Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Licking
IN THE MATTER OF: T.C. DEPENDENT CHILD
from the Licking County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile
Division, Case No. F2017-0425
Plaintiff-Appellee: ANREW ROWAN Asst. Pros., Licking Co. DJFS
Defendant-Appellant: JERMAINE COLQUITT GUARDIAN AD LITEM:
JUDGES: Hon. John W. Wise, P.J. Hon. Patricia A. Delaney, J.
Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.
Defendant-appellant Sandra Clemings ["Mother"]
appeals from the December 18, 2018 Judgment Entry of the
Licking County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division,
granting permanent custody of T.C. to plaintiff-appellee
Licking County Job and Family Services, Division of Children
Services [the "Agency"].
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Mother and Father are the parents of T.C., age 4 at the time
of the permanent custody hearing. T.C. has special needs
In June 2017, Newark police found T.C. wandering outside,
unsupervised. Father was found in the family residence under
the influence and in possession of methamphetamine. Mother
acknowledged methamphetamine use with Father, in the family
residence, when the child was present.
Father was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to a prison
term of 3 years for drug possession. His release date is in
An ex parte order of removal was granted on June 12, 2017.
Shelter care and temporary orders were entered the next day.
An uncontested adjudication was held on August 9, 2017 and
T.C. was ordered into temporary custody of the Agency. A case
plan was adopted at the hearing.
The motion for permanent custody was filed on February 12,
2018. The matter proceeded to trial on June 1, 2018 and June
15, 2018. On December 18, 2018, the magistrate granted
permanent custody to the Agency. The trial court overruled
Mother's objections, approving and adopting the
Mother appeals from the decision of the trial court dated
December 18, 2018, terminating her parental rights and
granting permanent custody of T.C. to the Agency.
The following evidence is adduced from the record of the
hearing before the magistrate on June 1 and 15, 2018.
The issues identified for Mother included substance abuse,
mental health, domestic violence, economic instability, and
parenting. The record of the permanent-custody hearing
indicates Mother was in crisis during the hearing; she
admitted her substance abuse has escalated; she is depressed
and can't get off the couch; and she ...