Court of Appeals of Texas, Seventh District, Amarillo
IN THE INTEREST OF A.G. AND A.G., CHILDREN
Appeal from the 320th District Court Potter County, Texas
Trial Court No. 89, 336-D, Honorable Don R. Emerson,
QUINN, C.J., and CAMPBELL and PIRTLE, JJ.
T. CAMPBELL JUSTICE
D.G.,  appeals the trial court's order
terminating his parental rights to his children, A.G. and
We will affirm the judgment of the trial court.
case involves a female child, A.G., nine years old by the
time of the final hearing, and a male child, A.G., then six
years old. The children have an older half-sister, A.E., who
was a teen at the time of the final hearing.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services became
involved with the family after allegations of neglectful
supervision, domestic violence and drug use by both parents
were reported. In November 2016, the Department filed
pleadings that included an original petition for protection
of a child, for conservatorship, and for termination.
the time the Department became involved, D.G. voluntarily
entered a rehabilitation facility for addiction to synthetic
marijuana. D.G. remained in the facility for 28 days. In
September 2016, the mother was admitted to a mental health
facility after she attempted to commit suicide. When she left
the facility, she failed to take her prescribed medication
and continued to abuse methamphetamine.
children were removed from the care of the mother and D.G.
and placed in foster care. A.E. was placed with a maternal
cousin and the younger two children were placed with a
maternal aunt and her husband. The children remained in that
placement at the time of the final hearing.
hearing was held in November 2017. Two counselors, a
Department investigator, a Department caseworker, the
children's foster father and D.G. testified. The main
concerns in the hearing involved domestic violence and drug
hearing the evidence, the court took the matter under
advisement. A final written order was subsequently signed,
reflecting that the trial court terminated D.G.'s
parental rights to his two children based on a finding that
clear and convincing evidence showed D.G. violated sections
D, E, and O of section 161.001(b)(1) of the Texas Family
Code. Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 161.001(b)(1)(D), (E), (O)
(West 2018). The trial court also found that clear and
convincing evidence demonstrated that termination was in the
children's best interest. Tex. Fam. Code Ann. §
the order, D.G. challenges the legal and factual sufficiency
of the evidence supporting the predicate grounds on which the
trial court terminated his parental rights. D.G. does not
challenge the trial court's finding with regard to the
best interest of his children. We will therefore not discuss
the evidence of best interest except as it pertains to our
analysis of the sufficiency of evidence supporting the
predicate grounds on which the court relied.
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