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In re R.S.

Court of Appeals of Texas, Second District, Fort Worth

August 31, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF R.S., A CHILD

         FROM THE 233RD DISTRICT COURT OF TARRANT COUNTY TRIAL COURT NO. 233-587794-15

          PANEL: LIVINGSTON, C.J.; GABRIEL and PITTMAN, JJ.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION[1]

          MARK T. PITTMAN JUSTICE.

         Pro se Appellant A.S. (Mother) appeals the trial court's order granting sole managing conservatorship of her son R.S. to his father's parents (Grandparents) and awarding her supervised possession and access. We affirm the trial court's judgment.

         I. Procedural and Factual Background

         A. Mother Was Arrested for Child Endangerment and Possession of Methamphetamine Before R.S. Was Two Months Old.

         R.S. was born in October 2014. In late November 2014, Mother was arrested in a traffic stop for methamphetamine possession and child endangerment. Mother entrusted R.S. to the adult male passenger in the car with R.S. and her at the time of the stop, and the man took R.S. to a drug house.

         B. At Trial, Mother Was Still Serving a Sentence for Child Endangerment of R.S. and Had Not Yet Begun Substance Abuse Felony Treatment for Possessing Methamphetamine.

         Based on her conduct leading to her arrest, Mother was convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to sixteen months' confinement in state jail. She anticipated going to a substance abuse felony punishment facility for six months on the drug possession charge after completing her sentence for child endangerment. At the time of trial in this suit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR), Mother remained confined in state jail. In mailing her general denial to the district clerk, however, she also included certificates of several courses she had completed in jail, including a parenting course.

         C. Father Had a Criminal History and Drug Issues.

         C.S., R.S.'s father (Father), had a history of drug abuse. He had several prior criminal convictions and was on parole and living in a halfway house when R.S. was born.

         D. Because of Father's Instability and Drug Use, R.S. Lived with Grandparents Since February 2015.

         CPS placed R.S. with Father after Mother's arrest. In February 2015, Father and R.S. moved in with Grandparents. Soon thereafter, Father started having problems, moved out, and entered a six-month drug rehabilitation program; R.S. remained ...


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