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2004-UP-099 - SC Department of Social Services v. Kelehear

In The Court of Appeals

South Carolina Department of Social Services,        Respondent,


Dorothy Kelehear, Samuel Kelehear, Sr., John Doe,/Oand Princess A. Cartrette a/k/a Princess A. Kelehear  DOB:  11/25/93,/OTheodore Morehouse DOB:  06/24/95,/OAlonzo L. Cartrette a/k/a Samuel Kelehear, Jr.  DOB:  06/04/97/OMinor(s) under the age of 18 years,        Defendants,

of whom Dorothy Kelehear is        Appellant.

Appeal From Lee County
R. Wright Turbeville, Family Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2004-UP-099
Submitted November 19, 2003 – Filed February 17, 2004   


Dorothy Kelehear, of Tabor City, James P. Saverance, Jr., of Bishopville, for Appellant.

Stephen Bryan Doby, of Bishopville, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Dorothy Kelehear appeals from a family court order terminating her parental rights as to her three minor children. The family court found that the children had lived outside Kelehear’s home for more than six months. The family court also heard testimony that Kelehear failed to support the children. See S.C.Code Ann. § 20-7-1572(4) (Supp. 2000).

Pursuant to Ex parte Cauthen, 291 S.C. 465, 354 S.E.2d 381 (1987), Kelehear’s counsel attached to the record of the family court proceedings an affidavit stating his belief that the appeal lacks merit. Kelehear did not file a pro se response to counsel’s affidavit.

Upon reviewing the record and the family court’s determination in its entirety, we find no meritorious issues warranting briefing. Accordingly, the trial court’s decision is


HUFF, STILWELL, and BEATTY, JJ., concur.