IN RE JAKAEHA A. L., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 18, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Meghan A. King, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ebony C. L.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, and Marcie E. Greene, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services.

John W. Stephenson, Knoxville, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This is a parental rights termination appeal. The Department of Children’s Services petitioned to terminate the parental rights of the mother2 to her daughters, ages three and one. The ground alleged was severe child abuse against a half sibling for which the mother was sentenced to more than two years imprisonment. After conducting a hearing, the trial court terminated the mother’s parental rights pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 36-1- 113(g)(4) and (5) upon finding that termination was in the best interest of the children. The mother appeals. We affirm.