In the Matter of JAB and LMF, 2015 MT 28 (Jan. 27, 2015) (McKinnon, J.) (7-0, aff’d)
Issue: (1) Whether the district court abused its discretion in terminating Mother’s parental rights to LMF; and (2) whether the district court abused its discretion in terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to JAB without requiring reunification services.
Short Answer: (1) No, and (2) no.
Facts: Mother is the birth mother of LMF, born in 2008, and JAB, born in 2012. Father is the birth father of JAB. Mother and Father struggle with methamphetamine addiction. In 2009, DPHHS removed LMF from Mother’s care based on allegations she was caring for LMF while under the influence of meth. LMF was placed with her paternal grandparents, who have cared for her most of the past five years.…