IN THE MATTER OF: DEON S.

This is a termination of parental rights case. Mother appeals the trial court’s termination of her parental rights on several grounds, including abandonment by willful failure to visit pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 36-1-113(g)(1) and 36-1- 102(1)(A)(i). We conclude that the ground of abandonment by willful failure to visit is met by clear and convincing evidence in the record and that there is also clear and convincing evidence that termination of Mother’s parental rights is in the child’s best interest. Affirmed and remanded.

Attorney 1: 

Daniel P. Bryant, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ashley S.

Attorney 2: 

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Mary Byrd Ferrara, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services.

Lanis L. Karnes, Jackson, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge: 
STAFFORD
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