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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 22, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Richard L. Elliston, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ciera P.

Attorneys 2:

Philip M. Jacobs, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellees, Todd and Judy R.

Judge(s): FRIERSON

This is a termination of parental rights case focusing on Landen P. (“the Child”), the minor daughter of Kevin P. (“Father”) and Ciera P. (“Mother”). The Child was born in 2007, while the parents were residing in Florida. In 2008, Mother left Father and the Child and moved to Utah. Thereafter, she maintained sporadic contact with the Child only by telephone. Father subsequently moved with the Child to Cleveland, Tennessee in 2009. In 2011, Father’s mother and stepfather, Judy and Todd R., obtained custody of the Child through proceedings in the Bradley County Juvenile Court. Judy and Todd R. filed the instant petition seeking to terminate Mother’s parental rights on August 1, 2011, for the purpose of adopting the Child. Having been arrested in May 2011, Father was incarcerated at the time of trial. Father consented to the adoption, and his parental rights were terminated on February 24, 2012. Following a bench trial, the trial court granted the petition and terminated Mother’s parental rights. The court found, by clear and convincing evidence, that Mother had abandoned the Child by failing to visit and support her during the relevant four-month time period and that termination was in the Child’s best interest. Mother has appealed. We affirm.