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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Dec 21, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Connie Reguli, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellants, D.M. and M.N.

Attorneys 2:

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

Judy A. Oxford, Franklin, Tennessee, Guardian Ad Litem.


This is a dependency and neglect case. Appellants adopted the minor child, who is the subject of this appeal, from China. Thereafter, Appellee Tennessee Department of Children‘s Services received a referral that the child was dependent and neglected. The Juvenile Court held that the child was dependent and neglected and was the victim of severe abuse at the hands of Appellants. Appellants sought a de novo review in the Circuit Court. Following a hearing, the Circuit Court held that the child was the victim of severe child abuse and was, therefore, dependent and neglected. Appellants appeal the Circuit Court‘s substantive ruling and also raise issues concerning the trial court‘s pre-trial rulings, evidentiary rulings, and the award of guardian ad litem fees. Discerning no error, we affirm and remand.