IN RE JAYLAH W., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 7, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Carl E. Seely, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tameisha W.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; and Rebekah A. Baker, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Lanis L. Karnes, Jackson, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): STAFFORD

In this termination of parental rights case, Mother appeals the trial court’s findings of the following grounds for termination: abandonment for failure to provide a suitable home; abandonment by an incarcerated parent; abandonment by willful failure to visit; abandonment by willful failure to support; substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans; and the persistence of conditions. Mother also appeals the trial court’s conclusion that termination was in the children’s best interest. We reverse as to the trial court’s findings of abandonment by failure to provide a suitable home and abandonment by an incarcerated parent. We vacate the trial court’s findings of abandonment by willful failure to support and substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans due to the trial court’s failure to make specific findings of fact. We affirm the trial court’s findings of abandonment by willful failure to visit and persistence of conditions. We also affirm the trial court’s finding that termination is in the best interest of the children. Accordingly, we affirm the termination of Mother’s parental rights.

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