APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT
Lloyd Rankin, Respondent-Appellant)
542 N.E.2d 487, 186 Ill. App. 3d 386, 134 Ill. Dec. 308 1989.IL.1164
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Champaign County; the Hon. John R. DeLaMar, Judge, presiding.
JUSTICE KNECHT delivered the opinion of the court. McCULLOUGH, P.J., and LUND, J., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE KNECHT
Lloyd Rankin appeals from the order of the circuit court of Champaign County which found his minor daughter, A.D.R., neglected pursuant to section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (Act of 1987) (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 37, par. 802-3). The sole issue before this court is whether the trial court's finding was against the manifest weight of the evidence. It was not.
On April 4, 1988, the State filed a two-count petition for wardship in the circuit court of Champaign County which alleged A.D.R., the only child of Lloyd and Rhonda Rankin, was a neglected and abused minor. Count I alleged neglect due to an environment injurious to the minor's welfare when she resides with her mother and father. Count II alleged abuse due to a substantial risk of physical injury to the minor created by a parent, by other than accidental means, and the acts of the parent would be likely to cause impairment of the emotional health and/or impairment of the bodily functions of the minor.
A shelter care hearing was held on April 4 in the circuit court. The State called three witnesses, and Rhonda testified on her own behalf.
The first witness, Sergeant Susan Welch of the Urbana police department, testified she responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Rankin home on March 26, 1988. Sergeant Welch stated Rhonda had been beaten and bruised about the face. Rhonda told Sergeant Welch her boyfriend had been in the apartment and beaten her 15 minutes beforehand. Lloyd, however, told Sergeant Welch that Rhonda arrived at the residence 15 minutes beforehand and told Lloyd her boyfriend had beaten her.
The second witness, Sergeant Everett Krueger of the Urbana police department, testified he responded to a call at the Rankin home on March 31, 1988. When he arrived he found Rhonda lying on the floor in the apartment. He said he also saw the minor in the apartment, and she appeared to be in very good health. Rhonda was transported to Carle Hospital, where she gave conflicting accounts concerning her injuries. Lloyd told Sergeant Krueger an account which conflicted with Rhonda's. Sergeant Krueger also stated he witnessed Lloyd strike Rhonda, apparently without provocation, while the couple walked along a street in the summer of 1987.
The third witness, Debra Tullis, supervisor in the division of child protection for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services , testified next. Tullis interviewed Rhonda on March 31, and Rhonda said she had not been beaten. Tullis also stated she interviewed Lloyd on March 31, and he told her Rhonda had been beaten by her boyfriend.
Rhonda testified on her own behalf, stating she was beaten by her boyfriend on March 26 and fell down in her home on March 31. At the Conclusion of the hearing, the court found probable cause for the ...