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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 10, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lauren Armstrong Carroll, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sheila A.

Attorneys 2:

Beth Boniface, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellee, Donna O.

Dale Darby, Morristown, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This case concerns the termination of the mother’s parental rights. The subject child is the second born to the mother. The petitioner is a friend of the mother with whom the child has lived continuously for several years. We have determined that the record contains clear and convincing evidence to support terminating the mother’s parental rights on the three grounds relied upon by the trial court: abandonment for failure to visit and to provide support and persistence of conditions. The record further supports the conclusion that terminating the mother’s parental rights is in the child’s best interest. Accordingly, we affirm the findings of the trial court.