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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 14, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brandon M. Booten, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Danielle J.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Meghan Murphy Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This is a termination of parental rights case. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) filed a petition seeking to terminate the mother’s parental rights with respect to the minor child. The juvenile court found that statutory grounds existed to terminate the mother’s parental rights upon its finding by clear and convincing evidence that the mother (1) abandoned the child by her willful failure to visit, (2) abandoned the child by her willful failure to provide a suitable home, (3) failed to substantially comply with the requirements of the permanency plans, and that (4) the conditions that led to the child’s removal still persisted. The juvenile court further found by clear and convincing evidence that termination of the mother’s parental rights was in the child’s best interests. Having thoroughly reviewed the record and considered the arguments presented on appeal, we affirm the juvenile court’s judgment in all respects.