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Posted by: Landry Butler on Aug 5, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Seth Crabtree, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jennifer D.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Madeline B. Brough, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This appeal involves the termination of a mother’s parental rights to her minor child. Following a bench trial, the trial court found that clear and convincing evidence existed to support termination on the statutory grounds of substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan, persistent conditions, and severe child abuse. The court further found by clear and convincing evidence that termination was in the child’s best interest. The mother appeals. Having reviewed the record, we hold that only the ground of substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan is supported by clear and convincing evidence. Additionally, we hold that clear and convincing evidence supports the trial court’s finding that termination is in the child’s best interest. Because the record contains clear and convincing evidence to support one statutory ground for termination and that termination is in the child’s best interest, we affirm the trial court’s termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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