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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 1, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Josh Hoeppner, Livingston, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tina C.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Rebekah A. Baker, Senior Counsel, Office of Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

This appeal arises from the termination of parental rights to an adopted child. The boyfriend of the adoptive mother physically and sexually abused the child. Upon a petition filed by the Department of Children’s Services, the juvenile court found by clear and convincing evidence that the adoptive mother had committed severe child abuse. The juvenile court also found by clear and convincing evidence that termination was in the child’s best interest. The adoptive mother appeals claiming that she was not the perpetrator of the abuse and that she had not been given an opportunity to adjust her circumstances. We affirm the termination of parental rights.