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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 22, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jacquelyn M. Scott, Carthage, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nataley S.

Attorneys 2:

Brandon J. Cox, Smithville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Eddie S.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Rachel E. Buckley, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children?s Services.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

This appeal arises from the termination of a mother?s and a father?s parental rights. On a petition for dependency and neglect, the juvenile court on an emergency basis removed the child from the parents. The parents later stipulated that the child was dependent and neglected, and the court made a finding that the child was a victim of severe child abuse at the hands of both parents. More than seven months later, the Tennessee Department of Children?s Services filed a petition to terminate parental rights based on the previous finding of severe child abuse by both parents and on the ground of willful abandonment for failure to support by the father. The trial court found clear and convincing evidence for both grounds and that it was in the best interest of the child to terminate parental rights. Both parents appeal. We affirm the termination of parental rights.