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In re Alexandrea F.

Court of Appeals of Arizona, Second Division, Department A

August 15, 2013

IN RE ALEXANDREA F.

Not for Publication Rule 28, Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure

APPEAL FROM THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PIMA COUNTY Cause No. 14272102 Honorable Jane Butler, Judge Pro Tempore.

Barbara LaWall, Pima County Attorney By Amanda Ortiz-Moreno Tucson Attorneys for State.

Lori J. Lefferts, Pima County Public Defender By Susan C. L. Kelly Tucson Attorneys for Minor.

MEMORANDUM DECISION

JOSEPH W. HOWARD, CHIEF JUDGE.

¶ 1 Minor Alexandrea F. appeals from the juvenile court's April 2013 order adjudicating her delinquent for the offense of shoplifting, placing her on probation for a six-month term, and directing that she be detained pending placement approved by Child Protective Services (CPS). Citing Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Clark, 196 Ariz. 530, 2 P.3d 89 (App. 1999), counsel has provided a factual and procedural history of the case with citations to the record and asks this court to search the record for error. See also In re Maricopa Cnty. Juv. Action No. JV-117258, 163 Ariz. 484, 486-87, 788 P.2d 1235, 1237-38 (App. 1989) (juvenile entitled to Anders appeal from delinquency disposition). Counsel states "[t]he only arguable issue which appears to exist in this delinquency appeal is . . . [w]hether the trial court abused its discretion in ordering Alexandrea to be detained pending CPS placement, " but maintains her review "indicate[s] that this is not a meritorious issue which can be argued in a formal appellate brief."[1]

¶ 2 Consistent with Anders, we have reviewed the record in its entirety and are satisfied it supports counsel's recitation of the facts. Viewed in the light most favorable to upholding the juvenile court's orders, see In re John M., 201 Ariz. 424, ¶ 7, 36 P.3d 772, 774 (App. 2001), the evidence established that the court adjudicated Alexandrea delinquent after she admitted taking items from a local store's display without paying for them. Alexandrea, who had been placed with her grandparents and was due to deliver a child in June 2013, then failed to appear for two scheduled disposition hearings. When Alexandrea and her grandmother appeared in response to the court's order to show cause, the court conducted a disposition hearing and heard evidence that Alexandrea had actually been living with a boyfriend whose address was unknown. According to a CPS caseworker, CPS was attempting to arrange an alternative placement. The court placed Alexandrea on probation and, upon finding the existing family placement contrary to Alexandrea's welfare, ordered her taken into custody pending a CPS-approved placement for her.

¶ 3 We conclude substantial evidence supported the juvenile court's adjudication of delinquency and the court's disposition was statutorily authorized. See A.R.S. § 8-341(A)(1). We have found no reversible error and no arguable issue warranting further appellate review, see Anders, 386 U.S. at 744, and we therefore affirm the court's judgment of delinquency and its disposition.

CONCURRING: GARYE L. VÁSQUEZ, JUDGE, PETER J. ECKERSTROM, JUDGE.


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