obtained initial and then continued nonsecure custody after the court found it had temporary emergency jurisdiction under the UCCJEA. N.T.U. was adjudicated neglected and dependent.  On April 12, 2013, DSS filed for termination of respondent mother’s parental rights. After hearing, the court terminated respondent mother’s parental rights and respondent mother appealed.

 

Category:
UCCJEA
Stage:
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Topic:
Home State
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