FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. JV-2015-267-3]
HONORABLE STACEY ZIMMERMAN, JUDGE
Bowers Lee, Arkansas Public Defender Commission, for
Goff, Office of Chief Counsel, for appellee.
Chrestman Group, PLLC, by: Keith L. Chrestman, attorney ad
litem for minor child.
BRANDON J. HARRISON, Judge
Troglin appeals the termination of her parental rights to her
son, C.T.Troglin challenges both the
best-interest determination and the statutory grounds for
termination. We affirm the termination order.
March 2015, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS)
filed a petition for emergency custody of four-year-old C.T.
The accompanying affidavit explained that DHS had exercised a
seventy-two-hour hold on C.T. on March 25 after Troglin had
been arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor.
"Kristan reportedly left [C.T.] with a friend at West
End Apartments and did not return to pick him up. Kristan had
left [C.T.] with Nycole Fargo and a man named Mikah, but he
was reportedly shuffled around to several different
apartments and ended up staying with Ronnie Bridges."
The affidavit noted that Justin Troglin was currently in
jail. The affidavit also recited DHS's history with the
March 16, 2012: True on Kristan and Justin for Inadequate
Supervision on [C.T.].
April 15, 2012-August 15, 2012: Protective services case
opened on the family.
June 2, 2014: True on Justin for Inadequate Supervision on
July 12, 2014-September 12, 2014: Protective services case
open on the family.
February 16, 2015: Pending investigation on Kristen [sic] for
inadequate supervision on [C.T].
March 25, 2015: Pending investigation on Kristen [sic] for
inadequate supervision on [C.T.] due to these most recent
Washington County Circuit Court granted the ex parte order
for emergency custody, and on April 1, found probable cause
for C.T. to remain in DHS's custody. The probable-cause
order noted that Troglin was in the Intensive Care Unit but
did not indicate why she was hospitalized.
2015, the court adjudicated C.T. dependent-neglected due to
neglect, parental unfitness, and Troglin's drug use.
Troglin was allowed supervised visitation and phone visits
once a week. She was also ordered to contact the
family-service worker once a week, undergo a psychiatric
evaluation, participate in individual counseling, not use
illegal drugs or alcohol, submit to random drug screens, and
obtain and maintain stable housing and employment. The