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IN THE INTEREST OF B. R. S., a child.
A90A1723.
CARLEY, Judge.
Termination of parental rights. Cobb Juvenile Court. Before Judge Phillips.
Based upon an allegation that appellant-mother's child was deprived, appellee-Georgia Department of Human Resources sought the termination of her parental rights pursuant to OCGA 15-11-81 (b) (4). The trial court conducted a hearing, found that the child was deprived, and terminated appellant's parental rights. Appellant appeals from the termination order.
B. R. S. is the second of appellant's three children. The evidence shows that he was discovered by police in a filthy motel room with appellant's third husband. The child, who was not quite two years old at the time, was without clothes, was crying profusely, and exhibited multiple bruises and cigarette burns on his body. Appellant's husband pled guilty to a charge of cruelty to children. Appellant pled guilty to charges of simple battery and reckless conduct. Appellant urges that it was her husband, and not she, who was responsible for the deprivation of the child and that, therefore, there is no clear and convincing evidence to support the juvenile court's finding of her lack of proper parental care or control pursuant to 15-11-81 (b) (4) (A) (ii). However, the record clearly shows that appellant "did nothing to protect her children from the physical and emotional abuse to which her husband subjected them, although she knew he was prone to violence and had harmed her and them in the past." In the Interest of Y. P., 188 Ga. App. 554, 555 (373 SE2d 657) (1988). See also In re D. C., 176 Ga. App. 30 (335 SE2d 148) (1985). "[P]arental unfitness supporting a termination of parental rights can be caused ' " 'either by intentional or unintentional misconduct resulting in abuse or neglect of the child or by what is tantamount to physical or mental incapacity to care for the child.' " '[Cit.]" (Emphasis supplied.) In the Interest of E. P. N., 193 Ga. App. 742, 748 (2c) (388 SE2d 903) (1989).
2. A ground of objection to the juvenile court's consideration of certain evidence which was not raised below is waived and will not be considered on appeal. See In the Interest of J. L. Y., 184 Ga. App. 254, 258 (3) (361 SE2d 246) (1987); In the Interest of D. S., 176 Ga. App. 482, 485 (2) (336 SE2d 358) (1985); Brown v. Dept. of Human Resources, 157 Ga. App. 106 (1) (276 SE2d 155) (1981).
3. Appellant urges that it was error to terminate her parental rights without her first having been provided an opportunity to rehabilitate herself.
Appellant has cited no authority for the proposition that the opportunity for rehabilitation is a prerequisite to the termination of her parental rights. In full compliance with applicable statutory requirements of OCGA 15-11-81 (b) (4) (A) (iii), the juvenile court found that the deprivation of the child resulting from appellant's parental unfitness is likely to continue or will not likely be remedied, and there is sufficient clear and convincing evidence to support the findings in this regard. See In re A. N. Y., 181 Ga. App. 499 (353 SE2d 8) (1987); In the Interest of J. I. H., 191 Ga. App. 848, 850 (3) (383 SE2d 349) (1989). " 'In a case such as this, a plea of additional time to improve is without force to overcome the proof of unrelieved detriment already suffered by the child where there is no indication but the promise to suggest hope of improvement. [Cits.]' [Cit.]" In the Interest of B. L., 196 Ga. App. 807, 810 (3) (397 SE2d 156) (1990). See also In the Interest of E. P. N., supra at 747 (2b, c).
4. After the termination of parental rights, the juvenile court "shall first attempt to place the child with the child's extended family or with a person related to the child by blood or marriage." OCGA 15-11-90 (a) (1). However, there is no comparable statutory provision which mandates that, prior to the termination of parental rights and as a prerequisite thereto, the juvenile court must make a similar attempt. See In the Interest of P. F. J., 174 Ga. App. 47, 48 (2) (329 SE2d 194) (1985). As noted, there is clear and convincing evidence to authorize the juvenile court's findings that appellant was responsible for the deprivation of the child and that her parental unfitness is likely to continue or is not likely to be remedied. Compare In the Interest of K. E. B., 190 Ga. App. 121 (378 SE2d 171) (1989). There is nothing in the record which otherwise casts doubt on the determination that a complete severance of appellant's parental rights was appropriate. Compare Jones v. Dept. of Human Resources, 168 Ga. App. 915, 916 (310 SE2d 753) (1983).
Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, Carol A. Cosgrove, William C. Joy, Senior Assistant Attorneys General, Margot M. Cairnes, Edwards, Friedewald & Grayson, Robert J. Grayson, for appellee.
Lisa Pledger, pro se.
Constance M. Boughan, for appellant.
DECIDED JANUARY 17, 1991 -- REHEARING DENIED FEBRUARY 13, 1991.
Thursday May 21 09:52 EDT


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