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In re BG

Supreme Court of Wyoming

November 14, 2019

IN THE INTEREST OF: BG, minor child, RH, Appellant (Respondent),
v.
THE STATE OF WYOMING, Appellee (Petitioner).

          Appeal from the District Court of Carbon County The Honorable Wade E. Waldrip, Judge.

         Representing Appellant:

          Joshua J. Merseal and Charles F. Pelkey, Neubauer, Pelkey, Merseal & Goldfinger, LLP, Laramie, Wyoming.

         Representing Appellee:

          Bridget L. Hill, Attorney General; Misha Westby, Deputy Attorney General; Jill E. Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Christina F. McCabe, Senior Assistant Attorney General.

         Guardians ad Litem:

          Dan S. Wilde, Deputy State Public Defender, Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Program; Lisa K. Finkey, [*] Finkey Law, LLC, Gillette, Wyoming.

          Before DAVIS, C.J., and FOX, KAUTZ, BOOMGAARDEN, and GRAY, JJ.

          FOX, Justice.

         [¶1] This case arises from an ongoing juvenile court action involving three minor children and their mother, RH (Mother). Mother argues the juvenile court lost jurisdiction over one of her children, BG, when BG turned 18 years old. The juvenile court held that it retained jurisdiction over BG under Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 14-3-431(b), which allows a juvenile court to retain jurisdiction over a child adjudicated neglected once they reach 18 years of age if certain requirements are met. Because those requirements were not met, the juvenile court's jurisdiction over BG lapsed when she turned 18, and we must dismiss this case.

         ISSUE

         [¶2] We address one dispositive issue:[1]

Did the juvenile court lose jurisdiction over BG when BG ...

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