Court of Appeals of Missouri, Western District, Fourth Division
September 30, 2014
In re: THE MATTER OF B.M.N., a Minor and A.R.N, a Minor; J.S.N. and A.E.G-N, Respondents,
B.M.N. and R.T., Co-Guardian and Co-Conservator of B.M.N. and L.T., Co-Guardian and Co-Conservator of B.M.N., Appellants
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Henry County. The Honorable James K. Journey, Judge.
Richard T. Nichols, Clinton, MO for Plaintiff.
Jeffery T. Adams, Clinton, MO, for appellant.
Michael B. Baker, Clinton, MO for Appellants, for respondent.
Before Division Four: Alok Ahuja, C.J., Cynthia L. Martin, J. and David H. Miller, Sp. J.
B.M.N. (" Mother" ), through and with her mother and father acting as her co-guardians and co-conservators (collectively " Guardians" ), appeal the judgment of the Circuit Court of Henry County, which terminated her parental rights to her children B.N. and A.N., and authorized their adoption without Mother's consent by their Step-Mother. Appellants challenge the court's acceptance of Mother's testimony during the termination hearing, arguing that she was incompetent to testify by virtue of her prior adjudication as incapacitated and disabled. Appellants also argue that there was insufficient evidence to find that Mother intentionally abandoned her children under § 453.040(7), RSMo. We affirm. Because a published opinion would have no precedential value, an unpublished memorandum setting forth the reasons for this order has been provided to the parties. Rule 84.16(b).