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In re Fawaz A.

Supreme Court of New York, First Department

December 31, 2013

In re Fawaz A., A Child Under the Age of Eighteen Years, etc.,
v.
Nafysa J., Respondent, and Franklyn B.C., Respondent-Appellant, Administration for Children's Services, Petitioner-Respondent.

Michael S. Bromberg, Sag Harbor, for appellant.

Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York (Susan Paulson of counsel), for respondent.

Tamara A. Steckler, The Legal Aid Society, New York (Adira Hulkower of counsel), attorney for the child.

Mazzarelli, J.P., Andrias, DeGrasse, Freedman, Gische, JJ.

Order of disposition, Family Court, Bronx County (Kelly A. O'Neill Levy, J.), entered on or about March 30, 2012, which, upon a fact-finding determination of neglect by the infliction of excessive corporal punishment, transferred custody of the subject child to petitioner Administration for Children's Services until the next permanency hearing, and directed appellant to refrain from inflicting corporal punishment on the child and to continue to attend family therapy and individual counseling until no longer recommended, unanimously affirmed insofar as it brings up for review the fact-finding determination of neglect, and the appeal therefrom otherwise dismissed as moot, without costs.

The court properly found that appellant maternal uncle neglected the subject child by inflicting excessive corporal punishment on him and permitting the babysitter to do the same, based upon the testimony of the child's teacher and a caseworker that they observed bruises on the child's body, which the child attributed to corporal punishment by appellant and the babysitter (see Nicholson v Scoppetta, 3 N.Y.3d 357, 368 [2004]).

The appeal from the placement terms of the dispositional order is moot, since the placement terms of the order have expired by their own terms, and were superseded by subsequent orders (see Matter of Fred Darryl B., 41 A.D.3d 276, 277 [1st Dept 2007]).


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