Court of Appeals of Texas, Twelfth District, Tyler
EX PARTE: WILLIAM A. RUNNELS, RELATOR
consisted of Worthen, C.J., Hoyle, J., and Neeley, J.
A. Runnels, acting pro se, filed this petition for writ of
habeas corpus to challenge Respondent's March 22, 2019,
order for contempt.We deny the writ.
a suit affecting the parent-child relationship
(SAPCR). Domanita Craddock-Neal, the Real Party in
Interest, and Runnels are the parents of N.V.R., D.A.R., and
J.T.R. In 2016, Craddock-Neal was granted the exclusive right
to determine the children's primary residence.
Subsequently, on December 17, 2018, Respondent signed an
order in suit to modify the parent-child relationship, which
contained the following provision:
Permanent Mutual Injunction
The Court finds that it is in the best interest of the
parties and the children that a permanent mutual injunction
against them should be granted as appropriate relief because
there is no adequate remedy at law.
The permanent mutual injunction granted below shall be
effective immediately and shall be binding on WILLIAM ANDRE
RUNNELS and DOMANITA ROSHUN CRADDOCK-NEAL; on their agents,
servants, employees, and attorneys; and on those persons in
active concert or participation with them who receive actual
notice of this order by personal service or otherwise.
IT IS ORDERED that WILLIAM ANDRE RUNNELS and DOMANITA ROSHUN
CRADDOCK-NEAL are permanently mutually enjoined from:
…Using corporal punishment on any minor child the
subject of this suit at any time, or allowing a third person
to use corporal punishment on any minor child the subject of
this suit at any time.
March 11, 2019, Craddock-Neal filed a second amended motion
for enforcement of injunction, in which she alleged that
Runnels violated this provision by using corporal punishment
on N.V.R., which escalated into an assault and resulted in
his arrest for assault family violence. She alleged that
Runnels's son videotaped the incident at Runnels's
March 22, Respondent signed an order in which he found that
Runnels used corporal punishment on N.V.R. on January 12,
2019, in violation of the permanent mutual injunction.
Respondent held Runnels in contempt and assessed confinement
in the county jail for a period of one-hundred eighty days.
This proceeding followed and, on June 4, this Court granted
Runnels's request for release on bond pending final
resolution of this proceeding.