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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 2, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Sheila L. O’Regan, Granville, Tennessee, for the appellant, L.Y.N.G.

Attorneys 2:

Allen Steele, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellant, K.B.G.

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Jordan Scott, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a parental termination case concerning the four minor children (collectively, the Children) of L.Y.N.G. (Mother) and K.B.G. (Father). The Department of Children’s Services (DCS) was already involved with the family when it took emergency custody of the children following an incident of domestic violence between the parents. The children were placed together in foster care with relatives. They were adjudicated dependent and neglected. Fifteen months later, DCS filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of both parents. The court granted the petition based on its finding, by clear and convincing evidence, (1) that multiple grounds for termination existed and (2) that termination was in the children’s best interest. Mother and Father appeal. They challenge the trial court’s finding of grounds for termination, but do not raise an issue as to the trial court’s determination regarding the Children’s best interest. We affirm.