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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 27, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

W. Michael Kilgore, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeremy P.

Attorneys 2:

Georgina K. Hughes, Mount Juliet, Tennessee, for the appellees, Ronald S. and Linda S.

Tiffany D. Hagar, Lebanon, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

Father appeals the termination of parental rights to his child. The maternal grandparents obtained custody of the child shortly after her birth due to evidence of drugs in the child’s bloodstream. When the child was one year of age, Father was incarcerated and remained so two years later when the maternal grandparents filed a petition for termination of parental rights. The juvenile court found statutory grounds for termination of Father’s parental rights and concluded that it was in the child’s best interest to terminate Father’s parental rights. On appeal, Father argues that the evidence did not support the juvenile court’s conclusion that termination of Father’s parental rights is in the child’s best interest. We disagree and affirm the juvenile court’s termination of Father’s parental rights.