August 21, 2013
In the Matter of E. R., a Child.
B. G., Appellant. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Petitioner-Respondent, In the Matter of C. G., a Child. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Petitioner-Respondent,
B. G., Appellant. In the Matter of J. G., a Child. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Petitioner-Respondent,
B. G., Appellant. In the Matter of K. P., a Child. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Petitioner-Respondent,
B. G., Appellant. In the Matter of K. G., a Child. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Petitioner-Respondent,
B. G., Appellant.
Submitted on July 16, 2013.
Klamath County Circuit Court 0500459JV, 0500459JV2, 0500459JV3, 0900442JV, 0900442JV2 Petition Number 1200444M, 1200456, 1200445M. Cameron F. Wogan, Judge.
Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, and Sarah Peterson, Deputy Public Defender, Office of Public Defense Services, filed the brief for appellant.
Ellen F. Rosenblum, Attorney General, Anna M. Joyce, Solicitor General, and Inge D. Wells, Senior Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.
Before Ortega, Presiding Judge, and Sercombe, Judge, and Hadlock, Judge.
In these consolidated dependency cases, father appeals judgments in which the juvenile court asserted jurisdiction over his four children. He asserts that the Department of Human Service (DHS) failed to present legally sufficient evidence to support the court's exercise of jurisdiction. See ORS 419B.310(3) ("The facts alleged in the petition showing the child to be within the jurisdiction of the court as provided in ORS 419B.100(1), unless admitted, must be established by a preponderance of competent evidence."). Specifically, father contends that DHS "failed to prove its factual allegations, and its failure to do so is dispositive and requires reversal." The state, for its part, concedes that "the juvenile court erred in concluding that DHS had proved the facts alleged in the petitions by a preponderance of the evidence" and, for that reason, "the judgments should be reversed." We agree and accept the state's concession.
Judgments reversed as to C. G., J. G., K. P., and K. G.; with respect to E. R., reversed as to father; otherwise affirmed.