IN RE CHARLES K. JR., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on May 19, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Elizabeth A. Waites, Madison, Tennessee, for the appellant, Amanda S.

Attorneys 2:

Kelli Barr Summers, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles G. K. Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services. Thomas H. Miller, Nashville, Tennessee, guardian ad litem for the minor children, Charles K., Jr. and Timothy K.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This appeal involves the termination of a mother and father’s parental rights to their children. Following a bench trial, the trial court found that clear and convincing evidence existed to support the termination of each parent’s rights on the statutory grounds of abandonment for failure to visit, abandonment based upon each parent’s conduct prior to incarceration that exhibited a wanton disregard for the children’s welfare, substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans, and the persistence of conditions which led to removal. The court further found that termination was in the best interest of the children. The parents appeal. We affirm the judgment of the trial court as modified in this opinion.