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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 18, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lisa A. White, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Connie M.

Attorneys 2:

Jennifer H., Maynardville, Tennessee, Pro Se.


This is a termination of parental rights and adoption case. Appellant, the minor child’s paternal grandmother, appeals the trial court’s denial of her petition to terminate Appellee/Mother’s parental rights on grounds of abandonment by willful failure to visit and persistence of the conditions that led to the child’s removal from Appellee’s home. Specifically, the trial court held that Appellant had failed to meet her burden of proof to show, by clear and convincing evidence, either that Appellee’s failure to visit the child was willful, or that the conditions that precipitated the child’s removal persisted. Discerning no error, we affirm and remand.