from the District Court of Laramie County The Honorable
Thomas T.C. Campbell, Judge
Representing Appellants: Douglas W. Bailey, Bailey Stock
Harmon Cottam P.C., Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Representing Appellee: Peter K. Michael, Attorney General;
Misha Westby, Deputy Attorney General; Jill E. Kucera, Senior
Assistant Attorney General; Christina F. McCabe, Senior
Assistant Attorney General. Argument by Ms. McCabe.
Guardian Ad Litem: Dan S. Wilde, Deputy State Public Defender
and Aaron S. Hockman, Chief Trial and Appellate Counsel,
Wyoming Guardian Ad Litem Program. Argument by Mr. Hockman.
BURKE, C.J., and HILL, DAVIS, FOX, and KAUTZ, JJ.
Appellants, MMH and LJH, appeal from the juvenile court's
order denying their motion to intervene in custody
proceedings relating to their granddaughter, EHD. Appellants
claim the court abused its discretion in denying their
motion. They further contend the court erred in denying their
requests to be appointed to the multi-disciplinary team and
to have EHD placed with them. We affirm.
Appellants present the following issues:
1. Did the juvenile court abuse its discretion in denying
Appellants' request to intervene?
2. Did the juvenile court abuse its discretion in denying
Appellants' request to be appointed to the
3. Did the juvenile court abuse its discretion in denying
Appellants' request that EHD be placed with them?
State and EHD's guardian ad litem raise the following
1. Whether this Court should decline to review
Appellants' claim that they were entitled to intervention
as a matter of right because they did not raise the issue in
the juvenile court.
2. Whether Appellants lack standing to challenge the juvenile
court's denial of Appellants' request to be appointed
to the multi-disciplinary team and the court's denial of
Appellants' request that EHD be placed with them.
On June 18, 2015, EHD's mother, HD ("Mother"),
was discovered unconscious in the backseat of her vehicle by
law enforcement with a needle protruding from her body. She
held EHD in her arms and an empty bottle of rum was within
reach. Mother was arrested for driving under the influence
and possession of a controlled substance, and EHD was placed
in protective custody after efforts to place her with family
The State filed a petition alleging that Mother had neglected
EHD. After a hearing on the State's petition, the
juvenile court found that EHD had been neglected. The court
ordered that she would remain in the State's custody and
that the Department, in consultation with EHD's guardian
ad litem, should determine the physical placement of EHD. The
court also appointed a multi-disciplinary team
("MDT") to provide recommendations for her care.
The team consisted of EHD's foster parents, the guardian
ad litem, the Department caseworker, Mother, Mother's
attorney, and the district attorney.
The Department placed EHD in foster care. While she was in
foster care, Appellants had unsupervised visitation with her
in their home. In December 2015, the Department learned that
Mother was living in the home and that Appellants were
permitting her access to the child without the
Department's supervision. From that point on, the
Department began supervising ...