https://www.newyorkappellatedigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NYAppelateLogo-White-1.png 0 0 Bruce Freeman https://www.newyorkappellatedigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NYAppelateLogo-White-1.png Bruce Freeman2023-03-02 11:03:072023-03-04 11:14:36EVIDENCE OF NEGLECT BASED UPON ALCOHOL USE WAS INSUFFICIENT; THE BASIS WAS OUT-OF-COURT STATEMENTS OF THE CHILD WHICH WERE NOT CORROBORATED (FIRST DEPT).
EVIDENCE OF NEGLECT BASED UPON ALCOHOL USE WAS INSUFFICIENT; THE BASIS WAS OUT-OF-COURT STATEMENTS OF THE CHILD WHICH WERE NOT CORROBORATED (FIRST DEPT).
The First Department, reversing (modifying) Family Court, determined the evidence of father’s neglect based upon alcohol use was insufficient:
… [A] preponderance of the evidence does not support a finding of neglect based on the father’s alcohol use or on any prior incidents of domestic abuse, as those findings were based on out-of-court statements of the child that were not sufficiently corroborated by any other evidence. Matter of Kaylee S. (Kyle L. S.), 2023 NY Slip Op 01150, First Dept 3-2-23
Practice Point: A neglect finding based upon uncorroborated out-of-court statements by a child is not supported by a preponderance of the evidence.
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