IN RE KEISHEAL N. E. ET AL.

This is the second appeal by the father of three minor children challenging the termination of his parental rights. Mother’s parental rights were terminated in 2009 and are not at issue. In the first appeal, this Court found the Department of Children’s Services failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite the children with the father and therefore reversed the termination of Father’s parental rights. In re Keisheal, N.E., No. M2009-02527-COA-R3-PT, 2010 WL 2176104, at *1 (Tenn. Ct. App. May 28, 2010). Following the first appeal, a new petition was filed. After the second trial, the trial court found the petitioners established the ground listed in Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-1-113(g)(8)(B)(i) that: “[t]he parent . . . is incompetent to adequately provide for the further care and supervision of the child because the parent’s . . . mental condition is presently so impaired and is so likely to remain so that it is unlikely that the parent . . . will be able to assume the care and responsibility for the child in the near future. . . .” The trial court further found the Department of Children’s Services made reasonable efforts to reunite the children with the father, and that termination was in the children’s best interest. We affirm.

Attorney 1: 

Jeffrey C. Gruber, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Keith E.

Attorney 2: 

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter, Martha A. Campbell, Deputy Attorney General, and Douglas Earl Dimond, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge: 
CLEMENT
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