FROM THE CONWAY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. NO. JV-14-01. HONORABLE
TERRY SULLIVAN, JUDGE.
Appellant: Leah Beth Lanford.
Appellee: Mischa Kay Martin, Keith L. Chrestman.
J. HARRISON, Judge. GLADWIN, C.J., and WHITEAKER, J., agree.
BRANDON J. HARRISON, Judge
Robinson appeals the Conway County Circuit Court's
termination of her parental rights to her children D.D. and
S.D. She argues that termination was not in her
children's best interest and that it does not fulfill the
purpose of termination under Ark. Code Ann. §
9-27-341(a)(3) (Repl. 2015). We affirm.
case began on 1 January 2014 when Robinson called the police
to report that Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., a celebrity, raped her
in her sleep and was punishing her and other women. She also
said, among other things, that she and Bobby Ray had a child
together named Elijah but he was not born yet. She told the
police that she had thought about ending her life. After
police officers arrested Robinson for marijuana possession,
the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) took
emergency custody of D.D. and S.D. because the children
lacked a caregiver. Robinson told the caseworkers that the
children's father, Montana Dean, lived in Ohio and that
she had obtained a protection order against Dean for
allegedly molesting D.D. and S.D.
circuit court adjudicated the children dependent-neglected in
February 2014. Robinson was not present for the adjudication
hearing. Robinson was present for a May 2014 review hearing.
In the May review order, the circuit court wrote: " The
court agreed to change the goal today based upon the
testimony presented and the fact that mom has not complied
since the children were removed on 1/1." The "
concurrent plan of this case shall continue to be
reunification. The goal is adoption or placement with a legal
guardian/permanent custody." The court noted that
Robinson had not visited the children since February and also
Ciera does not have an identification card. Ciera testified
she is homeless and has been kicked out of shelters because
Nicki Manaj [sic] is trying to kill her. She was in a mental
hospital in Ohio. Admits she is bipolar and sees spirits.
The father, Montana Dean, is not part of the case and has no
significant contacts with his children.
October 2014 the court entered an order terminating DHS's
obligation to provide reunification services to Robinson. The
court noted the testimony of the children's father,
Montana Dean, that " Ciera sees spirits and has sudden
mood swings," that they fought in the past, and that he
was convicted of domestic abuse against her. According to
Dean, Robinson left Ohio and did not contact him to tell him
where the children were, and he recently found out the
children were in DHS custody and came down for the hearing.
The court wrote:
The Court found specifically that there is little likelihood
that services will result in reunification due to the
mother's mental instability in continuing to believe that
nationally-known entertainers are trying to get her and rape
her and that she is off her medication and believes that she
does not need any. She has been without stable housing for
most of the case and has been discharged from multiple
shelters and spent two months in jail. She has had district
court criminal cases in three separate counties since the
case opened. The Court noted the therapist's statement
that when the children are permanently placed somewhere, they
will need long-term, intensive care with structure and
stability and the Court believes Ciera cannot provide this.
The Court also found that [the] children were subjected to
aggravated circumstances due to abandonment. Ciera abandoned
her children since the case has been opened for ten months
and she has not visited her children since February and up
until very recently, she made no attempts to reunify with
short, the circuit court found that there was little
likelihood that services would result in reunification and