Friday, February 12, 2016

In Re Donovan L. (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 11, 2016)

"Shannon was married to Donovan at the time of DJ's conception in 2010 and birth in 2011. In 2010, Shannon had an affair with David and informed him she was pregnant. David did not seek involvement in Shannon's pregnancy or DJ's rearing until he saw Shannon and one-year-old DJ at a shopping center parking lot in July 2012. Seeing a resemblance, David took a paternity test on his own initiative and determined he was DJ's biological father. He told friends and family he was DJ's father and asked Shannon for visits with DJ. She facilitated a few visits between DJ and David, unbeknownst to Donovan.

Shannon and DJ stayed at David's apartment for two weeks in August 2012, when she and Donovan were having marital problems. During that time, Shannon called the police because David locked her out after they fought over child custody. When officers arrived, they found David and DJ 'passed out' on the bed with approximately 50 marijuana plants growing in the apartment. Following this incident, the Agency filed the 2012 dependency petition under Welfare and Institutions Code, section 300, subdivision (b)."

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