Indiana Supreme Court hears disputed adoption of 2 boys

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a woman who’s challenging her two grandsons’ adoption by their other grandmother told the Indiana Supreme Court that adoption should never have been approved.

Steven Ripstra is an attorney for the boys’ paternal grandmother. He told the justices Monday that a Vanderburgh County court erred last year in approving the boys’ adoption by their maternal grandmother. Ripstra says the maternal grandmother’s 1997 conviction of neglect of a dependent would bar her under state law from adopting children.

Julie Fox is an attorney for the maternal grandmother. She says her client’s conviction never came up during the trial court’s adoption hearings.

Court documents reveal neither grandmother’s name.

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the adoptions in October. The state Supreme Court has taken the case on appeal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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