IN RE: LELAND C.L. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 17, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David Vander Sluis, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the appellant, David R.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Rebecca Lyford, Senior Counsel, Office of Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): FRANKS

This is a termination of parental rights case involving the biological father, David R. (“Father”), of the minor child, Leland C.L. The child was taken into custody on June 14, 2010, at two months of age, due to the biological mother’s drug use and the fact that he tested positive for opiates and hydrocodone at birth. The Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) filed a Petition to Terminate Parental Rights naming the father as a respondent on January 7, 2011. Following a bench trial, the Court granted the Petition upon finding, by clear and convincing evidence, that the father had abandoned the child by failing to provide a suitable home for him, and also that the father was in substantial noncompliance with his permanency plans. The Court further found that termination was in the child’s best interest. The father appeals. We affirm.