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In Re Karina L.

New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department


May 7, 2013

IN RE KARINA L., AND OTHERS, CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, ETC., AND ISRAEL R., RESPONDENT-APPELLANT, ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES, PETITIONER-RESPONDENT.

Matter of Karina L. (Israel R.)

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on May 7, 2013 Andrias, J.P., Acosta, Freedman, Richter, Gische, JJ.

Order of disposition, Family Court, Bronx County (Fernando H. Silva, J.), entered on or about April 3, 2012, to the extent it brings up for review an order, same court and Justice, entered on or about March 2, 2012, which, following a hearing, found that respondent abused one of the subject children and derivatively neglected the others, unanimously affirmed, without costs, and the appeal therefrom otherwise dismissed, without costs, as abandoned.

A preponderance of the evidence supports the court's finding that respondent had sexual contact with one of the children (see Family Court Act § 1046[b][i]). Two social workers testified that respondent admitted that he touched the child's breast and kissed her on the lips. The court properly found that the witnesses' out-of-court statements were corroborated by the social worker's notes and the records of the hospital containing the same allegations, and that the testimony of each witness corroborated the testimony of the others (see Matter of Nicole V., 71 NY2d 112, 118 [1987]). That the purpose of respondent's conduct was sexual gratification was properly inferred from the conduct itself (see Matter of Kwame H., 258 AD2d 424 [1st Dept 1999]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: MAY 7, 2013

CLERK

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