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Samuels v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs.

Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Division III

October 1, 2014

JAMAR SAMUELS, APPELLANT
v.
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES and MINOR CHILD, APPELLEES

Page 600

APPEAL FROM THE UNION COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JV-2011-188. HONORABLE EDWIN KEATON, JUDGE.

Shannon Holloway, for appellant.

Tabitha Baertels McNulty, Office of Policy and Legal Services, for appellee.

Chrestman Group, PLLC, bye: Keith Chrestman, attorney ad litem for minor child.

SUZANNE RITTER LUMPKIN.

CARLA SMITH REYES.

RHONDA K. WOOD, Judge. GLADWIN, C.J., and BROWN, J., agree.

OPINION

Page 601

RHONDA K. WOOD, Judge

Jamar Samuels appeals the termination of his parental rights to A.S., his five-year-old daughter. He challenges the court's best-interest finding, the court's findings of the statutory grounds for termination, the lack of accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and his counsel's ineffectiveness. We find no error and affirm.

I. Facts and Procedural History

In 2011, DHS removed A.S. from the custody of her mother following the death of her sibling. The court adjudicated her dependent-neglected and ordered the goal of permanent custody with Samuels, her father. After some time, the court placed A.S. in Samuels's temporary custody. Thirty-one days later, Samuels was arrested and pleaded guilty to the third-degree domestic battery of his girlfriend; A.S. had been present during the incident. The court removed A.S. from his custody and she remained in foster care for another sixteen months. In August 2013, the court found that it was in A.S.'s best interest to return her to Samuels's custody a ...


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