The director of the daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” was granted permanent guardianship Thursday of her 7-month-old granddaughter, who she says was born to drug-addicted parents.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House granted Cynthia Popp’s petition, which states that her daughter and the infant’s father both consent to the proposed guardianship of the infant, who was born Aug. 25.
“You’re the stand-in parent right now,” House told Popp, explaining that the petitioner has complete authority over where the child lives and her medical needs.
The baby’s mother was clean during her pregnancy but relapsed after giving birth and is back in treatment, Popp’s petition stated. The father is not actively involved in the baby’s life and lives with his mother, according to Popp’s court papers.
Popp, 55, took parenting classes before her granddaughter was born to refresh herself with those skills, according to her petition, which says she works two days a week at the studio and can do so all other days from home. She hopes that her daughter “will become clean so that she can be a mother to (her daughter) in the future,” the petition says.
The judge said Popp does not have to give notice of her guardianship effort to her ex-husband, who has been in prison on a murder conviction since 1995 and has been out of the lives of his former spouse and daughter since then, according to the petition.
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