S-13-0993, In re Interest of Justine J. et al.
Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County, Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich
Attorneys: Cassidy V. Chapman, Andrea M. Smith (for Appellee Shawna S.) --- Jennifer Chrystal-Clark (County Attorney’s Office)
Proceedings below: This case was previously before the Supreme Court. See In re Interest of Justine J., 286 Neb. 250 (2013) (affirmed in part, and in part reversed and remanded with directions). Upon remand, the juvenile court found that although the State had presented clear and convincing evidence that Sylissa and Justine came within Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-292(1) and (9), termination of Appellee’s parental rights was not in their best interests.
Issues: The State argues the trial court erred in (1) finding the State met its burden with respect to the motion for termination of parental rights but finding termination was not in the best interests of the children; (2) erred in relying on inadmissible, speculative evidence not based on fact; (3) failing to find termination is in the best interests of the children.