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FROM THE CRITTENDEN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. 18JV-16-196],
HONORABLE RALPH WILSON, JR., JUDGE
Lanford, Arkansas Public Defender Commission, for appellant.
Corbyn, Office of Chief Counsel, for appellee.
Group, PLLC, by: Keith L. Chrestman, attorney ad litem for
R. ABRAMSON, Judge
Williams appeals the Crittenden County Circuit Court order
terminating his parental rights to his son, L.C. (born in
November 2013). On appeal, Williams argues that termination
was clearly erroneous due to the denial of due process and
the lack of evidence to support the circuit courts
best-interest finding. We affirm.
October 26, 2016, the Arkansas Department of Human Services
(DHS) filed a petition for emergency custody and
dependency-neglect of L.C. and his three half siblings. The
petition listed Lola Conner as L.C.s mother and
Williams as L.C.s father. The petition further indicated
that Williams was incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of
Correction (ADC). The petition also included the fathers of
L.C.s half siblings. In the affidavit attached to the
petition, DHS alleged that Conner had stabbed one of L.C.s
half siblings twenty times. On October 28, 2016, the circuit
court entered an ex parte order for emergency custody.
November 1, the court entered a probable-cause order. The
court ordered the parties to comply with the case plan, watch
"The Clock is Ticking", complete parenting classes,
and obtain stable housing and employment.
February 21, 2017, the court adjudicated L.C.
dependent-neglected due to Conners physical abuse of a
child, and the court also found aggravated circumstances. The
court set concurrent goals of adoption and relative
June 6, DHS filed a petition to terminate Williamss and
Conners parental rights. On June 20, the court entered a
review order. The court noted that L.C.s paternal
grandmother, Felicia Linell, had inquired about placement of
L.C. but that DHS had recommended placing L.C. with his half
10, Williams filed a "written answer to the complaint or
a motion under Rule 12 of the Arkansas Rules of Civil
Procedure." In the answer, Williams denied harming L.C.
and asked the court to temporarily transfer his parental
rights to his ...