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People ex. rel. N.A.T.

Court of Appeals of Colorado
134 P.3d 535 (2008)


T.T.C. (defendant) was the mother of two children, N.A.T., who was two months old, and J.M.T., Jr., who was two years old. N.A.T. was hospitalized for bronchitis, and the hospital noted that N.A.T. and J.M.T., Jr. appeared malnourished. The hospital also noted that T.T.C. arrived at the hospital intoxicated. The Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS) (plaintiff) intervened, and T.T.C. was ordered to follow a treatment plan to regain custody of her children. T.T.C. only partially complied with the treatment plan and failed to obtain employment, obtain a mental-health evaluation, or follow up with outpatient treatment upon release from a three-week treatment in a residential treatment center. T.T.C. also relapsed and tested positive for cocaine. The case worker further noted that in T.T.C.’s visits with her children, she was not able to provide for their needs. T.T.C. suggested that the children be placed with her cousin, their maternal grandmother, or a paternal cousin. However, none of the proposed placements were considered satisfactory. Accordingly, the juvenile court found that T.T.C. was unfit, and T.T.C.’s rights were terminated. T.T.C. appealed.

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