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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 10, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James A. Rose, Madison, Tennessee, for the appellant, Anthony W.

Attorneys 2:

G. Avery Mott, Nashville, Tennessee, Guardian Ad Litem.

Judge(s): BENNETT

The trial court terminated Father?s parental rights on the statutory ground of wanton disregard for the welfare of the child. Father appealed. We reverse because when Father engaged in the conduct at issue, in fact, Father did not know of his parentage. A father cannot exercise wanton disregard for the welfare of a child if he does not know the child exists.