Custody of newborn with county by emergency order

Now 18-year-old released from detention

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]

A newborn child has been placed into the temporary custody of Highland County Children Services following an emergency hearing Tuesday in Highland County Juvenile Court.

The infant, born in recent days, has three siblings that earlier this year were also placed with Children Services after having been removed from their home due to the deplorable conditions therein.

While the parents remain on probation after their subsequent convictions of child endangering, according to the most recent complaint filed, they are currently working on case plans through Children Services in an effort to be reunited with the children.

In another hearing, a female who recently turned 18 was released from more than a month of detention following her arrest shortly after she was released from a months-long stint at a treatment facility.

The female, who was 17 at the time, admitted in March to third-degree felony illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility for knowingly bringing drugs, later confirmed as heroin, into the Highland County Justice Center.

At that time she was ordered to complete treatment at a residential facility, from which she was released in August.

Within two weeks of her release, a complaint was filed with the court for her whereabouts being unknown. She was arrested in late August and has remained in a juvenile detention facility since then.

On Tuesday, she was released from detention and is no longer on probation through the juvenile court, as she is now 18.

Also this week, a 16-year-old male was ordered to successfully complete treatment at a Troy juvenile detention facility after admitting to violating his probation by testing positive for marijuana.

Earlier this year he was found to be guilty of third-degree felony grand theft. At that time he was put on probation. Along with having to successfully complete the treatment, he is also required to pay restitution and has a suspended commitment to the Department of Youth Services, which is the prison system for youth.

In a case transferred from Montgomery County a 17-year-old male has been ordered to complete eight hours of community service after admitting to misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.
Now 18-year-old released from detention

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]