IN RE DERRICK J., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 8, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William Freemon, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Elizabeth J., and Carl Roberts, Jr., Elizabethton, TN, for the appellant, Jeremiah J.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and W. Derek Green, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.


This is a termination of parental rights case. Appellants appeal the trial court’s termination of their parental rights to three minor children on the grounds of: (1) abandonment by failure to provide suitable housing; (2) persistence of the conditions that led to the removal of the children from Appellants’ home; and (3) severe child abuse. As to Appellant/Mother, the trial court also found that Appellee, the Department of Children’s Services, had proven, by clear and convincing evidence, that mother failed to substantially comply with the requirements set out in the permanency plan; mother appeals the termination of her parental rights on this additional ground. Appellants also appeal the trial court’s determination that termination of their parental rights is in the best interests of the children. Discerning no error, we affirm and remand.