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NO. COA04-685


Filed: 5 April 2005

IN THE MATTER OF:                    Wayne County
C.E.                                No. 03 J 235


    Appeal by respondent from an order entered 21 January 2004, by Judge Rose V. Williams in Wayne County District Court. Heard in the Court of Appeals 17 January 2005.

     E.B. Borden Parker for petitioner-appellee.
    Michael J. Reece for respondent-appellant.

    GEER, Judge.

    C.E., the daughter of the respondent father, was adjudicated to be a neglected child on 2 October 2003. Respondent appeals from an order following a permanency planning hearing in which the trial court rejected respondent's request to allow him to relinquish his parental rights. We affirm.
     On 14 August 2003, the Wayne County Department of Social Services ("DSS") filed a juvenile petition alleging that respondent was physically and emotionally maltreating his daughter. Custody was placed with the child's mother. Respondent subsequently admitted that C.E. was a neglected juvenile, altho