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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA IN THE INTEREST OF: Juvenile Abuse Neglect No. 20-JA-132 20-JA-133 Judge Thomas H. Ewing M.D. 08/25/2020 J.H. 04/05/2018 Adult Respondents: Jessica Smith Shane Drake Deshawn Hood Or any man claiming to be the father of J.H. ORDER OF PUBLICATION To Whom It May Concern: The purpose of this action is to protect the child respondents, M.D., and J.H., from abuse and neglect. The Petitioner, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, is seeking legal and physical custody of said child respondents, M.D., and J.H. Further, the Petitioner is seeking to locate Jessica Smith, Shane Drake, Deshawn Hood, or any man claiming to be the father of J.H., their whereabouts are unknown. Jessica Smith is the biological mother of Child Respondent M.D., who was born on August 25, 2020, and Child Respondent J.H., who was born on April 5, 2018. Counsel for the Petitioner, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, is William C. Burdick, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 108 East Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, West Virginia, 25840. It appearing that the whereabouts of Jessica Smith, Shane Drake, Deshawn Hood, or any man claiming to be the father of J.H., are presently unknown at this time, it is Ordered that Jessica Smith, Shane Drake, Deshawn Hood, or any man claiming to be the father of J.H., obtain from the Fayette County Circuit Clerk at the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville, West Virginia, the Petition filed in this matter. Jessica Smith, Shane Drake, Deshawn Hood, or any man claiming to be the father of J.H., must appear and defend on or before Friday, July 23, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., in the Courtroom of the Honorable Thomas H. Ewing, Fayette County Courthouse Judicial Annex, Fayetteville, West Virginia, at which time an adjudicatory hearing will be held. Failure to answer and defend could result in a default judgment, and loss of parental rights. Further, it is hereby Ordered that Jessica Smith, Shane Drake, Deshawn Hood, or any man claiming to be the father of J.H., be advised of their rights to have counsel at every stage of these proceedings. Jessica Smith, Shane Drake, Deshawn Hood, or any man claiming to be the father of J.H., are further advised that such proceedings may result in the severance of parental rights and the transfer of custody of said children unto the Petitioner. The child respondents, M.D., and J.H., shall be represented by counsel at every stage of these proceedings. The Guardian ad Litem appointed for said children is Evan Dove, P.O. Box 746, Fayetteville, WV 25840; 304.574.2182. ENTERED by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Fayette County this 25th day of May, 2021. WILLIAM C. BURDICK Assistant Prosecuting Attorney DEBORAH B. HENDRICK, CLERK Fayette County Circuit Court Fayette County, West Virginia LC-111223 06-03,10;2021