IN RE DEVONTA L.C. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 31, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Ben H. Houston, II, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Russell C.

Attorneys 2:

Joshua Hedrick, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brandy C.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a termination of parental rights case focusing on three minor children (“the Children”). The defendants are Russell C. (“Father”) and Brandy C. (“Mother”). The Children were taken into custody by the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) in January 2008 because of repeated injuries sustained by the oldest child. DCS filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of both parents in April 2010, alleging numerous grounds for termination. Following a bench trial, the court granted the petition after finding, by clear and convincing evidence, that Father and Mother were in substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans and that the conditions leading to removal still persisted. However, the trial court found that severe child abuse was not proven. The court did find, by clear and convincing evidence, that termination is in the Children’s best interest. Father and Mother appeal. We reverse in part and affirm in part. Termination of the parents’ parental rights is affirmed.

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