IN THE INTEREST OF: BG, minor child, RH, Appellant (Respondent),
THE STATE OF WYOMING, Appellee (Petitioner).
from the District Court of Carbon County The Honorable Wade
E. Waldrip, Judge.
J. Merseal and Charles F. Pelkey, Neubauer, Pelkey, Merseal
& Goldfinger, LLP, Laramie, Wyoming.
Bridget L. Hill, Attorney General; Misha Westby, Deputy
Attorney General; Jill E. Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney
General; Christina F. McCabe, Senior Assistant Attorney
Wilde, Deputy State Public Defender, Wyoming Guardian ad
Litem Program; Lisa K. Finkey, [*] Finkey Law, LLC, Gillette, Wyoming.
DAVIS, C.J., and FOX, KAUTZ, BOOMGAARDEN, and GRAY, JJ.
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.
We address one dispositive issue:
Did the juvenile court lose jurisdiction over BG when BG