Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Tuscarawas
from the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, Case No.
Plaintiff-Appellee KAREN ROSS QUINLAN, For I. B. DOUGLAS
JACKSON, GERRIT M. DENHEIJER
Defendant-Appellant MICHAEL JOHNSON, BRANDLE
MCKINNEY-BUTCHER, PRO SE
JUDGES: Hon. Patricial A. Delaney, P.J. Hon. Craig R.
Baldwin, J. Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.
1} Appellant-father (hereinafter "father") appeals
the November 28, 2018 Judgment Entry of the Tuscarawas County
Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Court Division, which
terminated his parental rights with respect to his minor
child, 14-year-old I.B., and granted permanent custody of the
child to appellee, Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} TCJFS involvement with this family began before mother and
father divorced in 2016. In 2004, due to deplorable home
conditions as well as medical and physical neglect, all three
children were removed and placed in foster care. They were
returned to mother and father in 2006. After mother and
father's divorce, mother left Tuscarawas County with the
children, including I.B, the child at issue here. Their
whereabouts were unknown for a year.
3} Mother returned to Tuscarawas County in 2017. She went to
a shelter and placed the children with S.M., an acquaintance
from church. S.M filed for custody, but the placement was
ultimately found to be inappropriate.
4} On November 3, 2017, TCJFS filed a motion for custody of
I.B. On November 28, the case was adjudicated and I.B was
found to be a dependent child. A guardian ad litem was
appointed for I.B.
5} A magistrate's decision was filed on December 12,
2017, ordering I.B into the temporary custody of TCJFS.
6} Father desired custody of I.B but has not had custody of
any of the children since the divorce. He was granted
supervised visitation during the pendency of this matter, for
one hour per week. A case plan was formulated for father
which required him to complete parent education classes, a
psychological evaluation, sign required releases, obtain and
maintain safe, sanitary, and stable housing, stay current on
mortgage and utility payments, and maintain employment.
7} On October 1, 2018, TCJFS filed a motion for permanent
custody as neither mother nor father could provide a ...