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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 23, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robin Gunn, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tanisha M.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; and Kathryn A. Baker, Assistant Attorney General for the appellee, State of Tennessee Department of Children?s Services.

Judge(s): SWINEY

Tanisha M. (“Mother”) appeals the order of the Juvenile Court for Knox County (“Juvenile Court”) terminating her parental rights to the minor children A?Leah M. (“the Older Child”) and Sh Myah M. (“the Younger Child” or collectively “the Children”) for abandonment by willful failure to pay child support pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1- 113(g)(1) and Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-102(1)(A)(i), for failure to comply with a permanency plan pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-113(g)(2), and for persistent conditions pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-113(g)(3). We find and hold that the evidence does not preponderate against the findings of the Juvenile Court made by clear and convincing evidence that grounds were proven to terminate Mother?s parental rights to the Children and that it was in the Children?s best interest for Mother?s parental rights to be terminated. We, therefore, affirm.