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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ind. Decisions - "5-Year-Old At Center Of Adoption Court Battle: Biological Mother Fights To Regain Custody"

The Supreme Court's April 24, 2009 decision in the case of Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of G.Y.; R.Y. v. IDCS (see ILB summary here) was the subject of this Feb. 16, 2010 story on Indianapolis 6News. The story begins:

INDIANAPOLIS -- A 5-year-old boy is at the center of a court battle between his biological mother and the woman who has raised him.

Roxanne Yorn, 30, had her parental rights involuntarily terminated after she was convicted of dealing cocaine and sentenced to eight years in prison, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

Her son George, who was then 19 months old, was adopted by Marian Stowe, 43, and her husband, who said they believed the adoption was final.

But last year, the Indiana Supreme Court overturned the termination of Yorn's parental rights, ruling that "we do not find the likelihood of the mother re-offending to be a sufficiently strong reason that termination of parental rights is in the child's best interests."

Now Yorn and Stowe are facing off in court, each seeking full custody of the boy.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2010 09:56 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions | Indiana Courts