This is a termination of parental rights case. The trial court terminated Mother’s parental rights upon its finding, by clear and convincing evidence, of abandonment, persistence of conditions, and that termination is in the best interests of the children. We conclude that the trial court erred in finding persistence of conditions. However, we affirm the trial court’s finding of abandonment and that termination of Mother’s parental rights was in the best interests of the children.
C. Michael Cardwell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Carmenita C.
Kelli Barr Summers, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellees, Christopher Prince, Leann Prince, Brian Smith and Amanda Smith.
Lisa M. Fiehweg, Nashville, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.