IN RE: SERENITY L. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 31, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jessica C. McAfee, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christina L.

Attorneys 2:

Sandy Phillips, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ian C. Janie Lindamood, Johnson City, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem. Russell J. Kloosterman, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellee, Julie V.

Judge(s): SWINEY

Christina L. (?Mother?) and Ian C. (?Father?) appeal the termination of their parental rights to the minor child Serenity L. (?the Child?). We find and hold that the Juvenile Court for Washington County (?the Juvenile Court?) did not err in finding that clear and convincing evidence existed of grounds to terminate Mother‘s parental rights pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-113(g)(1) and § 36-1-102(1)(A)(i) for abandonment by willful failure to visit and by willful failure to support and § 36-1-113(1)(A)(iv) for wanton disregard; and to terminate Father‘s parental rights pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1- 113(g)(1) and § 36-1-102(1)(A)(iv) for wanton disregard and § 36-1-113(g)(9) for failure to manifest the ability and willingness to assume custody, risk of substantial harm, and failure to establish paternity. We further find and hold that the Juvenile Court did not err in finding that clear and convincing evidence existed that it was in the Child‘s best interest for Mother‘s and Father‘s parental rights to be terminated. We, therefore, affirm the termination of Mother‘s and Father‘s parental rights to the Child.

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