IN RE: DAKOTA L. M. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 31, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph O. McAfee, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brandon M.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Joshua Davis Baker, Assistant Attorney General, General Civil Division, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Whittney N. L. Good, Bulls Gap, Tennessee, guardian ad litem for the minor, Dakota L. M.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This is a termination of parental rights case in which the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services sought to terminate the parental rights of Brandon M. and 1 Anthony T. to their minor child.2 The trial court terminated Brandon M.’s parental rights, finding that there was clear and convincing evidence to support termination based upon, abandonment, substantial non-compliance with the permanency plans, and persistence of conditions and that termination of her parental rights was in the best interest of the child. Brandon M. appeals the court’s best interest determination. We affirm the decision of the trial court.