In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: N.L., S.C., O.O., and S.M. (Deceased), Parents.
County District Court File Nos. 50-JV-16-546, 50-JV-16-803,
50-JV-16-809, 50-JV-16-810, 50-JV-16-814
T. Donnelly, Donnelly Law Office, Austin, Minnesota (for
appellant mother N.L.)
Kristen Nelsen, Mower County Attorney, Aaron Jones, Assistant
Mower County Attorney, Austin, Minnesota (for respondent
Mower County Health and Human Services)
K. Adams, Adams, Rizzi & Sween, Austin, Minnesota (for
respondent father S.C.)
Jeffrey Johnson, Third District Public Defender, Phillip M.
Czarnecki, Assistant Public Defender, Owatonna, Minnesota
(for respondent children J.C. and O.L.)
Schoonover, Hollandale, Minnesota (respondent guardian ad
Worthington, Minnesota (pro se respondent father)
Considered and decided by Cleary, Chief Judge; Peterson,
Judge; and Larkin, Judge.
district court's amended final order in a
juvenile-protection proceeding is independently appealable,
if the amended order is filed within the 20-day period under
Minn. R. Juv. Prot. P. 47.02, subd. 2.
CLEARY, Chief Judge
April 2016, Mower County Health and Human Services (the
county) filed petitions to terminate N.L.'s parental
rights to her four children, J.C., O.L., C.L., and B.L. S.C.
is the father of J.C., and O.O. is the father of O.L. The
father of C.L. is deceased, and the father of B.L. is
unknown. The district court appointed counsel for the
children J.C. and O.L., who intervened as parties as a matter
of right under Minn. R. Juv. Prot. P. 23.01, subd. 1.
trial in September 2016, the district court's order was
filed on October 13, 2016, terminating N.L.'s parental
rights on the grounds that N.L. substantially, continuously,
and repeatedly refused and neglected to comply with the
duties imposed upon her by the parent-and-child relationship;
that N.L. is palpably unfit to be a party to the
parent-and-child relationship; and that N.L. failed to
overcome the presumption of palpable unfitness created by the
prior termination of her parental rights to another child.
The October 13, ...