IN RE: SAMUEL P. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 25, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrea Ayers, Livingston, Tennessee, for the appellant, J.L.F.

Attorneys 2:

Chasity Hancock, Livingston, Tennessee, for the appellant, R.L.P.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

Appellants are the parents of three children who were initially placed in foster care due to evidence of drug use in the parents’ home. In the Juvenile Court, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) petitioned to declare the children dependent and neglected and for emergency temporary custody. Following entry of a protective custody order, DCS filed an amended petition to declare the children dependent and neglected based upon additional allegations of severe child abuse. The Juvenile Court found severe abuse and the children to be dependent and neglected. Parents appealed to the Circuit Court, and DCS filed a petition to terminate parental rights. Following a trial, during which neither parent testified or presented evidence, the Circuit Court terminated parental rights as to each of the children. Both parents appeal the Circuit Court’s judgment. We affirm.