Court of Appeals of Missouri, Western District, Fourth Division
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Platte County, Missouri. The Honorable Wanda A. Hansbrough, Judge.
Jennifer M. Snider, Platte City, MO, for respondent.
Bert M. Godding, Kansas City, MO, for appellant.
Before Division Four: Lisa White Hardwick, Presiding Judge, James E. Welsh, Judge and Cynthia L. Martin, Judge. All concur.
Cynthia L. Martin, J.
H.J.S. (" Mother" ) appeals an adjudication and disposition judgment of the Circuit Court of Platte County finding that her son, J.S., should be subject to the jurisdiction of the court and placed in the custody of the Missouri Children's Division
due to allegations of abuse. Mother alleges that the State failed to properly allege abuse or neglect in its petition and that the court lacked sufficient evidence to find abuse. We dismiss the appeal because it is moot.
Factual and Procedural Background
Mother is the natural mother of J.S. Six year-old J.S. resided with Mother, his nine year-old sister, E.S., and Mother's boyfriend (" A.K." ).
On April 10, 2014, Mother discovered that J.S. had a serious burn on his hip and thigh. Mother immediately sought appropriate medical care for J.S. At the time of the injury, J.S. was in his room. Mother and A.K. were present in the home. Mother did not witness and could not explain how the injury occurred.
On April 11, 2014, the Platte County Juvenile Office (" Juvenile Office" ) filed for and was granted a request for Temporary Protective Custody of J.S. The Juvenile Office then filed a Petition (" Petition" ) requesting that J.S. be placed in protective custody. The Petition alleged that J.S. was injured while in the care, custody, and control of Mother and A.K., and that Mother had been unable to provide an explanation as to how the juvenile was injured.
A protective custody hearing was held on April 16, 2014. Mother stipulated that J.S. should be placed in protective custody with her parents. The order placing J.S. in protective custody provided that ...