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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jun 1, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joe R. Johnson, II, Springfield, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lindsay B.

Attorneys 2:

Joe D. Harsh, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the appellees, Scott W. and Jennifer W.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

This appeal arises from the termination of a mother's parental rights. When the child turned six months old, a juvenile court found Mother and Father's child dependent and neglected and placed the child in the custody of the paternal grandparents. After having custody for nearly five years, the paternal grandparents filed a petition for termination of Mother's and Father's parental rights and for adoption in chancery court. The trial court terminated Father's parental rights at a separate hearing. At the hearing on Mother's parental rights, the trial court found clear and convincing evidence that Mother, who was incarcerated when the petition to terminate was filed, abandoned the child. The court also found it to be in the best interest of the child to terminate Mother's parental rights. Mother appeals, and we affirm.