October 31, 2008
In re M.W., a Minor, ))
Appeal from the
Respondent-Appellant ) Circuit Court of
) Cook County
(The People of the State of Illinois, ))
v. ) Honorable
) Maxwell Griffin, Jr.,
Lori B. and Darrion W., ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE O'MARA FROSSARD delivered the opinion of the court:
At an adjudicatory hearing, the circuit court found M.W., the son of respondents Lori B.
and Darrion W., neglected due to an injurious environment. At a subsequent disposition hearing,
the court found, inter alia, Lori B. fit, willing and able to care for and protect M.W.
The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian (Public Guardian) and the State's
Attorney of Cook County appeal, contending that (1) the State met its burden to establish that
M.W. was abused due to a substantial risk of physical injury; and (2) the circuit court's ruling that
Lori B. was fit, willing and able to care for and protect M.W. was against the manifest weight of
For the reasons that follow, we affirm the trial court's adjudicatory hearing order but
reverse its disposition hearing order that found Lori B. fit, willing and able to parent M.W.