IN RE THOMAS L. H. H. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 1, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joel Stephen Mills, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher L. H. H.

Attorneys 2:

Gregory D. Smith and Rebecca K. McKelvey, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Krissa L. S. B. and Marc T. B.

Stephanie P. Edwards, Nashville, Tennessee, as Guardian ad Litem for, Thomas L. H. H.

Judge(s): DINKINS

The trial court terminated Father’s parental rights to his child, who was born addicted to drugs and with extensive medical needs, on the ground of persistence of conditions; Father, who was incarcerated when the child was born, appeals, contending that the termination of his rights is not supported by clear and convincing evidence. We have determined that the evidence shows that the Father’s lack of participation in the care of the child and the treatment of the child’s medical needs constitutes neglect; that the neglect persists and is reasonably probable to continue; that it will not be remedied; and that continuation of the relationship would put the child at further risk, thereby diminishing the child’s complete integration into a safe and stable home. Consequently, we affirm the termination of Father’s parental rights.