IN RE: BRAXTON R. - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 6, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael J. Rocco, Sparta, Tennessee, for the appellant, Darrel R.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Kathryn A. Baker, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves the termination of a father's parental rights to his nearly three-year-old child. In 2014, the child was adjudicated dependent and neglected due to his parents' substance abuse, including the fact that the child was born with illegal drugs and non-prescribed medication in his system. In 2015, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services filed a petition seeking to terminate the father's parental rights on the statutory grounds of abandonment and severe child abuse. The juvenile court found that the grounds of abandonment and severe child abuse were proved by clear and convincing evidence and also found by clear and convincing evidence that termination of father's rights was in the child?s best interests. The father appeals. We affirm.