In re L.E.A. and A.G.A., Children Appeal from 408th Judicial District Court of Bexar County (memorandum opinion)

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Fourth Court of Appeals San Antonio, Texas MEMORANDUM OPINION No. 04-18-00561-CV IN THE INTEREST OF L.E.A. and A.G.A., Children From the 408th Judicial District Court, Bexar County, Texas Trial Court No. 2017-PA-02472 Honorable Charles E. Montemayor, Judge Presiding Opinion by: Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice Sitting: Sandee Bryan Marion, Chief Justice Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice Irene Rios, Justice Delivered and Filed: January 9, 2019 AFFIRMED; MOTION TO WITHDRAW DENIED Appellant Dad appeals the trial court’s order terminating his parental rights to his children L.E.A. and A.G.A. 1 For the reasons given below, we affirm the trial court’s order. The Department sought temporary conservatorship of the children for alleged domestic violence between Mom and Dad. 2 The trial court heard evidence that Dad had prior convictions for sexual assault of a child 3 and possession of a controlled substance. Dad minimized the domestic violence issues, but a child confirmed Dad sometimes hits Mom, including the time Mom stabbed Dad in the leg. Dad tested positive for methamphetamines but denied its use. He admitted using drugs prescribed for others, and he missed eight of eleven ordered drug tests. Dad had To protect the minors’ identities, we refer to the parents and the children using aliases. See TEX. R. APP. P. 9.8. Because Dad is the only appellant, we limit our recitation of the facts to those that pertain to Dad or the children. 3 Mom was the child victim; she was twelve, Dad was eighteen. They eventually married. 1 2 04-18-00561-CV provided child support, but he lost his job and was now “nearly homeless.” He did not complete any of his ordered services and had not visited his children for the last three months before trial. The trial court found Dad’s course of conduct met statutory grounds (D), (E), (N), and (O), and terminating Dad’s rights was in the children’s best interests. It terminated Dad’s parental rights to the children. Dad appeals. ANDERS BRIEF Dad’s court-appointed counsel filed a motion to withdraw and a brief containing a professional evaluation of the record. The brief concludes there are no arguable grounds to reverse the termination order. The brief satisfies the requirements of Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967). See In re P.M., 520 S.W.3d 24, 27 n.10 (Tex. 2016) (per curiam) (applying Anders procedures to parental rights termination cases). Counsel also represents that he provided Dad with a copy of the Anders brief, his motion to withdraw, and a form to request a free copy of the appellate record. He advised Dad of his right to review the record and file his own brief. We ordered Dad to file his pro se brief, if any, not later than September 28, 2018. Dad did not request a copy of the record or file a pro se brief. Having carefully reviewed the entire record and counsel’s brief, we conclude the evidence was legally and factually sufficient to support the trial court’s findings by clear and convincing evidence. We further conclude that there are no plausible grounds to reverse the termination order. We affirm the trial court’s order. MOTION TO WITHDRAW In his motion to withdraw, court-appointed appellate counsel does not assert any ground for withdrawal other than his conclusion that the appeal is frivolous. Counsel’s duty to Dad is not yet complete; the motion to withdraw is denied. See id. at 27, n.11; see also TEX. FAM. CODE ANN. § 107.016(3); In Interest of A.M., 495 S.W.3d 573, 583 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, pet. -2- 04-18-00561-CV denied) (“If the [father] wishes to pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court of Texas, ‘appointed counsel’s obligations can be satisfied by filing a petition for review that satisfies the standards for an Anders brief.’” (quoting In re P.M., 520 S.W.3d at 27–28)). Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice -3-