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In re Anna S., No. D055036

In dependency proceedings, an appeal from an order detaining appellant's daughter is dismissed as moot, although the court of appeals nevertheless reviews the issues on the merits and determines that the trial court erred to the extent it used a non-final opinion of an appellate court to alter its procedures and influence the outcome of the matter before it, as the trial court should have proceeded solely on the basis of its continuing jurisdiction, which authorizes it to continue to decide issues concerning the child's placement and well-being during the pendency of an appeal. 

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Appellate Information

Filed January 13, 2010


Opinion by Judge Benke

For Appellant:   Lelah Selene Forrey-Baker

For Appellee:   John J. Sansone, County Counsel, John E. Philips, Chief Deputy County Counsel, Gary C. Seiser, Deputy County Counsel