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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 29, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Charles G. Currier, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Joe W. and Charlotte W.

Attorneys 2:

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

Michelle Lee Caggiano, Elizabethton, Tennessee, Guardian Ad Litem.

Judge(s): ARMSTRONG

This is a termination of parental rights case brought by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. The trial court terminated the parental rights of both parents on the grounds of severe child abuse and wanton disregard for the welfare of the child. Parents appeal. There is clear and convincing evidence to support the grounds of wanton disregard with respect to both parents and severe child abuse with regard to the father. However, we do not find that there is clear and convincing evidence to support the ground of severe child abuse with regard to the mother. There is clear and convincing evidence that termination of both parents’ rights is in the child’s best interest. We reverse in part, affirm in part, and remand.

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