Wendell Willard White filed a habeas corpus complaint seeking to obtain the custody of his four-year-old daughter from her stepfather. The mother of the child is dead.
After hearing evidence the trial court found that the child had lived with her stepfather since November 3, 1973; that the father, the stepfather and maternal and paternal grandparents all expressed a willingness to accept custody of the child; that the father has over the past several years shown very little interest in said child; that he drinks alcoholic beverages excessively on occasions necessitating arrests add some minor convictions; that the father was abusive to law enforcement officers on one of the arrests for driving while intoxicated; that the lifestyle of the father is not conducive to a healthy environment for a young girl, that the father recently lived with a woman, not his legal spouse for approximately one year, and that he is unfit to rear said child, has made no plans for taking actual possession of her, and only has plans for some future time when he is "settled," that the stepfather has a genuine love and affection for the child, is financially able to care for and rear her, is morally fit, and has made suitable arrangements for child care services while he is working.
The trial court awarded custody of the child to the stepfather. The appeal is from this judgment. Held:
". . . [I]f there is 'reasonable evidence' in the record to support the decision made by the habeas corpus court . . . then the decision of the habeas corpus court must prevail as a final judgment, and it will be affirmed on appeal." Robinson v. Ashmore, 232 Ga. 498
, 500 (207 SE2d 484