Recent Slip Opinions

Filed August 20, 2012
Slip Opinion No. D061391

In re R.V. (Fourth Dist., Div. One)

    Substantial evidence supported the trial court’s ruling that the Father’s sexual abuse of his daughter left the son at substantial risk of sexual abuse by the Father, as well.


Filed July 05, 2012
Slip Opinion No. S187587

In re Ethan C. (Supreme Court)

    Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 300, subdivision (f) allows the juvenile court to adjudicate a child a dependent of the court where a parent’s fatal negligence which presents a risk of harm to surviving children in the custody of the parent, if the court finds that want of ordinary care by the child’s parent caused another child’s death. Further, an accident is not a superseding cause of death because the negligence of the parent was a substantial contributing cause of the child’s death in an ensuing traffic accident.


Filed June 27, 2012
Slip Opinion No. D061239

In re A.G. (Fourth Dist., Div. One)

    The trial court properly denied reunification services to a Father under Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 361.5, subdivision (b)(7), because the Father's sexual abuse of his daughter indicates that he poses a danger to his sons by creating a dysfunctional and potentially dangerous environment.


Filed June 22, 2012
Slip Opinion No. D061155

In re Lana S. (Fourth Dist., Div. One)

    A court may properly deny family reunification services to a parent when parental rights have been terminated in earlier proceedings involving a sibling or half-sibling and the parent has not subsequently made reasonable efforts to treat the problems that led to removal, even though those problems are not alleged in the current dependency petitions.


Filed May 23, 2012
Slip Opinion No. D059598

In re Joey G. (Fourth Dist., Div. One)

    The juvenile court erred when it failed to obtain and consider a joint report pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 241.1 and make a determination as to whether the status of ward or dependent would best serve the minor's interests.