IN RE: EDDIE F., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 2, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Elizabeth Alexander Brady, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Latasha A.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Alexander S., Rieger, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Daniel J. Cantwell, Guardian Ad Litem.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves the termination of a mother's parental rights to her four children by two different fathers. Mother contested the termination, but the fathers ultimately did not. The trial court found by clear and convincing evidence that several grounds for termination exist and that termination is in the best interests of the Children. The mother appeals. For the following reasons, we reverse the trial court's finding that Mother abandoned her children by failing to provide a suitable home. We also reverse the trial court's finding that Mother failed to substantially comply with the requirements of her permanency plans. However, we conclude that there is clear and convincing evidence to support the other grounds for termination relied upon by the trial court and that the termination of Mother's parental rights is in the Children's best interest.