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Terrones v. Arkansas Department of Human Services

Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Division I

March 1, 2017

JUAN TERRONES APPELLANT
v.
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND MINOR CHILDREN APPELLEES

         APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH DIVISION [NO. 60JV-2015-969] HONORABLE WILEY A. BRANTON, JR., JUDGE

         AFFIRMED

          Tina Bowers Lee, Arkansas Public Defender Commission, for appellant.

          Andrew Firth, Office of Chief Counsel, for appellee.

          Chrestman Group, PLLC, by: Keith L. Chrestman, attorney ad litem for minor children.

          RAYMOND R. ABRAMSON, Judge

         Juan Terrones appeals the Pulaski County Circuit Court order terminating his parental rights to his children M.T. and J.T. On appeal, Terrones argues that the circuit court erred in finding that (1) a statutory ground supported termination and (2) it was in the best interest of the children to terminate his parental rights. We affirm.

         On July 5, 2015, the Arkansas Department of Human Services ("DHS") exercised an emergency hold over M.T., J.T., and their half-sibling, K.T., after having received a call that their mother, Kayla Jackson, [1] had been admitted to Baptist Hospital for seizures. At the hospital, Jackson expressed suicidal thoughts and admitted methamphetamine use.

         On July 8, 2015, DHS filed a petition for emergency custody. The affidavit attached to the petition stated that DHS had taken an emergency hold of the children based on Jackson's inability to care for them, Jackson's history of methamphetamine use, and the lack of another proper caregiver. The affidavit noted that the children had been living with Terrones. On July 8, 2015, the court entered an ex parte order for emergency custody.

         On July 14, 2015, the court found probable cause for the emergency custody. The court listed Terrones as the putative father of M.T., J.T., and K.T. and ordered that paternity be established by DNA testing.

         On August 27, 2015, the court adjudicated the children dependent-neglected. The court noted DHS's extensive history with Jackson dating back to 2006. The court found that the children had been subjected to aggravated circumstances in that it was unlikely that services to the family would result in successful reunification within a reasonable time. The court noted that Terrones was not believed to be the father of K.T. and further noted that he had been on probation for domestic violence against Jackson. The court ordered Terrones to submit to a psychological evaluation, a drug-and-alcohol assessment, and drug-and-alcohol screenings; attend parenting classes; and obtain and maintain stable and appropriate housing. The court noted that Terrones remained married to another woman, Angel Martin, even though he planned to continue his relationship with Jackson. The court advised him to get a divorce.

         On November 3, 2015, the court held a permanency-planning hearing, and on December 3, 2015, the court entered a permanency-planning order. In the order, the court noted that DNA tests reflected that Terrones is the biological father of M.T. and J.T. but not K.T. The court further noted that Terrones had tested negative on his drug screens. As to Jackson, the court noted that she was pregnant and that she had tested positive on a drug screen. The court found that DHS had made reasonable efforts to provide family services. The court continued the goal as reunification.

         On April 5, 2016, the court appointed Terrones an attorney. On that same day, the court held a second permanency-planning hearing. And on May 12, 2016, the court entered a permanency-planning order.[2] In the order, the court found that DHS had made reasonable efforts to provide family services. The court noted that Jackson had a drug screen with no temperature reading in March 2016, which the court found indicated deceit. As to Terrones, the court noted that he had tested negative on his drugs screens and had made some efforts to comply with the court's orders. The court further noted that Terrones had submitted to psychological evaluation but the results were "not favorable." The court referenced the results of a home study, which stated,

There is also some indication of possible instability within the relationship with [Jackson's] live-in boyfriend [Terrones] as evidenced by their report of no separations within their relationship yet there is at least one child fathered by someone other than the boyfriend [Terrones] within the reported time that they ...

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