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In re M.E.

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine

January 7, 2016

IN RE M.E

         Submitted on Briefs July 23, 2015.

         Argued December 9, 2015.

         On the briefs:

          Aaron B. Rowden, Esq., and Jared S. Brewer, Esq., Schneider ¶ Brewer, Waterville, for appellant father.

         Janet T. Mills, Attorney General, and Meghan Szylvian, Asst. Atty. Gen., Office of the Attorney General, Augusta, for the Department of Health and Human Services.

         At oral argument:

         Jared S. Brewer, Esq., for appellant father.

         Meghan Szylvian, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the Department of Health and Human Services.

         Panel: SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, and JABAR, JJ.

          OPINION

          PER CURIAM

          [¶1] This is the second appeal in this child protection matter. In the first appeal, we affirmed the order of the District Court (Portland, Powers, J. ) finding that M.E.'s father had placed her in circumstances of jeopardy to her health or welfare. In re M.E., 2014 ME 98, ¶ 19, 97 A.3d 1082; see 22 M.R.S. § 4035 (2015). The father now challenges the court's termination of his parental rights to M.E. on grounds that the procedures undertaken by the court violated his due process rights, and that there is insufficient evidence in the record to support the court's judgment. We disagree and affirm the judgment.

         I. BACKGROUND

          [¶2] Our decision in In re M.E. contains a detailed recitation of the facts and procedure up to that point, 2014 ME 98, ¶ ¶ 2-14, 97 A.3d 1082. To avoid duplication, we focus on the court's findings, which are supported by the record, regarding the events that have occurred since In re M.E. was issued.

          [¶3] The father has continued to discount the severity of the child's medical problems, refused to acknowledge ...


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