Court of Appeals of Texas, Fourth District, San Antonio
the 25th Judicial District Court, Guadalupe County, Texas
Trial Court No. 17-2619-CV-C Honorable Thomas Nathaniel
Stuckey, Judge Presiding
Sitting: Sandee Bryan Marion, Chief Justice, Patricia O.
Alvarez, Justice, Beth Watkins, Justice
Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice
Dad appeals the trial court's order terminating his
parental rights to his child I.S.i Dad asserts the
evidence is neither legally nor factually sufficient for the
trial court to have found by clear and convincing evidence
that his course of conduct met any of the alleged statutory
grounds for termination.
Dad did not challenge the trial court's finding on best
interest of the child, and the evidence was legally and
factually sufficient to support the trial court's
findings for at least one of the statutory grounds,
ii we affirm the trial court's order.
To protect the minor's identity, we refer to Appellant
and the child using aliases. See Tex. R. App. P.
Because Dad is the only appellant, we recite only those facts
that pertain to Dad or the child.
was born to Mom and Dad in late 2010. In June 2012, Dad was
charged with assaulting Mom and causing her bodily injury.
Because of an earlier assault conviction, Dad was convicted
of felony assault causing bodily injury to a family member
and sentenced to ten-years' probation. In 2015, after Dad
and Mom divorced, his probation was revoked, and he was
incarcerated; he was paroled in August 2017. As a condition
of his parole, he could have no contact with Mom or I.S.
December 2017, the Department of Family and Protective
Services petitioned for temporary managing conservatorship of
I.S. because of, inter alia, Mom's ongoing abuse of drugs
and alcohol. The trial court granted the Department's
petition and placed Mom and Dad on service plans. During the
plan period, Dad was again arrested and again incarcerated.
one-day bench trial, citing grounds (D), (E), and (O),
the best interest of the child, the trial court terminated
Dad's parental rights to I.S. Dad appeals.
Required, Standards of Review
evidentiary standards the Department must meet and the statutory
grounds the trial court must find to terminate a
parent's rights to a child are well known, as are the
legal and factualsufficiency standards of review.
We apply them here.
for Terminating ...