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Name: In re April C.
Case #: B178548
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 2
Opinion Date: 07/29/2005

The juvenile court declared the minors to be dependents of the juvenile court based on the minors’ allegations that their mother’s boyfriend, father of one of the minors, sexually abused the other minor. Appellant contended on appeal that the juvenile court erred in admitting the hearsay statements of the minor accusing him of sexually molesting her. He argued that under Crawford v. Washington, the admission of the minor’s testimony deprived him of his due process right to confrontation, and without the hearsay statements, the evidence was insufficient to support a finding that he sexually molested the minor. The appellate court affirmed the orders, finding that the Crawford decision has no application here because the Sixth Amendment right of a criminal defendant to confrontation does not extend to parents in a state dependency proceeding.