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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 3, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald T. Eidson, Rogersville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tabitha W.

Attorneys 2:

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

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a termination of parental rights case focusing on four minor children (“the Children”) of the defendant, Tabitha W. (“Mother”). The Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) took the Children into custody in July 2010 because of Mother’s continuing drug use and the Children’s truancy problems. DCS filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Mother in July 2011, alleging that numerous grounds for termination exist. Following a bench trial, the court granted the petition after finding, by clear and convincing evidence, that Mother was in substantial noncompliance with her permanency plan, and that the conditions originally leading to removal still persisted. The court also found, by clear and convincing evidence, that termination was in the Children’s best interest. Mother appeals. We affirm.