FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, TENTH DIVISION [NO.
60JN2014-1660] HONORABLE JOYCE WILLIAMS WARREN, JUDGE.
Lanford, Ark. Pub. Defender Comm'n, for appellant.
Firth, County Legal Operations, for appellee.
Chrestman Group, PLLC, by: Keith L. Chrestman, attorney ad
litem for minor child.
BRANDON J. HARRISON, Judge.
Sharks appeals the Pulaski County Circuit Court's
decision to terminate his parental rights to his child,
one-year-old D.S. He argues that terminating his parental
rights was not in D.S.'s best interest and that the
Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to prove a
statutory ground to support the termination. We affirm the
circuit court's decision.
December 2014, DHS took emergency custody of D.S. after
someone had reported that Sharks was swinging four-month-old
D.S. in a threatening manner at the Pulaski County
Courthouse. Police officers arrested Sharks for public
intoxication after observing him behave erratically and
telling them he would kill D.S. and D.S.'s mother if he
had to. The circuit court adjudicated D.S.
dependent-neglected in February 2015. The court found
D.S.'s putative father Tomeko Sharks's "use of
alcohol with his prescription
medication . . . make him an unfit parent." The court
then ordered Sharks, among other things, to
1. Cooperate with DHS
2. Undergo a psychological evaluation if he hadn't
undergone one within the previous six months
3. Attend and participate in individual counseling and follow
4. Take medication as prescribed
5. Refrain from illegal drug and alcohol use
6. Undergo a drug-and-alcohol assessment
7. Submit to random drug screens
8. Complete parenting classes
9. Obtain and maintain stable employment ...